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Jackson doctor faulted by expert on sleep aid

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A medical expert testified Wednesday that a physician's repeated and flagrant violations of the standard of care involving a powerful anesthetic led to the death of singer Michael Jackson.

Dr. Steven Shafer told jurors that the lack of proper medical equipment and the absence of notes and medical records by Dr. Conrad Murray, along with a breakdown of the patient-doctor relationship, were factors in the death.

Murray was acting more like Jackson's employee than a physician who should have rejected the singer's requests for the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, Shafer said. "Saying yes is not what doctors do," he testified. "A competent doctor would know you do not do this."

The Columbia University professor and researcher gave jurors a crash course on propofol, the powerful anesthetic used in hospital settings that has been cited as Jackson's cause of death in 2009.

Shafer is expected to be the last prosecution witness in the involuntary-manslaughter case against Murray.


O'Neill's rescued play is acquired by Yale

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A play by Eugene O'Neill that was feared to be lost has been acquired by a library at Yale University after surfacing in a researcher's archives, providing insight into a suicide attempt by the only American playwright to receive a Nobel Prize for literature.

The one-act play, "Exorcism," is based on O'Neill's overdose on sleeping pills in a Manhattan rooming house. It premiered in New York City in March 1920, but O'Neill later called back and destroyed copies of the script.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale bought the typescript for an undisclosed amount, curator Louise Bernard said Wednesday.

She said a California researcher found it in the papers of the writer Philip Yordan, who received it as a Christmas gift from O'Neill's second wife, Agnes Boulton, after they divorced.

The play will be published next year by Yale University Press along with a facsimile of the typescript, which includes edits in O'Neill's hand. It also appears in the Oct. 17 issue of the New Yorker magazine.


1 in 25 adolescents tied to antidepressants

ATLANTA (AP) -- Roughly 1 in 25 adolescents in the United States are taking antidepressants, according to a new government study billed as the first to offer such statistics on that age group.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported the figure for children between 12 and 17.

The study also found that about 1 in 10 adults take antidepressants and that only one-third of people with symptoms of depression were taking medication.

The finding suggests that "there's a lot of people who are seriously ill who aren't getting treated," said Laura Pratt, the CDC epidemiologist who led the research, which was based on surveys and depression screenings of about 12,000 U.S. adolescents and adults during the years 2005 through 2008.

Rates of antidepressant use were about the same in different income groups.