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National news briefs — Jan. 16

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ELKHART, Ind.

Man escapes bloodshed

The manager of a grocery store where a shopper and employee had just been fatally shot was on his knees in front of the gunman and appeared to be praying when police entered, catching the shooter’s eye and giving the manager enough time to run. That split-second diversion likely saved the manager’s life and enabled police to chase down Shawn Walter Bair, 22, and kill him Wednesday night before anyone else in the Martin’s Super Market was harmed. Officers found the bodies of 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, who had just recently started working at Martin’s, and 44-year-old customer Rachelle Godfread about 12 aisles apart. Godfread was shot multiple times, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said Thursday. Police were still seeking a motive.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Google glucose monitor

Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers, is one of several medical devices being designed by companies to make glucose monitoring for diabetic patients more convenient and less invasive than the traditional finger pricks. The lenses use a minuscule glucose sensor and a wireless transmitter to help those among the world’s 382 million diabetics who need insulin keep a close watch on their blood sugar and adjust their dose.

Las Vegas

‘Oz’ Munchkin dies

Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, has died. She was 95. With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins is alive. Duccini died at Solari Hospice Care Center on Thursday. Duccini, born in Rush City, Minn., traveled to California with a troupe of little people, and was cast in the MGM movie. Duccini was 4 feet tall. She also appeared in the spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase. The only surviving original Munchkin is Jerry Maren, 93, of Los Angeles.

Compiled from wire reports.


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