National Briefs: Missing boy's body found

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- The body found Friday of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said Saturday.

No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death.

He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December. Authorities had said they feared the Fitchburg, Mass., boy was dead.

Jeremiah's mother, Elsa Oliver, 28, pleaded not guilty in March to charges including kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and reckless endangerment. Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, 23, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The family was being monitored by state social workers since 2011. And after Jeremiah's disappearance, their case led to intense scrutiny of the state Department of Children and Families.

Fox executive fired

NEW YORK -- A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.

Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights.

Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Ms. Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy. Citing privacy concerns, he declined to discuss particulars, but he said, "As soon as we became aware, we took appropriate steps."

$14M awarded in suit

CHICAGO -- A jury has awarded $14 million to a suburban Chicago woman, Mariola Zapalski of Elmwood Park, who sued her doctor over a debilitating stroke she suffered after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.

Drugmaker Bayer has also faced lawsuits from women claiming the contraceptive caused blood clots that led to serious health consequences.

Care site Heartbleed woes

WASHINGTON -- People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law,, are being told to change their passwords following an administrationwide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Senior administration officials said the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution.

The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.

Space robot finds its legs

The gangly, contortionist-bending legs for Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, are packed aboard a SpaceX supply ship that launched Friday for the International Space Station, more than a month late. It was the private company's fourth shipment to the space station for NASA and is due to arrive this morning.

It's the next big step in NASA's quest to develop robotic helpers for astronauts. With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the 260-mile-high outpost, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.


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