Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Medical copter crash kills 2, leaves 1 injured

oklahoma city

Medical copter crash kills 2, leaves 1 injured

A medical helicopter crash-landed outside an Oklahoma City nursing home early Friday, killing two people onboard and critically injuring a third. Officials at Integris-Baptist Medical Center, where the helicopter was based, identified those killed as pilot Mark Montgomery and flight nurse Chris Denning. Paramedic Billy Wynn was in critical condition Friday evening at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Integris president Bruce Lawrence said in an email to employees.

California

Obama brief backs same-sex marriage

The Obama administration on Friday called for the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the federal government's 1996 ban on same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional, saying that "gay and lesbian people have been subject to a significant history of discrimination in this country." U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's legal brief urges the court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The administration's position was not unexpected, but the legal brief marked the first time a president has endorsed same-sex marriage rights in the Supreme Court.

Washington

U.S. joins lawsuit against Armstrong

The Justice Department joined a lawsuit Friday against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service. The lawsuit alleges that riders on the Postal Service-sponsored team, including Armstrong, knowingly violated their Postal Service agreements by regularly using banned substances and methods to enhance their performance.

Moscow

Russia sends aid to war-torn Mali

Russia dispatched a planeload of humanitarian aid to war-stricken Mali on Friday, a day after Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov warned about the spread of terrorism in North Africa, which the Russian government has linked to Western intervention in Libya. The plane dispatched to the Malian capital, Bamako, was carrying about 36 tons of aid cargo, including 45 tents, 2,000 blankets, canned food, cereals and rice.

Elsewhere

Greece: Torrential rain of an intensity not seen in decades flooded roads in Athens on Friday, overturning parked cars and stranding dozens of motorists, including a 28-year-old woman who died of an apparent heart attack.

Washington: Energy Secretary Steven Chu will return to Stanford University after he steps down this year. Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, will work jointly for the physics department and the medical school's Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

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