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Secret Service tightens rules following scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to restore its reputation tarnished by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or taking foreigners to their hotel rooms.

Secret Service director Mark Sullivan urged agents and other employees to "consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks."

He was referring to a prostitution scandal that erupted April 13 in Colombia involving 12 Secret Service agents, officers and supervisors and 12 enlisted military personnel who were there ahead of President Obama's visit to a summit.

The Secret Service has forced eight employees from their jobs and is seeking to revoke the security clearance of another employee.


Awareness tied to rise in concussion reports

CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of children being diagnosed with concussions doubled in recent years, emergency room data suggest.

But the 10-year study showed that the percentage of kids hospitalized after ER treatment for concussions declined. That suggests the increase in concussions reflects more people knowing about the potential dangers of concussions, said Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, the study's lead author and a pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.

The results echo other research, including a recent study showing a big increase in the number of child athletes getting hospital treatment for concussions. Experts think awareness, rather than a true increase in head injuries, is involved.


Nighttime tornadoes destroy homes, farm

EADS, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities say at least seven homes and a hog farm were destroyed after rare nighttime tornadoes ripped through sparsely populated counties on the southeastern Colorado plains.

No deaths have been reported, only minor injuries.

Authorities said the twisters were reported early Friday in three counties.

The National Weather Service said preliminary findings indicate that five tornadoes touched down.