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August 1, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
This could be the drug-testing equivalent of a home run trot for Major League Baseball. More than a dozen players, including the game's active home run leader, Alex Rodriguez, reportedly are set to be suspended for violations of the sport's drug policy. The recent suspension of 2011 most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of this season has already won hearty applause by anti-doping leaders. MLB does a superior job in confronting performance-enhancing drugs compared to the nation's three other major pro sports leagues, anti-doping experts say. Baseball conducted more than 5,000 urine and blood drug tests last year, and has its own team of investigators to partner with law enforcement to pursue drug-violation leads like those in the Biogenesis case.
April 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Police officers usually must have a search warrant before requiring a suspected drunk driver to have his blood drawn, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. In an 8-1 decision, the justices rejected Missouri prosecutors' contention that police should have the freedom to act quickly and dispense with a warrant because alcohol dissipates in the blood. Instead, the court said it would hold fast to its view that the 4th Amendment's ban on "unreasonable searches" means the police usually need a warrant from a magistrate before invading a person's privacy.
March 29, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Oklahoma health officials on Saturday begin testing dental patients in the Tulsa area for a variety of blood-borne viruses that cause hepatitis and AIDS, a precautionary measure to deal with what officials call the largest such incident in the state's history. More than 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington will be receiving letters urging them to seek free blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. State officials have alleged a variety of unsafe practices, including using dirty equipment and allowing unlicensed workers to perform blood-related procedures, such as sedation, at clinics the dentist operated.
January 9, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices sounded wary Wednesday of giving the police a free hand to forcibly take blood from motorists suspected of drunk driving. "It's a pretty scary image of somebody restrained, and a representative of the state approaching them with a needle," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said. Though the police stop swerving drivers at all hours of the day and night, rarely are motorists required to undergo a blood test. Typically, an officer tells a driver who appears to be drunk to get out of the vehicle, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet.
September 25, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
There are a lot of strange things that get stolen out on the endless acres of American rangeland, a vast and often underguarded expanse, but Karen Gibson of rural Wyoming may have found the strangest: horsehair. Gibson recently reported to authorities in Fremont County that someone cut the hair from her horse's tail. The report is the latest in a peculiar crime spree -- authorities have more than 30 reports that people are stealing horsehair across three Wyoming counties. Investigators aren't sure of the motive, but they say that horsehair can be valuable and is often used to create belts, paintbrushes and the bows of musical instruments.
September 25, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will decide whether a police officer who stops a suspected drunk driver can force him or her to take a breath test or have blood drawn at a hospital. Judges across the nation are split over whether forcing someone to undergo a blood test constitutes an "unreasonable search" prohibited by the 4 th Amendment. The decision, due early next year, will define the powers of the police and the rights of motorists who are suspected of driving while intoxicated.
September 25, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether motorists suspected of drunk driving who refuse to take a breath test can be forced to have their blood drawn at a hospital. The ruling in a Missouri case, expected early next year, will help define the powers of the police and the rights of motorists when they are stopped for driving while intoxicated. In most states, as a condition of obtaining a license, applicants must consent to submit to a test of their breath, blood or urine if stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.
August 27, 2012 | By Monte Morin
Are you an early-bird-gets-the-worm kind of person, or do you need a bulldozer to shove your head off the pillow each morning? Scientists in Japan say they can tell the setting of your body's circadian clock just by examining a small blood sample. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers said they have developed a convenient method of estimating an individual's personal body time by examining the concentration of hormones and amino acids in two blood samples taken 12 hours apart.
August 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
If sport is about mythmaking, then clean sport might be the biggest myth of all. Baseball was reminded of this the hard way Wednesday when Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50 games last week for the same reason. Two pennant races, two key players, two suspensions - and you say your sport is clean? No sport can ever be completely clean, not with competitors eternally in search of the slightest edge.
July 25, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON - Big Brother with test tubes was pouring forth here Wednesday. If you are an Olympic athlete, he will be watching you. Actually, he will be watching you urinate in a bottle or roll up your sleeve for his needle insertion. His name is WADA, short for World Anti-Doping Agency, and his message is crystal clear: Cheating at the London Games will be hazardous to your health, especially your psychological health. Asked what sort of stigma a British athlete might face with a positive doping test, the answer was as pointed as a javelin.
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