U.N. Security Council rejects Palestinian resolution

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years late Tuesday, a blow to efforts to get the U.N.’s most powerful body to take action to recognize an independent state of Palestine.

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, had made clear its opposition to the draft resolution and would have used its veto if necessary. But it didn’t have to because the resolution failed to get the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption by the 15-member council.

The resolution received eight “yes” votes, two “no” votes – one from the United States and the other from Australia – and five abstentions.


Board revokes license of doctor who assisted suicides

The Maryland Board of Physicians says it has revoked the medical license of a Baltimore anesthesiologist who assisted in six suicides in the state.

Dr. Lawrence Egbert said Tuesday he has never assisted in a suicide but has advised more than 100 people on how to take their own lives.

The Maryland Board of Physicians revoked Egbert’s license Dec. 12 for unprofessional conduct. It says he acted as an “exit guide” for the patients as medical director for the Final Exit Network.

The document says each patient died of helium inhalation.

Egbert contends his actions did not constitute the practice of medicine.


Actor infects other actor with HIV on adult film set

Two adult film actors have contracted HIV, with one most likely infecting the other during unprotected sex at a film shoot in Nevada where testing was less stringent than industry standards, officials said.

One of the actors had previously tested negative for the virus that causes AIDS before a pair of film shoots, but then began showing symptoms during the second shoot and was later found to be HIV-positive, the California Department of Public Health said Monday in a statement.

The infections came amid a major decline in porn filming in Los Angeles County – once the center of porn production – after the 2012 passage of a law requiring porn actors to use condoms during filming.

– From news service reports