Nation/World Briefly: Boy who resisted chemo gets treatment

MINNEAPOLIS — A 13-year-old cancer patient who fled the state with his mother rather than face chemotherapy underwent a round of the treatment he feared Thursday, a family spokesman said.

Jim Navarro said Daniel Hauser attended his second chemotherapy session at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, but he had no immediate update on the teen’s condition.

The boy’s parents, who initially resisted chemotherapy out of a preference for alternative treatments, faced legal consequences if they skipped the appointment.

The family had said an earlier round of chemotherapy made Daniel, who suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, feel sick and hardened their resolve against further treatment.

A Brown County judge ordered the treatment anyway, prompting Daniel and Colleen Hauser to leave their home in Sleepy Eye and spend a week on the lam before returning.

The family prefers natural healing practices suggested by a religious group called the Nemenhah Band, which says it follows American Indian beliefs.

Nebraska: Lethal injection now law

Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill Thursday to change the state’s method of execution from electrocution to lethal injection. Nebraska was the only state with electrocution as its sole means of execution.

Maryland: Teen to be tried as adult in father’s slaying

A judge in Hagerstown on Thursday ordered 15-year-old Danielle Black to be tried as an adult on a charge of soliciting her father’s stabbing death. The teen is accused of asking a friend on a school bus to kill her father, Billy Lee Black, 47, to end beatings she claimed she suffered but which police couldn’t verify. The boy refused, and Black was killed two days later on Halloween by another of Danielle’s friends, 20-year-old Alec Eger, police said.

Florida: ‘Father Oprah’ joins Episcopal Church after scandal

A popular priest known as “Father Oprah” has left the Roman Catholic Church and joined the Episcopal Church less than a month after a tabloid published photos of him cavorting on the beach with his girlfriend. The Rev. Alberto Cutie did not talk about his relationship with the woman, who has been identified in local media as 35-year-old divorcee Ruhama Buni Canellis, or if he has plans to marry her. The Episcopal Church allows its priests to marry and date. The Catholic Church requires them to be celibate.

Afghanistan: Militants killed

U.S.-led coalition troops attacked a suspected training camp for foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Thursday, and an Afghan official said 34 militants were killed, including 22 Arabs and Pakistanis. Among the dead were six who blew up their suicide vests during the battle, the U.S. coalition said. Separately, arsonists burned down a boys’ school overnight in Daman district in neighboring Kandahar province.

Honduras: 7.1 earthquake

A powerful earthquake toppled dozens of homes in Honduras and Belize early Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring 40 as terrified residents spilled from their homes across much of Central America. The magnitude-7.1 earthquake destroyed at least 57 homes and damaged another 65, Honduras officials said. They said 14 schools were damaged, as were two Roman Catholic churches and three bridges.

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