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POSTED July 15, 2013 9:54 p.m.

ALL INVOLVED AGREE, SAND DUNE RESCUE 'A MIRACLE' : CHICAGO (AP) — One minute, 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was scampering up a massive dune in northern Indiana with his dad and a friend. He was gone the next, without a warning or sound.

More than three hours later, rescuers pulled Nathan out from under 11 feet of sand on Friday. He showed no signs of life: He was cold to the touch, had no pulse and wasn't breathing. His limp body was put into the back of a pickup truck, which started toward a waiting ambulance.

The plan was to take him to the hospital rather than the coroner's office, even if he was dead, in order to "give the family and rescue workers hope," La Porte (Ind.) County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman said Monday.

As the truck bounced over the dune, a medic noticed something astonishing: The boy took a breath. Then, the cut on his head started bleeding. The jolt apparently shocked Nathan's body back to life, Huffman said. Nathan was rushed to the hospital and was crying in the emergency room when Huffman arrived a few minutes later.

COURT SIDES WITH YAHOO IN DATA COLLECTION CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from Internet users.

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reviews government requests to spy on individuals. It ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case that ordered Yahoo to turn over customer data.

The order requires the government to review which portions of the opinion, briefs and arguments can be declassified and report back to the court by July 29.

The government sought the information from Yahoo Inc. under the National Security Agency's Prism data-gathering program. Details of the secret program were disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has fled the country.

BOSTON BOMB SUSPECT SEEKS 2ND DEATH PENALTY LAWYER: BOSTON (AP) — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is asking to have a second prominent death penalty expert added to his defense team.

In April, chief federal public defender Miriam Conrad asked a judge to appoint Judy Clarke and David Bruck to help defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The judge approved Clarke, a San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent, but denied the request for Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia.

Now that Tsarnaev has been indicted on 30 counts, many of which could bring the death penalty, his attorneys are again asking to add Bruck to the team.

They say he's especially well-qualified because of his extensive experience with death penalty cases.

ND JUDGE: 2011 ABORTION LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 2011 North Dakota law that outlaws one of two drugs used in nonsurgical abortions violates the state and U.S. constitutions, a state judge ruled Monday.

After a three-day trial in April, East Central Judge Wickham Corwin said he'd rule in favor of the state's sole abortion clinic, calling the 2011 state law "simply wrongheaded." Corwin officially ruled on the case Monday.

"No compelling state interest justifies this infringement ..." Corwin wrote in his 58-page ruling. He already had granted an injunction preventing the law from taking effect.

Autumn Katz, staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is helping the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo with its legal challenges, argued that would essentially eliminate the procedure and illegally restrict abortion rights.

 

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Monday he will appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

DEAF NYC STARBUCKS PATRONS SUE, SAY THEY'RE MOCKED: NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit claims some Starbucks workers in New York City were so rude to deaf customers they mocked them and called the police to try to get them kicked out.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for what's described as multiple occasions of abuse.

It was filed last week in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of 12 people. It says one Starbucks Corp. employee laughed hysterically at a plaintiff's speech. It says others objected to a monthly meeting of a group of deaf people called Deaf Chat Coffee and called police.

Starbucks spokeswoman Jamie Riley says the Seattle-based company takes the allegations seriously and is investigating. She says the coffeemaker doesn't tolerate discrimination at its stores and values its track record of hiring and serving members of the deaf community.

CRITICIZED PETRAEUS TO TAKE $1 SALARY AT NY SCHOOL: NEW YORK (AP) — Former CIA director David Petraeus is taking a big salary cut for his visiting professorship at the City University of New York after being criticized for how much he was getting paid.

Petraeus will teach his seminar at Macaulay Honors College in the next academic year for $1. That's down quite a bit from the $200,000 that Gawker.com first reported he was getting.

The high salary for someone teaching one class spurred outrage in a system in which the average full-time faculty member salary is just under $90,000.

Petraeus' attorney says he proposed the change because he wanted to keep focus on the students and the teaching, not the money.

Petraeus was an Iraq and Afghanistan war hero but left the CIA in scandal after an affair with his biographer.

FLA. REJECTS REQUEST TO EXHUME BOYS SCHOOL BODIES: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state agency is turning down a request from researchers at the University of South Florida who want to exhume human remains at a now-defunct Florida Panhandle reform school.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner told researchers Monday that the state does not have legal authority to grant the request, even though the land in Marianna is state-owned. Detzner reports to Gov. Rick Scott.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson criticized the decision and called it a "classic run-around."

Earlier this year, a circuit judge rejected a request from Attorney General Pam Bondi to exhume bodies from "Boot Hill Cemetery" and surrounding areas. It is believed there may be unmarked graves and unaccounted bodies of boys who died.

 

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