2012 rife with whooping cough
The United States just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multiyear cycles, and experts say there were at least 41,880 cases in 2012. The final tally is expected to be higher but is unlikely to surpass the nearly 63,000 illnesses in 1955, said Dr. Tom Clark of the CDC. Despite the high number of illnesses, deaths didn't increase. Eighteen people died, including 15 infants younger than 1.
Bogus 911 calls lead to arrest
A 51-year-old landlord who lived on one of Brooklyn's trendiest corners was so annoyed by street noise that he placed hundreds of 911 calls of bogus tales, including a subway explosion, to bring police to the scene, authorities said Friday. Louis Segna was arrested after police discovered that 403 phony emergency calls were made from his cellphone during the past two years, police said. Segna was charged with false reporting and reckless endangerment.
Escaped robber finally captured
The second of two bank robbers who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in downtown Chicago on Dec. 18 was captured Friday, authorities said. Kenneth Conley, 38, was arrested in Palos Hills in suburban Chicago, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor. Conley fled with Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37. They squeezed through a narrow cell window and scaled down about 20 stories using bed sheets. Banks was arrested two days later in Chicago.
By the numbers
170B Tweets amassed by the Library of Congress since it began collecting an archive of all Twitter messages in 2010. Twitter is donating its archive to the library, going back to the first one posted in 2006.