MCMINNVILLE, Ore. —School officials, parents and players remained puzzled Sunday over what caused 19 members of a high school football team to suffer muscle damage — three of whom required surgery — following a fall camp.
The 19 McMinnville High School players had elevated levels of the enzyme creatine kinase, or CK, which is released by muscles when they're injured, said physician Craig Winkler of Willamette Valley Medical Center. High CK levels can lead to kidney failure if not properly treated.
Officials said the epidemic's cause is still a mystery, but high CK levels can result from vigorous exercise or the use of certain medications or food supplements.
Report: Gateway Arch suffers from rust, decay
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ST. LOUIS — The 45-year-old Gateway Arch is starting to show its age.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed engineering reports that show the 630-foot monument is suffering from corrosion, growing rust and decay.
Experts say the fix could be as minor as a surface cleaning or as elaborate as a full-blown restoration. They said there are no health or safety issues with the Arch.
Blagojevich won't rule out return to politics
CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he won't rule out another run for political office if federal prosecutors fail to convict him at a second trial, according to an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
His comments came days after he was convicted of lying to federal agents. When talk show host Chris Wallace asked Blagojevich if he would run for office again, he answered, "If you're asking me, do I believe that there's a potential political comeback in the future, when I'm vindicated in this case, absolutely I do."
Rain batters China, forces evacuations
BEIJING — Flooding forced the evacuation of more than 250,000 people in northern China along its border with North Korea, state media said Monday.
Heavy rains over the last several days caused the Yalu river, which marks the border, to breach its banks, although the water level had started to fall late Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency state media said today.
It said four people died, including a couple in their 70s and a mother and son, after their homes in Dandong were swept away by flash floods. Xinhua said 253,500 residents have been evacuated after the Yalu rose to its highest level in a decade.
UK official: Ban game that features Taliban
LONDON — A video game that allows players to adopt the role of the Taliban is a "tasteless product," Britain's defense secretary said Sunday, calling on retailers to show their support for troops by not selling it.
Liam Fox said he was "disgusted and angry" by "Medal of Honor," produced by California-based Electronic Arts Inc.
Company spokeswoman Amanda Taggart said the game's format "merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides."
"We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays cop, someone must be robber," she said.