CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire public health officials believe one person died of a rare, degenerative brain disease, and there's a remote chance up to 13 others in multiple states were exposed to it through surgical equipment.
Dr. Joseph Pepe, president of Catholic Medical Center, says officials are 95 percent certain that a patient who had brain surgery in May and died in August had sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Officials have notified eight people who had brain surgery during that time period, because the faulty proteins that cause the disease can survive standard sterilization. The disease has only been transmitted that way four times, never in the United States.
Some of the surgical instruments had been rented, and officials say up to five patients in other states could have been exposed.
The equipment has been quarantined.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Democratic Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has to focus on a surge in crime in his city with six weeks left in his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.
The state's largest city recorded its ninth homicide in as many days Tuesday.
At a campaign event Wednesday, Booker announced the city is working on a program to put more police on the streets. He calls the run of violence "unacceptable" and has outlined plans to extend the summer deployment of increased patrols and deploy additional police to target gun violence.
Booker is a rising star in the Democratic Party. His U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan, has frequently accused him of having spent too much time building a national profile and not enough on Newark's problems.
The special Senate election is Oct. 16.
Dream of a life under the big top? Ringling Brothers has an opportunity for you then.
The circus is coming to town for auditions this weekend. The tryouts will be held Saturday at the City Museum from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Applicants must register in advance at the group's website. Everyone trying out should have a 3-5 minute routine prepared.
Successful auditioners will be offered a contract to tour to more than 80 U.S. cities with an upcoming production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Register here: www.Ringling.com/clownauditions