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Nurse stole patient's painkiller before procedure, complaint says

MINNEAPOLIS

Nurse accused of stealing a patient's drugs

Hospital officials said Thursday that they regret the suffering of a patient last fall, when a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis allegedly stole his pain medicine before a routine kidney procedure. But they refused to say why the procedure wasn't halted if the patient was in pain. The nurse, Sarah May Casareto, 33, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with stealing the painkiller, fentanyl, instead of giving it to the patient. Larry V. King, 56, a Carver County sheriff's deputy, confirmed Thursday that he's the patient identified as "L.V.K." in the criminal complaint. According to the complaint, Casareto gave him only about a third of the prescribed dose of the painkiller before the Nov. 8 procedure, when a tube was inserted through his back into a kidney. She allegedly told him to "man up here and take some of the pain," the complaint said.

LONDON

Ex-staffer's book upsets WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks said it was taking "legal action" over a tell-all book by a former staff member that is critical of its founder, Julian Assange. The former staff member, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, is a German computer scientist who was a prominent spokesman for WikiLeaks before falling out with Assange last summer. In Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website, he writes of tensions between Wiki­Leaks' core members and Assange. They disagreed, he writes, over Assange's leadership style, his paranoia and the way he managed finances. The book, published by Random House, is to be released today in Germany and Tuesday in the United States.

WASHINGTON

Bank is accused of money laundering

The United States accused one of Lebanon's largest banks Thursday of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars a month for a multinational drug trafficking organization with ties to Hezbollah. The complaint against the Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank was filed under a rarely used provision of the Patriot Act that allows the Treasury Department to publicly identify financial institutions considered "primary money laundering concerns" and then move to restrict their business dealings in the United States. The bank denied knowledge of any wrongdoing and pledged to "fully cooperate" with authorities.

CARACAS, Venezuela

Debate turns to scuffle in assembly

Scuffles and a fistfight erupted between allies and adversaries of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela's National Assembly on Thursday, forcing security guards to separate two battling lawmakers. It was the second scuffle among lawmakers since early January. Tensions boiled over on Thursday when several opposition lawmakers, including Alfonso Marquina, approached the podium and complained that boisterous Chavez supporters inside the chamber should be silenced. Incensed lawmakers in front of the podium began pushing and shoving, then Marquina and pro-Chavez lawmaker Henry Villanueva went to blows.

Elsewhere

New Delhi: India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to resume formal peace talks that were broken off after the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Times wires

Nurse stole patient's painkiller before procedure, complaint says 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:50pm]

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