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July 1, 2014

In Other News, 7/1

Two women arrested in attack on 79-year-old man

Two women hit 79-year-old Naftali Lebovits in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground in Brooklyn, N.Y. Raven Small, 20, and Tatyana Bone, 18, were arrested less than an hour later and charged with assault, police said. Lebovits was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Police said the motive wasn’t clear. — New York Daily News

Fans grant hockey player’s dying wish, chant his name at hospital

Last week, former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick devastated his fans with news that he was battling a terminal illness, and could have as little as a few weeks left to live. “In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans,” he said. “Your ‘Gino, Gino’ cheers were my favorite. I wish I could hear them again.” Hundreds of fans granted his wish, camping out outside the Vancouver General Hospital to show their support and once again chant his name. Hearing the chants, Odjick came down to greet them. The former Canuck was wheeled outside, then stood, waved to the crowd and thanked the fans. — Yahoo Sports

Study finds vaccine side effects extremely rare

Serious complications related to vaccines are very rare, and there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism, according to an analysis of 67 research studies. The analysis comes as many vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback, often in communities with low vaccination rates. At least 539 people across 20 states have been infected with measles this year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This report should give parents some reassurance,” says pediatrician Courtney Gidengil of Rand and Boston Children’s Hospital, co-author of the study in Pediatrics. — WFAA

Obama administration releases immigrant families into US but still won’t say how many

The Obama administration has released into the U.S. an untold number of immigrant families caught traveling illegally from Central America in recent months — and although the government knows how many it’s released, it won’t say publicly. Senior U.S. officials directly familiar with the issue, including at the Homeland Security Department and White House, have so far dodged the answer on at least seven occasions over two weeks. — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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