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October 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A former Sacramento police officer was ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a 75-year-old stroke-impaired woman in 2010. Gary Dale Baker is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17 on two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral sex, two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, the Sacramento Bee reported . Baker, 50, remains free on $1-million bail. The burglary-related offenses could bring Baker a life term in prison if convicted, the paper reported.
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SCIENCE
October 9, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Having a stroke, or even a transient ischemic attack (a TIA, often called a "mini-stroke") can be a costly watershed in a person's life. Statistically, it deducts years from patients' lives. But it claims another toll too: in quality of life after the stroke has happened. New research tallies the combined cost of those two very different measures, and suggests that current treatments for stroke aren't doing nearly enough to minimize strokes' true cost. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, is an exercise in health economics that seeks to generate a fuller picture of a disease's cost.
SPORTS
September 16, 2013 | By Teddy Greenstein
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Shortly after Zach Johnson tapped in on No. 18 at Conway Farms, he bent over, taking a deep breath. It was a moment of reflection after he fired a final-round, six-under-par 65 to win the BMW Championship by two shots. "I just had to gather myself," he said. "I feel blessed. The peace I had out there …" The Iowa native felt the love all day from the 10,000-plus fans who endured muddy conditions to witness the Monday finish. "I'm not from Chicago," Johnson said, "but I feel local.
SCIENCE
September 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
At least 200,000 deaths due to heart disease and stroke can be prevented each year by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and taking aspirin when recommended by a physician, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study  published Tuesday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , researchers found that the rate of avoidable deaths from cardiovascular disease had dropped 29% from 2001 to 2010. However, researchers found the pattern of decline differed by age, race and state of residence.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | Wire reports
Sergio Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes and later made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a seven-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson on Saturday after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass. Garcia was at 13-under 129. Phil Mickelson , who had shared the first-round lead, took a wild ride to a 71 as he closed with back-to-back birdies that left him five strokes back. Tiger Woods , in the featured grouping with Mickelson and Adam Scott , made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 67 and was six shots back.
SPORTS
August 8, 2013 | By K.C. Johnson
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - At least Tiger Woods' defiance is in major championship form. "I'm still right there," Woods said after shooting a one-over 71 Thursday to trail Adam Scott and Jim Furyk by six strokes after first-round play in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Woods carded two birdies in his first six holes but played the final 12 in three over. That included a bogey on the par-five fourth, Thursday's easiest hole, and a double-bogey six on the ninth, his final hole. "Overall, I played really well," Woods said.
SCIENCE
July 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Tainted lots of injectable steroids not only triggered a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis late last year, they were also responsible for at least three cases of stroke, according to new research. Autopsies performed on two deceased stroke victims and tests on a third survivor showed that fungal infections were likely responsible for blocked, or ischemic, blood vessels, according to a paper published Monday in JAMA Neurology . Physicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville examined the cases of three patients who were admitted with stroke symptoms two weeks to a month after receiving tainted injections of methylprednisolone acetate.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Country singer Randy Travis is recovering from a stroke that he had while undergoing surgery for congestive heart failure, his publicist said Wednesday evening.  The Grammy-winning hitmaker, 54, was admitted to the hospital Sunday, and underwent a procedure Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition at a Plano, Texas, hospital. Travis, who helped reintroduce the honky tonk style of country music onto the charts in the 1980s, first fell ill about three weeks ago, his doctors said Wednesday, and his condition worsened after he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Randy Travis has had a stroke and was undergoing surgery at a Plano, Texas, hospital to relieve pressure on his brain, his representative said Wednesday evening. The singer remains in critical condition. The stroke came as a result of Travis' congestive heart failure, a condition that had landed him in the hospital Sunday. "His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," said rep Kirt Webster, who promised updates as they became available.  RELATED: Randy Travis' career in pictures The Grammy winner had undergone a procedure to implant a tiny pump in his heart to stabilize him to be moved from a Baylor hospital in McKinney, Texas, to the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.  Earlier Wednesday, before Travis suffered the stroke, Dr. Michael Mack, director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, said that the singer's "condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement" since the transfer.
SCIENCE
June 27, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
In the wake of a traumatic brain injury, a victim may have more to worry about than lingering headaches, dizziness or inability to concentrate: A new study finds that the risk of ischemic stroke -- in which blood flow to the brain is blocked or reduced -- rises in the years that follow. That finding, published this week in the journal Neurology, may help explain the incidence of stroke in patients under 65 and in patients without some of stroke's known risk factors, such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes or atrial fibrillation.
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