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Hillary Clinton treated for blood clot by ear

– Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said Monday. They say they are confident that she will make a full recovery.

In a statement that revealed the location of the clot, Clinton’s doctors said it is in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. She is being treated with blood thinners to help dissolve the clot, the doctors said, and she will be released once the medication dose has been established.

Clinton, 65, who was spending a second day at a New York hospital, developed the clot after suffering a concussion earlier in December. She had fainted, fallen and struck her head at home while battling a stomach virus, her spokesman said. She has not been seen publicly since Dec. 7.

Nation

Long investigation likely in bus crash

A federal agency said Monday it is sending investigators to eastern Oregon to look into a deadly crash in which a tour bus returning to British Columbia from a trip to Las Vegas spun out of control on an icy interstate, slammed through a guardrail and plummeted 100 feet down an embankment, killing nine people and sending at least 30 others to hospitals.

Authorities say it may be a month or more before investigators and prosecutors decide whether to file charges in the crash.

The Sunday morning crash occurred near a spot on Interstate 84 called Deadman Pass because of the hazards on that stretch of road, a steep seven-mile descent out of the Blue Mountains. That section of highway has “some of the most changeable and severe weather conditions in the Northwest,” according to an advisory published by state transportation officials.

Judge lets Texas cut Planned Parenthood

Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.

Judge Gary Harger said Texas may exclude otherwise-qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights.

The state has long banned the use of state funds for abortion but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state’s Women’s Health Program. The program provides check-ups and birth control to 110,000 poor women a year, and Planned Parenthood clinics were treating 48,000 of them.

Subway suspect had medication trouble

The family of a woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a New York City subway train called police several times in the past five years because she had not been taking prescribed medication and she was difficult to deal with, authorities said Monday.

Erika Menendez, 31, was being held without bail on a murder charge in the death of Sunando Sen. She told police she pushed the 46-year-old India native because she thought he was Muslim, and she hates them, according to prosecutors. They’d never met before she suddenly shoved him off the subway platform, because she “thought it would be cool,” prosecutors said. The victim was Hindu, not Muslim.

World

African rebels reject proposal for unity

Francois Bozize’s government came under growing threat Monday in the Central African Republic as rebels vowing to overthrow him rejected appeals from the African Union to hold their advance and try to form a coalition government.

Meanwhile, dozens of troops from Republic of Congo arrived in Bangui, the capital, as part of an effort to step up the presence of a multinational regional military force.

The rebels have seized control of about 10 towns in less than a month and now have moved within striking distance to the capital, a city of more than 700,000 people.

Egyptians reassured as currency devalues

The Egyptian pound slipped further against the dollar Monday, a downward plunge on the first two days of trading under a new system, as the president tried to reassure a worried public.

The cumulative loss of nearly 4 percent this week came after Egypt’s central bank took steps in what bankers believe is an attempt to force a controlled devaluation of the currency.

In an effort to instill confidence among people who have been rushing to sell Egyptian pounds for dollars, President Mohammed Morsi said the pound’s fall “does not worry or scare us, and matters will balance out within a matter of days.”

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