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January 31, 2019

MEASLES OUTBREAK IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles in a Pacific Northwest outbreak.

Public health officials said yesterday that 38 cases are in southwest Washington state, one is outside Portland, Oregon, and one is in Seattle.

Two of the confirmed patients from southwest Washington traveled to Hawaii and were quarantined there and a third person was contagious while on a trip to Bend, Oregon.

Authorities believe no one was exposed to the measles in Hawaii.

Clark County Public Health says there are now 13 additional suspected cases.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients are under age 10.

All but a handful were not immunized against the disease.

TODDLER - RHINO

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A toddler who fell into a rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo earlier this month suffered bruises to her chest, stomach, back and behind her right ear after being bumped by two rhinos.

A report on the incident released yesterday shows the 21-month-old girl also had a bruised lung and lacerated liver.

The report by state wildlife investigators says the 28-pound girl fell through bars at a rhinoceros enclosure during a private tour with two employees at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, on New Year’s Day.

The report says two rhinoceros pressed the girl into the enclosure’s metal poles with their snouts before she was removed by family members and zoo staff.

The girl’s mother suffered a severe bruise to her arm while trying to free the toddler.

INCAPACITATED WOMAN RAPED

PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse suspected of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

The document filed this week mirrors charges that prosecutors filed last week against 36-year-old Nathan Dorceus Sutherland.

Sutherland is expected to enter a plea to the charges at an arraignment hearing next Tuesday.

His attorney, David Gregan, didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

Authorities say the 29-year-old victim was raped by Sutherland at Hacienda HealthCare. He was fired after his arrest.

Gregan has previously said there’s no direct evidence linking Sutherland to the rape, but investigators say Sutherland’s DNA matched a sample from the newborn.

Workers at Hacienda say they didn’t know the woman was pregnant.

CHOCOLATE FINES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ghirardelli and Russell Stover have agreed to pay $750,000 in fines after prosecutors in California said they offered a little chocolate in a lot of wrapping.

Prosecutors in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Fresno, Santa Cruz and Yolo counties sued the candy makers, alleging they misled consumers by selling chocolate products in containers that were oversized or “predominantly empty.”

Prosecutors also alleged that Ghirardelli offered one chocolate product containing less cocoa than advertised.

The firms didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing but agreed to change their packaging under a settlement approved earlier this month. Some packages will shrink or will have a transparent window so consumers can look inside.

San Francisco-based Ghirardelli and Kansas City-based Russell Stover are owned by a Swiss company, Lindt & Sprungli.

NASSAR INVESTIGATION REPORT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Education report says Michigan State University’s failure to detect and stop sexual assaults by now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar indicates a lack of institutional control.

The report also accuses the East Lansing school of being out of compliance in areas under the Clery Act, which requires universities participating in student aid programs under Title IV to provide the campus community with information about public safety issues.

Hundreds of girls and women said Nassar sexually molested them while working for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics. Eleven who told university or campus security officials about the assaults are listed in the report.

NTSB TO PROBE DEADLY FLORIDA CRASH, NOW THAT FED. SHUTDOWN IS OVER

MIAMI (AP) — The federal agency responsible for investigating major crashes and accidents is sending an eight-member team to Florida to investigate a fiery crash that killed two semitrailer drivers and five children riding in a church van.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced the investigation yesterday on Twitter. The post says the recent government shutdown prevented them from investigating sooner.

Florida Highway Patrol says the crash occurred Jan. 3 on I-75 near Gainesville. A tractor-trailer and a car heading north smashed into each other and then burst through a metal guardrail, slamming into another semitrailer and the southbound van. A fifth car, unable to avoid the chaos, hit people who were thrown from the van.

The van had been coming from a Pentecostal church in Marksville, Louisiana, for a visit to Walt Disney World.

Officials say eight others were injured.

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