Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Warning on heart device

Warning on heart device

Federal health officials say that defects in some Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are severe enough that they could cause serious injury or death. Medtronic announced Friday night that the Food and Drug Administration had classified a recall as Class I, a category reserved for products with reasonable potential to cause serious injury or death. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guide wires, which are inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries. A recall of the guide wires began Oct. 21 after Medtronic received reports of four complaints, including one patient who went into cardiac arrest but was resuscitated, company spokesman Joseph McGrath said Saturday. The company said it has taken steps to prevent new shipments of the wires.

Italy

Party split deals blow to Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi's center-right political movement, a powerful force in Italy, split Saturday, dealing another blow to the former prime minister as Italian lawmakers prepare for a final vote this month on whether to expel him from the Senate. The breakaway group was led by Berlusconi's longtime protege, Angelino Alfano, who announced that he and other former lieutenants would refuse to join the rebranded political party, Forza Italia (or Go Italy), that Berlusconi unveiled Saturday.

Greece

Unknown group claims 2 killings

Greek police are investigating a statement by an unknown group claiming responsibility for the killing of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party. The group, Fighting Popular Revolutionary Forces, said the Nov. 1 killings were retribution for the slaying of a left-wing activist rapper by a Golden Dawn member in September. The Zougla (Jungle) news website said it reported the statement Saturday after receiving an anonymous phone call saying it could be found on a USB stick in a plastic bag at an Athens location.

Belarus

Protester free after T-shirt arrest

An opposition protester arrested in Belarus for wearing a T-shirt criticizing authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was freed on Friday after spending five days in jail. Leonid Smovzh, a 53-year-old railroad engineer, said that for the first two days he was held in a cell with no heat or light, and he was given no food. On the front of the T-shirt he had written "For Belarus without Lukashenko." On the back was "For Belarus without dictatorship."

India

Chess champion falls behind

For more than three years, Magnus Carlsen, a 22-year-old Norwegian, has been the uncrowned king of chess. It appears likely he will officially wear the crown of world champion. The world champion has been Viswanathan Anand, who won the title in 2007. The match for the title began a week ago in Chennai, India, Anand's hometown. It is a best-of-12 series, with wins counting as 1 point and draws a half-point. On Saturday, Carlsen won his second straight game. He leads 4 points to 2, with 6.5 points needed to win the title. The seventh game is Monday.

Times wires

Warning on heart device

11/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 16, 2013 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Maria: Clearwater Coast Guard plane aids rescue near Puerto Rico

    Military

    Eight minutes. That's how long it took the Petty Officer 3rd Class Darryn Manley of the Coast Guard said it took him to spot the boat that capsized off a Puerto Rican island on Thursday.

  2. Mom of girl who died looking for candy seeks to keep husband away

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Eight days after her 4-year-old daughter died in the care of paternal grandparents, pregnant Lizette Hernandez sat in a Hillsborough County courthouse Friday, attempting to seek full-time custody of her 19-month-old son.

    Lizette Hernandez, 22, completes paperwork Friday for a motion for protection from domestic violence against her husband, Shane Zoller. Their daughter, Yanelly, 4, died in a reported gun accident at the home of Zoller's parents Sept. 14. She alleges that her husband hit her and caused her to fall on a grave marker at their daughter's funeral Thursday in a tussle over their remaining 1-year-old son. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  3. New owners take over downtown St. Petersburg's Hofbräuhaus

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — The downtown German beer-hall Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg has been bought by a partnership led by former Checkers Drive-In Restaurants president Keith Sirois.

    The Hofbrauhaus, St. Petersburg, located in the former historic Tramor Cafeteria, St. Petersburg, is under new ownership.
[SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]

  4. Ed Sheeran coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

    Blogs

    Let it never be said Ed Sheeran hasn't given the people of Tampa what they want.

  5. Editorial: Once more, homeowners are let down by state housing agency

    Editorials

    Once upon a time, the federal government created a program called the Hardest Hit Fund. Its goal was admirable, and its mission important. The fund was designed to aid Americans in danger of losing their houses after the Great Recession had wreaked havoc on the economy. Unfortunately, the folks in Washington erred in …

    The Hardest Hit Fund was designed to aid Americans in danger of losing their houses after the Great Recession. Unfortunately, the folks in Washington trusted Florida to get that money into the hands of people who needed it most.