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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is being cared for at a facility that shares her family's belief that she still is alive, her uncle said Monday.

Jahi McMath's family and their lawyer would not disclose where the 8th-grader was taken Sunday night after a weekslong battle to prevent Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing machine that has kept her heart beating for 28 days.

While the move ends what had been a very public and tense fight with the hospital, it also brings new challenges: caring for a patient whom three doctors have said is legally dead because, unlike someone in a coma, there is no blood flow or electrical activity in either her cerebrum or the brain stem that controls breathing.

Colorado pot prices double

SAN FRANCISCO -- The retail price of marijuana in Colorado has doubled since Jan. 1, when the state became the first to legalize sales to anyone 21 and older. Pot for recreational use sells for an average of $400 an ounce, compared with $200 an ounce that Colorado retailers collect for medical marijuana, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

"That's just supply and demand," Mr. Smith said. "As more businesses open and the businesses get a sense of what the demand is and are able to meet it, the prices will go back down."

Colorado voters approved a ballot measure in November 2012 to decriminalize the drug in defiance of federal law, which still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance.

Texas seeks abortion limit

NEW ORLEANS -- Texas officials Monday asked an appellate court to revive a state requirement that abortion doctors affiliate with local hospitals by overturning a federal judge's finding that the measure isn't medically necessary and places an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end pregnancies.

The state was allowed to enforce the requirement while it appeals the lower-court ruling, spurring some clinics to stop abortions and sending doctors scurrying to acquire credentials from nearby hospitals.

'Jihad Jane' gets 10 years

PHILADELPHIA -- A troubled Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" online and plotted to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she had been consumed by thoughts of a Muslim holy war.

Colleen LaRose, 50, faced a potential life term. But Chief U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker gave her credit for her guilty plea and her help in the indictment of two others.

Congressman retiring

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach, one of a shrinking number of Republican moderates in the U.S. House, said Monday he will retire from Congress at the end of this term.

The six-term congressman's decision opens up a district anchored in Philadelphia's western suburbs and rural areas on either side of Reading, as well as a coveted seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

-- Compiled from news services


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