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Child cured of HIV contracted at birth

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A two-year-old Mississippi child has been "functionally cured" of HIV that had been contracted at birth, according to doctors.

University of Mississippi doctors said that early detection and treatment of the virus was crucial to the successful outcome, along with the medications that were prescribed, CNN said.

Doctors say the patient is expected to live a full normal life with no dependence on medication and a low chance of being infectious to others, the Guardian said.

The infant, whose identity has not been released for their protection, contracted the virus from its mother who received no prenatal care, The Guardian said.

According to CNN, information regarding the case was released on Sunday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

NASCAR fans injured in a last lap crash

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At least 28 fans were injured at Daytona Motor Speedway Saturday when parts of a car involved in a crash flew into the stands.

Although the exact number of injured fans was unclear at first, 14 fans were treated for their injuries on site, and 14 fans were taken to area hospitals for treatment, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said in a news conference. Chitwood did not elaborate on their conditions, Boston.com said.

Six people who suffered from more serious injuries were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, where they were identified as meeting the conditions of trauma patients, Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said according to Boston.com.

The 12 car pileup, which occurred during the last lap of the Nationwide race at Daytona, started at the front of the pack when contact was made between Regan Smith and the 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, the New York Times reported.

As a result, the No. 32 car driven by Kyle Larson got launched into the protective fencing that surrounds the track, sending airborne debris from the rookie driver's car straight through the fence and into the grandstands, the New York Times said.

Following the accident, Tony Stewart, the race's winner, quietly and respectfully celebrated the win with his crew in victory lane.

"As much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal to us, I'm more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands right now because that was ... I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn't look good from where I was at," Stewart said according to Boton.com.

The Daytona 500 will go ahead as planned for Sunday, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said.

A University of Maryland graduate student shot and killed one of his roommates and injured another Tuesday morning at their College Park home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Dayvon M. Green, 23, has been identified by Prince George's County Police as the shooter in the death of his roommate Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring. Green also fired shots at another roommate, leaving the 22-year-old undergraduate student injured, authorities said. Police did not release the injured victim's name, but said that he is expected to survive.

Investigators believe that Green had started a couple of small fires outside the home around 1 a.m. prompting the two roommates to go outside to investigate. The three men agreed to go inside and get water to put the flames out when Green reached for a handgun holstered on his hip and opened fire on his roommates, police said.

After killing one roommate and injuring the other, Green went around to the back of the house and fatally shot himself, the Baltimore Sun reported. In Green's possession was a fully-loaded semi-automatic weapon, ammunition, machete and a baseball bat, police said. The handgun was obtained legally and purchased by Green himself, but it is unclear whether the semi- automatic weapon was legal.

Green was a graduate of Morgan State University, a former NASA intern, and in the process of completing graduate work at the University of Maryland, the Washington Post said. Green's family confirmed that he had been suffering from an undisclosed mental illness within the past year and had been on unidentified medications for this illness in the past, the Baltimore Sun said.

U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering on Saturdays

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The United States Postal Service announced at a news conference Wednesday morning that beginning in August they will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays.
Although the Postal Service will not be delivering first class mail on Saturdays, other mail including packages, mail-order medicine, priority, and express mail will still continue to be delivered, CBS News said.
This decision comes as an effort to save money after the USPS reported a record loss of $15.9 billion last year.
"The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits," said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, according to NBC News.
Cutting out Saturday delivery is estimated to save the USPS about $2 billion.
Former government watchdog, David Walker, said that this change "won't come close to solving the Postal Service's problem. It's got to look at more fundamental changes in its infrastructure, its compensation costs, its retirement obligations, and also what it does and who does its business," CBS News reported.

Giffords on guns: former Rep. speaks at gun control hearing

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of a mass shooting in Arizona back in 2011, spoke out in favor of stricter gun laws in order to prevent further such acts of violence from occurring at a Congressional gun control hearing on Wednesday. In what was described in the Huffington Post as a rather labored speech to Congress, Giffords asked the government, and also the American public to seriously consider new legislation regarding gun laws. "Too many children are dying. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now," Giffords said. According to CNN, Congress also heard from those who oppose new gun laws including NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, whose main concern with adding new legislation was that current laws are not being correctly enforced, and therefore he believes that adding more legislation would not be effective. In addition to under enforcement of the law, LaPierre said, "Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe that government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families." The Huffington Post reported that nearing the close of the hearing, Mark Kelley, Giffords' husband, received news of a shooting in a Phoenix office building leaving three people wounded and the shooter at large.

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