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VENTURA GETS LICENSE TO CARRY GUN

Gov. Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler and Navy SEAL who has an armed escort, now has a license to carry a concealed weapon.

John Wodele, a spokesman for Ventura, confirmed Wednesday that the governor has been granted a gun permit.

Under a Minnesota law, permit information -- including an applicant's reason for requesting one -- is not public information. It also wasn't known which police agency granted Ventura's permit.

Ventura supports loosening handgun permit rules for noncriminals who complete gun-safety training and skills testing.

Safe-sex practice waning, CDC says

ATLANTA (Reuters) -- The availability of powerful new drugs to treat HIV and AIDS may be encouraging gay men to discard the safe-sex practices that have slowed the epidemic in the past, federal health officials said Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rates of male rectal gonorrhea at sexually transmitted disease clinics in San Francisco almost doubled between 1994 and 1997, reversing a three-year decline.

In addition, surveys conducted by a community-based organization showed higher rates of unprotected anal intercourse among gay men in the city.

"We're finding a disconcerting trend of increasing risky behavior among men who have sex with men," Dr. Richard Steketee of the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention said.

The CDC said the shift in behavior apparently is due to the success of antiretroviral therapies, also known as drug "cocktails."

Deal in suit bars profiting by au pair

BOSTON (AP) -- A settlement was reached today in the wrongful-death lawsuit against former British au pair Louise Woodward, barring her from profiting from her story, an attorney for the baby's family said.

Ms. Woodward, convicted of manslaughter in the death of an 8-month-old baby in her care, was sued in federal court last year by the parents of Matthew Eappen.

The settlement, reached before the case was to go to trial, ensures that Ms. Woodward "does not profit from the killing of their 8-month-old baby," Frederic Ellis, the Eappens' lawyer, said this morning.

He wouldn't comment on whether the settlement included any money for the Eappen family.

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