Cold medicines for babies yanked from the market

WASHINGTON - Drug makers on Thursday voluntarily pulled children's cold medicines off the market less than two weeks after the government warned of potential health risks to infants.

Over-the-counter medications aimed at children under the age of two are being removed from store shelves because of rare instances of parents overdosing young children, a trade group that represents the drugs' manufacturers said. The group said parents should no longer administer these medications.

Expert: Suspect in killing of pregnant woman altered ultrasound pictures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman charged with killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb had altered ultrasound pictures of developing fetuses and received e-mails threatening to expose her lies about being pregnant, a computer expert testified Thursday.

At the same time her ex-husband was threatening to expose her, Lisa Montgomery was searching the Internet about Caesarean sections, birth certificates and the medical facility where she later claimed to have given birth, testified Mark Johnson, who analyzed Montgomery's computer.

Nearly a third of U.S. adults with arthritis claim it limits work output

ATLANTA - About a third of U.S. adults with arthritis say the chronic condition - the nation's leading cause of disability - has limited their ability to work, the government said Thursday.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 33 percent of U.S. workers with arthritis suffered work limitations in 2003, the latest data available.

In Kentucky, slightly more than half of arthritis sufferers reported work limitations. Nevada had the lowest percentage, with about a fourth of its adults saying their work was limited.

Court orders trial to examine $15M murder judgment

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's highest court on Thursday overturned part of a lower court's $15 million judgment against a disbarred New York City lawyer who served 15 years in prison for killing his 6-year-old adopted daughter.

The state Court of Appeals reduced the judgment against Joel Steinberg by $985,000 - the amount the New York City government was held liable for due to its agencies' failure to prevent Lisa Steinberg's death.

The court also ordered a new trial to address one element of the award to the girl's birth mother, Michele Launders.

Cops: Columbia to turn over tapes in noose case

NEW YORK - The graduate school where a noose was found on the door of a black professor agreed Thursday to turn over security videotape, but police were dismayed that they had to get a subpoena to acquire the evidence.

Police claim that Teachers College - Columbia University's graduate school of education - had agreed to give up the tape without a court order Wednesday. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said police officials were 'disappointed and surprised' by the delay in a case that rocked the Ivy League campus.

NY subpoenas 33 marketers of student loans

ALBANY, N.Y. - The state of New York has subpoenaed 33 companies and lenders who market education loans directly to college students in a widening of its investigation of deceptive tactics in the industry.

After launching a probe of college-sponsored lending, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he is now investigating independent lenders and marketers who solicit business from students and families, often implying they are part of the federal government or affiliated with a college.

Tank cars still burn at site of derailment

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Railroad tank cars carrying ethanol continued burning Thursday, more than 24 hours after a derailment and explosion drove hundreds of people from their homes, officials said.

Firefighters had been battling the blaze after Wednesday's accident, but authorities are now letting the fire burn out on its own, something that could take another 12 hours or so, said Ken Gauntner, Lake County administrator.

After the derailment about noon Wednesday, residents of about 1,300 households within a half mile of the site in the northeast Ohio town were told to leave their homes, Gauntner said.