A judge denied a request Wednesday to extend a court order that resumed tube feedings to a brain-damaged woman whose parents want to let her die. The judge denied the request from the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, whose attorneys are trying to have the feedings permanently restored to Sue Ann Lawrance, 42, who has been in a vegetative state since 1987. The center will ask the Indiana Court of Appeals, perhaps as early as today, to continue the feeding order while the case is appealed.Maker of Prozac promises
to pay doctors' legal bills
INDIANAPOLIS _ The maker of the controversial antidepressant Prozac is promising to pay any legal bills doctors incur from prescribing the drug, a company spokesman said Wednesday. The action by Eli Lilly & Co. is another step in the growing public relations battle over the drug, which has been blamed for causing violent behavior in some users. Lilly has sent letters to several hundred physicians in the past month notifying them it will pay the legal defense for all physicians who prescribe Prozac according to package labeling, said company spokesman Edward West. The letters are sent to doctors who request them. The company, he said, wants "physicians to understand that we will stand squarely behind them and their use of our product."
Medgar Evers' body exhumed as investigation is reopened
ALBANY, N.Y. _ Civil rights leader Medgar Evers' body was exhumed and secretly re-examined here as prosecutors prepare to try a white supremacist for the third time in his 1963 slaying, officials confirmed Wednesday. Evers' body was exhumed Monday from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, said Maj. Arlene Beatty, a U.S. Army spokeswoman. She said Mississippi prosecutors, who have reopened the investigation into Evers' killing in that state, requested the exhumation. The body was brought to Albany Medical Center, where Dr. Michael Baden, chief of forensic services for the state police, performed an autopsy. Prosecutors requested the services of Baden, a pathologist for congressional committees that investigated the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Evers' body was reburied in Arlington Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known what evidence prosecutors may have sought from the autopsy.
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Two killed in office shooting: A laid-off computer technician shot his way into his old workplace in San Diego late Tuesday, set off bombs and hunted for his old bosses, killing two men, authorities said. The man, identified as Larry Thomas Hansel, 41, fled on a bicycle and later drove his pickup 135 miles northeast to Palm Desert, where he surrendered to Riverside County Sheriff's deputies.
New Presbyterian leader: The Rev. Herbert D. Valentine of Baltimore was elected Wednesday to lead the 2.9-million members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Southern Baptists stress chastity: The biggest U.S. Protestant denomination renewed a call for chastity Wednesday, declaring any sex outside marriage violates the "biblical standard of sexuality." Delegates to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta challenged other denominations considering liberal teachings on sex to keep to the biblical standard.
Bees attack: A Brownsville, Texas, man became the first person attacked by Africanized "killer" bees in the United States, federal officials say. The man was stung 18 times around the head and neck. He was treated in the hospital and released.