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Vote aids kids in lung transplants

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Vote aids kids in lung transplants

Officials with the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network voted in an emergency meeting Monday to create a new avenue for children seeking lung transplants after two families filed lawsuits challenging the rules. The families of Sarah Murnaghan, 10, of Newtown Square, Pa., and Javier Acosta, 11, of New York, sued to change a rule that keeps children under 12 from qualifying for adult lungs unless eligible adolescent and adult patients in the same geographic region have turned them down. A federal judge then ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to put the two on the adult waiting list. The executive committee of the transplantation network voted to allow children under 12 to have their cases reviewed by a national board of lung transplant surgeons. The board might allow such children to get on the adolescent and adult waiting lists.

Turkey

Premier to meet with protest organizers

The prime minister of Turkey has agreed to meet with leaders of the protest movement whose opposition to the razing of an Istanbul park was a catalyst for antigovernment demonstrations that began more than a week ago, the government said Monday.

The meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the protest leaders is scheduled for Wednesday, according to a deputy prime minister and government spokesman, Bulent Arinc. It was the first sign that Erdogan, who has denounced the protest organizers and warned them to quit the protests, was willing to engage them in a dialogue.

Washington

High court rules on sentencing guidelines

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that tougher sentencing guidelines passed after someone commits a crime cannot be used to justify a longer sentence for the defendant.

The court ruled 5-4 that such a change would violate the Constitution's prohibition against enacting laws that retroactively make an action illegal or call for greater punishment.

Elsewhere

Iraq: A wave of car bombings rocked central and northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and extending the deadliest eruption of violence to hit the country in years.

Washington: The Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve business executive and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to head the Department of Commerce and Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, N.C., to head the Department of Transportation.

Britain: Six men from Birmingham in central England received lengthy jail sentences Monday for plotting to bomb a right-wing rally last June. Authorities said the plot by the men, who appeared motivated by Islamic extremism, failed only because they arrived too late and the rally by the English Defense League had already dispersed.

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