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National news briefs — compiled Jan. 3

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OAKLAND, CALIF.

Judge allows patient’s move

A judge said Friday that the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove her daughter from a California hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said Jahi McMath can be transferred under a deal with Children’s Hospital Oakland that will hold Nailah Winkfield accountable for developments that could include Jahi going into cardiac arrest. The hospital has argued since before Christmas that Jahi’s brain death means she is legally dead and she should be disconnected from the ventilator that has kept her heart pumping for 3½ weeks. Winkfield, refusing to believe her daughter is dead as long as her heart is beating, has gone to court to stop the machine from being disconnected.

BOISE, IDAHO

State seizing private prison

Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that has been plagued by understaffing, multiple lawsuits and allegations of contract fraud. The state is expected to begin running the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center over the next several months, as its $29 million-a-year contract with the Corrections Corporation of America expires June 30. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Friday he is advising the state Board of Correction to shift focus from finding a new contractor to assuming control of the facility.

DALLAS

Cancer charity donations fall

Susan G. Komen for the Cure saw a 22 percent drop in contributions in the year following the controversy over its decision, quickly reversed, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the breast-cancer charity said contributions — including donations and corporate sponsorships — dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013.

Compiled from wire reports.


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