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VA chief says Albuquerque, N.M., staff acted properly in treating vet

Albuquerque, N.M.

VA chief: Staff acted properly in treating vet

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that staffers at Albuquerque's VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center's cafeteria. Hospital staff faced scrutiny after the death of 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia, who received CPR on the floor while an ambulance was called to take him to an emergency room 500 yards away. Gibson, speaking to reporters after meeting with staff at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, said an initial review found staffers followed procedure in providing help to the Vietnam veteran. "I thanked every single one of them individually," Gibson said.

Trenton, N.J.

Christie aide kept quiet about jams

An aide to Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday she did not alert any of her bosses when she learned about the closure of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in part because she thought someone else was trying to get to the bottom of it. Regina Egea testified before a New Jersey legislative panel that is investigating the closures, which appear to have been carried out for political retribution and have become a major distraction for Christie, a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender.

Tehran, Iran

Iran leader favors extension of talks

Iran's president on Thursday backed an extension of his country's nuclear negotiations with world powers under way in Vienna, saying it would be in the "interest of all" if the talks went on past their planned Sunday deadline. The talks aim at a deal that curbs Iran's atomic program in exchange for an end to the nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Negotiators have been holed up for weeks working on a plan to prevent Iran from building an atomic weapon but still letting it develop a peaceful nuclear energy program.

Harrisburg, Pa.

Sandusky son says abuse was worse

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew says his sexual abuse by the former Penn State coach consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago. Matthew Sandusky said Thursday on Oprah Prime the abuse occurred when Jerry Sandusky would tuck him in during overnight stays at the Sandusky home in State College. His claims of abuse arose during the 2012 trial that resulted in a 45-count conviction, but Sandusky hasn't been charged with a crime in relation to his adopted son. Matthew Sandusky previously told investigators Sandusky had rubbed against his genitals but that he did not recall further acts. Jerry Sandusky maintains his innocence. Matt Sandusky settled a civil claim with Penn State.

Denver

Dec. trial date set in movie shootings

The judge in the Colorado movie theater shootings has tentatively set a new trial date of Dec. 8. James Holmes, 26, had been scheduled go on trial in October, but District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ordered a delay because a doctor requested more time to complete Holmes' second sanity evaluation. The judge ordered the second evaluation after concluding the first was flawed. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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