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Official orders inmates out of two prisons in Calif.

Sacramento, Calif.

Official orders inmates out of two prisons

The federal official who controls medical care in California prisons on Monday ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to dozens of deaths due to Valley fever, which is caused by an airborne fungus. Medical receiver J. Clark Kelso ordered the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to exclude black, Filipino and other medically risky inmates from Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons because those groups are more susceptible to the fungal infection, which originates in the region's soil. Aside from the racial minorities, high-risk inmates include those who are sick, infected with HIV, are undergoing chemotherapy or otherwise have a depressed immune system. The order will affect about 40 percent of the 8,200 inmates at the two prisons, said Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the receiver's office.


Police interrogate owner in collapse

A Bangladesh court on Monday gave police 15 days to interrogate the owner of a building that collapsed last week in Savar, killing at least 382 people. Mohammed Sohel Rana, who was arrested Sunday as he tried to flee to India, will be held for questioning on charges of negligence, illegal construction and forcing employees to perform work.

New York

Plane wreckage is part of wing flap

Plane wreckage found last week behind a building in lower Manhattan and apparently deposited there after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is part of a wing flap — not part of the landing gear — from a Boeing 767 jet like the models that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Police Department's chief spokesman said Monday. Boeing officials told police that the rusted metal part came from one of its 767 airliners, but it isn't possible to determine which flight.

Medical personnel arrive at Gitmo

Medical reinforcements have arrived at Guantanamo Bay to help deal with a hunger strike among prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba. Lt. Col. Samuel House said Monday that about 40 nurses and other specialists from the Navy arrived over the weekend. He said their arrival was planned several weeks ago as the number of prisoners joining the strike kept growing. The total now is 100 of the 166 inmates.


Washington: President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he would nominate Anthony Foxx, the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to be the next transportation secretary, saying his local government experience would help him manage the nation's roads, bridges and airports.

Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed nine people and wounded 29 on a busy road in Peshawar on Monday, officials said, in the latest episode of violence as Pakistan moves toward elections scheduled for May 11.

Ireland: A terminally ill woman in the final stages of multiple sclerosis does not have the right to an assisted death, the Irish Supreme Court ruled on Monday. Suicide was decriminalized in Ireland in 1993, but the court said that did not confer a right to die.

Washington: The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that it is withholding bonuses for senior officials who oversee disability claims, citing a failure to meet performance goals for reducing a sizable backlog in claims processing.

Times wires