Edwards found 'refuge' in her health care work
NEW YORK: Elizabeth Edwards said yesterday that her passion for reforming the nation's health care system has been "a great refuge" for her during the recent turmoil over her husband's extramarital affair. Edwards, who has incurable breast cancer, also said medical tests this week showed that her condition hadn't worsened since March 2007, when she and her husband, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, announced her cancer had returned and spread to her bones. Edwards was interviewed at the New Yorker Festival by medical writer and surgeon Atul Gawande.
9 more bodies in Mexico are linked to drug wars
TIJUANA, Mexico: Police have found nine more bodies dumped around the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where nearly 50 people have been killed in a week of violence related to the drug trade. Municipal police found five of the bodies yesterday between two small shopping centers in the eastern part of the city. They had been beaten and had their hands bound. The bodies of two beheaded men were found wrapped in blankets on a road elsewhere in the city, according to the Baja California state attorney general's office. On Friday night, two men were found fatally shot in the same empty lot near the elementary school where 12 bodies were found Monday. State prosecutor Rommel Moreno has blamed the violence on warring drug leaders.
Mass. treasurer wants U.S. to give state loan
BOSTON: The treasurer of Massachusetts has asked the federal government about lending Massachusetts money under the same favorable terms it has given banks and firms during the financial crisis. Treasurer Timothy Cahill's requests to the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston last week were prompted by the state's inability to borrow from short-term debt markets, The Boston Globe reported yesterday. The crisis has caused credit markets to stop lending, or to charge prohibitive rates.
Polish troops end deployment in Iraq
DIWANIYAH, Iraq: Poland turned over control of an area south of Baghdad to American troops yesterday, making it the latest in a string of countries to leave the dwindling U.S.-led coalition. But even as Polish troops head home from Iraq, their government is boosting troop levels in Afghanistan and preparing for a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno said that "the timing is right" for Poland's withdrawal.