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Attorney General Eric Holder revises estimate of detainee trials


Holder revises estimate of detainee trials

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that about a quarter of the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be tried in U.S. courts — a number lower than the Pentagon previously had estimated. Under the Bush administration, the Defense Department projected it could try as many as 80 Guantanamo detainees before military commissions. A fourth of the current population of 229 would be about 57 people. The estimate came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Holder cautioned that the administration did not know how many, if any, detainees would have to be held without trial.


Doctors will work with Obama

The American Medical Association, the nation's largest group of doctors, began its annual meeting as a potential obstacle to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. After a pep talk from Obama himself, the doctors Wednesday signaled they won't close the door on one of his key proposals, a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers. Delegates declared support for "health reform alternatives that are consistent with AMA principles," which include freedom to choose health insurance and universal access for patients.

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Premature babies face swine flu risk

Thirty-three infants born prematurely at a North Carolina hospital are receiving precautionary swine flu treatment after possibly being exposed to the virus by a respiratory therapist. Moses Cone Health System officials said Wednesday that no infant has symptoms of the disease. The infants are being quarantined from other babies. Swine flu test results for the therapist are expected today or Friday.

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