National news briefs: 7/20/14

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Mixed trend involving HIV

NEW YORK -- While the number of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. dropped 33 percent in the last decade, new cases among young homosexual and bisexual men doubled, according to researchers who said prevention programs need to be expanded.

Better screening and prevention have driven the decline among women and people ages 35 to 44 years, a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The increase was seen among bisexual and homosexual men ages 13 to 24 years, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings, being released Saturday to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, are the first to use data from all 50 U.S. states to examine long-term trends in diagnosis, the study's author, Amy Lansky, said. She is the CDC's deputy director for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Science in the Division of HIV.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, damages certain blood cells that are important for the immune system's ability to fight disease.

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are currently infected, according to the CDC. Of those, about 16 percent are unaware of their status.

Some Cadillacs curbed

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. has ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling some versions of the CTS model because the automaker does not have a fix yet for cars recalled in late June over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver's knee bumps the ignition key, the company said Saturday.

Details of incidents leading up to the June 30 recall, including three occasions where GM employees bumped the keys and shut off the engines in 2012 CTSs, were made public Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees safety recalls.

The so-called stop-sale order to Cadillac dealers on the 2003-2014 CTS and 2004-2006 SRX was issued July 2 and updated July 8, according to GM documents posted by NHTSA. The recall involved about 554,000 Cadillacs in the United States.

Ceiling falls on inmates

DIBOLL, Texas -- A ceiling at a Texas jail collapsed Saturday, injuring 19 inmates, with one of those hurt airlifted to a Houston hospital, officials said.

The suspended ceiling fell onto inmates in a common area of the Diboll Correctional Center, said Bobby Hobbs, a battalion commander with the Lufkin Fire Department.

Management & Training Corp of Centerville, Utah, runs the jail, and a spokesman said there were 86 prisoners in the housing unit. One of the injured was flown to Houston, about 100 miles to the south, he said in an email.

Girl dies in gunbattle

KANSAS CITY -- A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped Friday night died in a gunbattle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said Saturday.

Police said the sequence of events began about 7:30 p.m. Friday when Cadence Harris of Leavenworth was reported kidnapped. Police said there was some relationship between the child and her abductor but would not provide details.

Police in both Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in the northeast Kansas town of Leavenworth. At some point the suspect got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at officers and they exchanged fire, police said.


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