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Girl, 10, found OK after abduction; LAPD seeks 2 men

– More than 20 Los Angeles police detectives are hunting for two men who grabbed a 10-year-old girl from her San Fernando Valley bedroom before dawn Wednesday and held her for nearly 12 hours.

Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said investigators believe the men took the girl to several locations in different cars before dropping her off at a hospital six miles from her home.

One man is described as an 18-year-old white male, and police have no description of the other man.

The girl was found when someone who recognized her from media reports spotted her outside a Starbucks shop and summoned nearby officers.

Surgeon’s patients urged to be tested

Health officials on Thursday urged a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon’s patients to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying filthy conditions behind his office’s spiffy facade posed a threat to his 7,000 clients and made him a “menace to the public health.”

State and county health inspectors went to Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s practice after a patient with no known risk factors tested positive for both hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS. They found employees using dirty equipment, reusing needles and administering drugs without a license.

Harrington voluntarily closed his offices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, a Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman said.

Ex-trooper kills wife, self in store

A former state trooper killed his estranged wife with a shotgun inside a central Pennsylvania supermarket Thursday and then killed himself, days after she filed for divorce and two months after he was accused of beating her, police said.

State police investigators said Mark Miscavish, who retired from the state police in 2011 after 15 years, arrived at the County Market in Philipsburg around 10 a.m. and found Traci Miscavish in an upstairs office.

Landslide damages Washington homes

Eighteen homes on a scenic Washington state island are still inaccessible because of a massive landslide.

Authorities continue to survey the damage and potential danger from Wednesday’s slide on Whidbey Island, 50 miles north of Seattle.

Terry Clark, of the Island County Emergency Management Department, says one home was destroyed and 33 others were ordered evacuated.

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Lung infection sends Mandela to hospital

Nelson Mandela was back in a Johannesburg hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection.

South Africa’s presidency said that doctors were acting with extreme caution because of the advanced age of the anti-apartheid leader, who has become increasingly frail in recent years. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment.

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