Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Outbreak of meningitis in Tenn. investigated

NASHVILLE

Outbreak of meningitis investigated

Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. All but one of those who contracted the infection had received steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic, authorities said. The other case was reported in North Carolina in a patient who had received the same type of injection, authorities said. The outbreak has led to a nationwide recall of the drug that all the patients received. The meningitis does not spread from person to person.

Syria

Hezbollah fighters reported killed

A Hezbollah commander and several fighters have been killed inside Syria, a Lebanese security official said Tuesday. The development could stoke already soaring tensions over the Lebanese militant group's role in the civil war next door. It was not clear how the militants were killed or whether they had been fighting alongside the Syrian army. • Syrian state television issued a withering attack on longtime ally Khaled Meshal, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. It was the government's first broadside against Hamas since the organization distanced itself from President Bashar Assad this year.

France

Strauss-Kahn rape charges dismissed

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund director whose promising political career in France was immolated by sex scandals, was cleared Tuesday of charges he participated in the gang rape of a prostitute in a Washington hotel. The decision was announced by a French prosecutor in the northern city of Lille. He still faces charges of participating in the procurement of prostitutes in Washington and France.

Elsewhere

Nigeria: Assailants killed at least 25 people at a college in northeastern Nigeria early Tuesday, police in Mubi said. Suspicion appeared to be focusing on a campus election Saturday that was bitterly contested along religious and ethnic lines.

Hong Kong: Police on Tuesday arrested seven crew members from two boats that collided in Hong Kong waters, killing 38 holiday revelers, but offered no explanation about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night.

Chicago: The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million after the sale was held up for nearly three years, state leaders announced Tuesday. Federal officials have said it would help alleviate prison overcrowding.

Roseville, Mich.: Police investigating a claim that former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried in a suburban Detroit back yard said Tuesday that testing on soil shows no traces of human decomposition.

Times wires

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