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GOP chief says field of hopefuls may grow

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus says that the GOP has a great field of presidential candidates but that there's still time for someone else to get in.

With some conservatives saying Texas Gov. Rick Perry has had shaky debate performances, speculation about the future of the GOP race has returned to the possibility of more candidates.

There has been talk that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could still enter the race, although Christie has said he's not planning to. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has left open the possibility of running.

Priebus says that it gets "harder and harder" for other candidates to get in as the caucuses in Iowa early next year get closer but that there's still time. He appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."


'Error' probed in death of a hospital patient

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a patient's death at a hospital here after what's being described as a "medical error" by a replacement nurse hired during a labor dispute.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center gave the patient what she termed a "non-prescribed dosage of a medication."

Watson did not release additional details but said the department is investigating.

Thousands of nurses across California went on strike for one day Thursday, but many were locked out when they tried to return to work Friday.

The patient, who died Saturday morning, had been receiving treatment at the hospital since July.

No details about the patient or the nurse have been released, but the Oakland Tribune reports that the patient was a 66-year-old Oakland resident.


Doctors warn residents of mushroom toxicity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mushrooms are sprouting up almost everywhere after recent rainy weather, but doctors at Georgetown University are warning area residents against eating them after treating two men who fell dangerously ill from toxic mushrooms in the last two weeks.

Frank Constantinopla and his wife picked mushrooms from their backyard in Springfield, Va., to cook in a stir fry.

Within hours of eating the fungi known as "death cap" mushrooms, they felt sick. His symptoms were worse and within days, he was suffering from the early stages of liver failure.

A week later, a retired farmer from Frederick, Md., fell ill with mushroom toxicity. Doctors were able to use a drug that's undergoing clinical trials, and now both men are recovering.

Doctors say people should be careful to buy their mushrooms from legitimate farms or grocery stores.