Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Pa. girl okay after 2nd lung transplant

Philadelphia

Pa. girl okay after 2nd lung transplant

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant amid a national debate over the organ allocation process received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and has now taken some breaths on her own, the girl's parents said Friday. The first set of lungs failed within hours of the June 12 transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Sarah Murnaghan was placed on machines, according to her mother. She was placed back on the lung transplant list the night after her surgery and received a second set of lungs on June 15. "We were told … that she was going to die," Janet Murnaghan said Friday as she explained why Sarah's second transplant was not publicly disclosed. "We weren't prepared to live out her dying in public."

Indianapolis

Australian admits using boy in porn

An Australian man accused of making child pornography with a boy he purchased in a foreign country and allowing other men to sexually abuse the child was sentenced Friday in U.S. federal court in Indiana, where the videos were found downloaded on a home computer. The 42-year-old man, who investigators say used falsified documents to adopt the boy after bringing him to the United States, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges involving child exploitation. The judge overseeing the case said she accepted the plea agreement only because the videos were too horrific to show a jury. The man's name is not being released by the Associated Press to protect the identity of the boy, who prosecutors say had been rescued and was being cared for in California.

Lebanon

Syrian rebels claim to control key city

Rebel fighters in southern Syria claimed Friday to be in control of most of the city of Daraa, the cradle of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad, after having battled his forces there for two weeks. The assertions, if confirmed, would represent a rare military victory for the insurgency, which has been struggling since it lost the stronghold city of Qusair near the Lebanon border on June 5.

Dallas

Woman indicted in Obama ricin case

A Texas woman was indicted Friday on charges that she sent threatening, ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame her estranged husband. The federal indictment charges Shannon Richardson, 35, of New Boston with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president. Richardson, an actor, was arrested June 7.

Elsewhere

South Fork, Colo.: People were allowed back to the southwestern Colorado town of South Fork on Friday, a week after residents and visitors were forced to evacuate because of a massive wildfire.

Dominican Republic: Religious groups in the Dominican Republic said Friday they are outraged by the nomination of an openly gay U.S. ambassador, James "Wally" Brewster, to the conservative country.

Santa Ana, Calif.: Catherine Kieu, 50, of Garden Grove, who cut off her husband's penis and threw it in a garbage disposal in 2011, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with possibility of parole in seven years.

Times wires

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Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

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A solemn display

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Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

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None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

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