'Octomom' doctor loses his license
LOS ANGELES - California medical officials revoked the license of the fertility doctor who helped "Octomom" Nadya Suleman become the mother of 14 children through repeated in vitro treatments, according to a decision made public Wednesday.
The medical board said it was necessary to revoke Dr. Michael Kamrava's license to protect the public. The revocation takes effect July 1.
The Beverly Hills fertility doctor acknowledged implanting 12 embryos into Suleman before the pregnancy that produced her octuplets. It was six times the norm.
"While the evidence did not establish [Kamrava] as a maverick or deviant physician, oblivious to standards of care in IVF practice, it certainly demonstrated that he did not exercise sound judgment in the transfer of 12 embryos," the board said. The octuplets were born in 2009. - AP
Joplin confirms death toll of 134
JOPLIN, Mo. - Missouri officials said Wednesday that everyone who had been reported missing since last week's Joplin tornado had been accounted for, and at least 134 people were confirmed killed.
The announcement came from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The agency has led the effort to track down the nearly 270 people listed as unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.
The Highway Patrol said the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the unaccounted-for list, seven people who had been taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm, and three people who have since died in the hospital from their injuries.
More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed in the tornado. - AP
Fatal crash leads to suspension
Federal regulators suspended the discount tour-bus company involved in a fatal crash in Virginia on Wednesday, and officials said they had been trying to shut it down for several months.
A review of Sky Express in April found numerous shortcomings, including the training of drivers and maintenance of vehicles, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
On Tuesday, a Sky Express bus traveling overnight from Greensboro, N.C., to Chinatown in New York crashed on I-95 in Virginia, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others.
Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Queens, was charged with reckless driving. Officials said fatigue played a role in the crash, which Sky Express had been cited for 46 times in the last two years.
- N.Y. Times News Service
At least two tornadoes swept through western and central Massachusetts on Wednesday, sending debris slamming into buildings and killing four people, Gov. Deval Patrick said. The storms did extensive damage in Springfield, the state's third-largest city, where state police reported 33 injuries. Patrick declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guardsmen.