April 22, 2018
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Jobs death caused by respiratory arrest, cancer

By from wire service report, Special to the BDN

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs.

Jobs died last Wednesday at his home in Palo Alto at age 56. Apple did not disclose his cause of death, but Jobs had been in poor health for a number of years.

He resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

The death certificate, released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, said Jobs had a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor for the past five years. It listed his immediate cause of death as respiratory arrest.

Wis. woman accused of abduction, cutting out fetus

MILWAUKEE — A woman who faked a pregnancy and panicked as her supposed due date grew near attacked a pregnant mother with a baseball bat and cut her full-term fetus from her womb with an Exacto knife, killing the mother and baby, according to court documents filed Monday.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 33, faces one count each of first-degree intentional homicide while armed and first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child while armed in the death of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and the boy she was set to deliver next week. Morales-Rodriguez faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.

Morales-Rodriguez made a brief court appearance Monday, standing silent as her bail was set at $1 million.

According to the criminal complaint, Morales-Rodriguez told detectives that her boyfriend wanted a son but she couldn’t get pregnant. She told him she was pregnant anyway, but started to grow desperate as what would be her due date approached. She told investigators she planned for two weeks to find a pregnant woman, take the baby and make it hers.

Similar cases of women taking an unborn child from a mother’s womb were reported in Massachusetts and Oregon in 2009, in Pennsylvania in 2007, in Illinois in 2006 and Missouri in 2004.

Marijuana-shaped candy alarms parents, officials

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Candy shaped like marijuana leaves that’s showing up on store shelves doesn’t get kids high, but parents and anti-drug activists say the sweets represent a new low.

The “Pothead Ring Pots,” “Pothead Lollipops” and bagged candy are being distributed to about 1,000 retailers around the country, including some in Buffalo, N.Y., where an irate parent asked city officials to fight back against the candy.

Drug-control advocates say the product could encourage young people to use real drugs.

The packaging includes a pot-smoking, peace-sign waving caricature and the word “Legalize.” The distributor, Philadelphia-based Kalan LP, says the product sells well and this was the company’s first complaint.

In Buffalo, Councilman Darius Pridgen says he’d refuse to grant licenses to stores in his district that planned to sell the candy.

Egypt remains on edge as Coptic Christians killed in weekend protests are buried

CAIRO — Mourners wept over the coffins of Coptic Christians on Monday as Egyptian officials and religious leaders sought to ease sectarian tensions amid rising anger toward the nation’s ruling military council.

Funerals for four of the more than 20 Coptic protesters killed Sunday by army police and thugs in plainclothes kept the country on edge. The Coptic Church denounced the military for allowing the attacks. And Christians hurled rocks at police outside a Cairo hospital where the bodies of other protesters awaited burial.

The violence broke out Sunday when thousands of Copts protesting the recent burning of a church in southern Egypt were attacked by thugs as armored personnel carriers rammed into crowds and crushed demonstrators. Police said the protesters started the trouble by pelting security forces with stones and gasoline bombs.

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