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In brief: Gunman kills four in pharmacy

MEDFORD, N.Y. – A gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy in a New York suburb Sunday morning, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong.

The massacre happened inside a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, a middle-class hamlet on Long Island about 60 miles east of New York City.

Investigators believe that a single gunman armed with a handgun was responsible for the shooting. They say he fled the pharmacy carrying a black backpack.

No suspects were in custody.

AMA says it’s lost 12,000 members

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association said Sunday that it lost 12,000 member physicians last year, which some blamed on the group’s support of the health-care reform law.

The disclosure during the AMA’s annual policy-making House of Delegates meeting came as members consider withdrawing support of the law’s provision requiring Americans to purchase health insurance.

The Chicago-based AMA said it has “just under” 216,000 member doctors, which is down about 5 percent from the end of 2009. Most of the 12,000 members who left the AMA last year had paid the full $420 annual dues, delegates said.

On Sunday, dozens of physicians debated for more than two hours whether the AMA should change its position in favor of the “individual mandate.” A vote could come as soon as Tuesday.

Californian wins Miss USA title

LAS VEGAS – A 21-year-old auburn-haired California woman has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

Alyssa Campanella, of Los Angeles, won after strutting across the stage in a blue bikini with white polka dots, as well as a dark turquoise evening gown with beading on its top.

She also answered a question about legalizing marijuana by saying she didn’t think it should be fully legalized but it should be available to those who need it for medical purposes.

Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham was the first runner-up.

Contestants from Alabama and Texas placed third and fourth.


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German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget

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