Resuming sports OK?
New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a defibrillator should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favor of golf or bowling. The Yale University findings, published Monday in the journal Circulation, suggest vigorous exercise may be safe for many athletes after all. A registry tracked 372 people who stuck with competitive sports after having a defibrillator surgically implanted to guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats — and found that the lifesaving device worked when needed despite the physical exertion.
Obama to visit Africa
President Barack Obama will make a weeklong trip to Africa this summer, the longest journey of his presidency so far to the continent of his father’s family, the White House announced Monday. Obama will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from June 26 to July 3, the White House said. Obama made a one-day stop in Ghana in 2009.
BP charge dropped
A federal judge has dismissed a charge that is the backbone of the case against a former BP executive accused of concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil spewing in 2010 from the company’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. Defense attorney Reid Weingarten called it a huge victory for David Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf. The charge of obstructing Congress thrown out Monday by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt “was perhaps as much as 90 percent of the government’s evidence,” Weingarten said. Rainey still faces one count of making false statements to law enforcement agents.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
State treasurer in court
Arkansas’ state treasurer was accused Monday of taking at least $36,000 in cash — sometimes stashed in a pie box — from a broker who later came to manage a large share of the state’s $3.3 billion investment portfolio. Democrat Martha Shoffner, who made her initial court appearance Monday, said she had no plans to resign despite members of her own party joining Republican calls for her to step down. She was released on her own recognizance but ordered to surrender her passport.
Compiled from wire reports.