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Judge allows medicine for Loughner


Judge allows medicine for loughner

A federal judge ruled Friday that prison doctors may continue to forcibly medicate the man accused in the deadly Arizona shooting rampage, saying he refused to second-guess medical experts who concluded that the suspect's condition deteriorated when forced medication was stopped. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said Jared Loughner kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped the forced medication on July 1. The prison's decision to resume medication on July 18 "seems entirely appropriate and reasonable to me," Burns said. Loughner's attorneys had argued that a court should review whether the forcible medications could resume at a prison in Springfield, Mo. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson. Loughner has been at the prison since late May after mental health experts determined he suffers from schizophrenia.


Gunmen seize son of assassinated leader

Gunmen abducted the son of a slain former governor from the eastern city of Lahore on Friday, relatives and police officials said. Relatives confirmed the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, 27, the son of Salman Taseer, a former governor of Punjab province who was assassinated in January by one of his security guards. The assassin later said he had killed Salman Taseer because of the governor's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy laws. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.


U.N. official beaten by police officers

South Sudanese police officers beat up the head of the U.N. human rights division in South Sudan, leaving him in the hospital and drawing a sharp rebuke from the United Nations. According to a U.N. statement released Friday, Benedict Sannoh was assaulted on Aug. 20 by more than 10 police officers after he refused to let police officers search his luggage at a hotel in Juba, the capital of the new nation.


HOUSTON: The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's "pole tax" — a $5-per-customer fee that strip clubs that serve alcohol must pay the state — did not violate free-speech rights, overturning a decision by a lower court.

HAVANA: Flights between Cuba and Puerto Rico resumed on Friday, nearly 50 years after service between the islands was severed due to bad blood between Washington and Havana.

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