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AP - A judge has again blocked an Ohio hospital from forcing a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.

The order comes a week after an appeals court sent the case back to the judge and told him to give more consideration to the request by Akron Children's Hospital.

The hospital wants limited guardianship of Sarah Hershberger to decide whether the Medina County girl should continue treatments for leukemia. Doctors believe Sarah will die without chemotherapy.

But Judge John Lohn said in his ruling that not allowing the parents to make medical decisions for their daughter would take away their rights, and said there is no guarantee the chemotherapy would be successful.

The girl's family stopped treatment because it was making her extremely sick.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire public health officials believe one person died of a rare, degenerative brain disease, and there's a remote chance up to 13 others in multiple states were exposed to it through surgical equipment.

Dr. Joseph Pepe, president of Catholic Medical Center, says officials are 95 percent certain that a patient who had brain surgery in May and died in August had sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Officials have notified eight people who had brain surgery during that time period, because the faulty proteins that cause the disease can survive standard sterilization. The disease has only been transmitted that way four times, never in the United States.

Some of the surgical instruments had been rented, and officials say up to five patients in other states could have been exposed.

The equipment has been quarantined.

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Democratic Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has to focus on a surge in crime in his city with six weeks left in his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.

The state's largest city recorded its ninth homicide in as many days Tuesday.

At a campaign event Wednesday, Booker announced the city is working on a program to put more police on the streets. He calls the run of violence "unacceptable" and has outlined plans to extend the summer deployment of increased patrols and deploy additional police to target gun violence.

Booker is a rising star in the Democratic Party. His U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan, has frequently accused him of having spent too much time building a national profile and not enough on Newark's problems.

The special Senate election is Oct. 16.

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