March 5
HEALTH
HIV apparently halted in 2nd baby

A 9-month-old baby who was born in California with the virus that leads to AIDS may have been cured as a result of treatments that doctors began just four hours after her birth, medical researchers said on Wednesday.

That child is the second case, after an earlier instance in Mississippi, in which doctors may have brought HIV in a newborn into remission by administering antiretroviral drugs in the first hours of life, said Deborah Persaud, a pediatrics specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, at a conference in Boston.

“The child . . . has become HIV-negative,” she said, referring to the 9-month-old baby, born near Los Angeles, who is still receiving a three-drug cocktail of anti-AIDS treatments. The child born in Mississippi, now 31 / 2 years old, ceased receiving antiretroviral treatments two years ago.

— Reuters

CONNECTICUT
Obama to Congress:
Raise minimum wage

President Obama, addressing college students in New Britain on Wednesday, challenged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, saying that allowing low-paid workers to raise their families in poverty “violates a ­basic sense of who we are.”

“This is not a small thing. This is big deal,” Obama said before a crowd of 3,000 at Central Connecticut State University, touting his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

A day after presenting his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, Obama traveled here to meet with four New England governors — Daniel Malloy (D) of Connecticut, Deval L. Patrick (D) of Massachusetts, Peter Shumlin (D) of Vermont and Lincoln Chafee (I) of Rhode Island — who support his push for a wage hike and to press his agenda to a far more receptive audience.

The president and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who accompanied Obama on the trip, joined the governors for lunch at Cafe Beauregard, a diner that pays workers $10 an hour.

— David Nakamura

MASSACHUSETTS
Court clears man who took photos up skirts

A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday.

The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police after reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders’ skirts and dresses. The ruling immediately prompted top state lawmakers to pledge to update law.

— Associated Press

Congressional candidate says he is gay: A veteran Arizona legislator who is running for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Ed Pastor said Wednesday that he is gay. State Sen. Steve Gallardo (D) said he felt the need to come out publicly partly because of the recent battle against a bill approved by the Arizona Legislature that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the bill.

Washington state issues first pot license: Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years. Sean Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, received the document at a state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia.

— From news services

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