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In brief: Museum shooting suspect too injured for court

Tue., June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON – A white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is in no condition to appear in court, a federal judge ruled Monday.

James von Brunn, 88, was shot in the face by guards who returned his fire last week and is still hospitalized. FBI officials have said he is likely to survive.

After a brief private conversation with prosecutors and the defense, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola said at a hearing that he had determined that it would not be possible for von Brunn to have an initial appearance in the next week.

Von Brunn has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Stephen T. Johns.

Immigrants’ files to be opened to public

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Millions of files containing information about U.S. immigrants will soon be open to the public through a federal facility in suburban Kansas City.

Historians and others say the Alien Registration files, or A-files, provide an important picture of immigration after 1944. They contain photographs and letters along with detailed personal information.

Preservationists had been worried because the federal government considered the files temporary and could have destroyed them after 75 years. But a deal signed this month between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Archives and Records Administration preserves all 53 million files.

AMA questions science of anti-aging hormones

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association says there’s no scientific proof to back up claims of anti-aging hormones.

At their annual meeting in Chicago on Monday, AMA delegates adopted a new policy on products such as HGH, DHEA and testosterone used as aging remedies.

With HGH, or human growth hormone, the AMA says evidence suggests long-term use can present more risks than benefits. The risks include tissue swelling and diabetes.

And the AMA says there’s no credible evidence that other hormones, so-called bio-identicals, are safer than traditional estrogen and progesterone products.

The traditional hormones are only recommended for menopause symptoms at the lowest possible dose because of long-term health risks.



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