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Bayer pulls Essure contraceptive implant from U.S. market

WASHINGTON — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports from women and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the United States.

Bayer said the safety of its Essure implant has not changed, but it will stop selling the device at the end of the year due to weak sales. Last year, Bayer stopped selling it in Europe.

The Food and Drug Administration has placed restrictions on the device following patient reports of pain, bleeding, allergic reactions and cases where the implant punctured the uterus or shifted out of place. More than 16,000 U.S. women are suing Bayer over Essure. — AP

Ohio killer spared after extent of abuse revealed

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said information about the extent of the inmate's tough childhood wasn't properly presented at trial. Kasich commuted the sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life without the possibility of parole, citing "fundamental flaws" in the sentencing portion of Tibbetts' trial. The guilt of Tibbetts, 61, has never been in doubt.— AP

Republicans pick Charlotte for 2020 convention

AUSTIN, Texas — The Republican Party will host its 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Republican National Committee picked Charlotte over Las Vegas, the only other finalist, on Friday. The same city hosted the national Democrats' convention in 2012.— AP

Honduran boy reunited after separation from family

A year-old boy who became a poster child for the U.S. policy of separating immigrant parents and children was back in the arms of his parents Friday, five months after he was taken from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Johan Bueso Montecinos was flown to Honduras on Friday after officials worked out arrangements. Johan's father was deported after the two crossed the U.S. border, and the 10-month-old remained at an Arizona shelter in the custody of the U.S. government.

In early July, an account of an immigration judge's befuddlement over how to deal with a detainee in diapers triggered outrage over the U.S. policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. The policy involved prosecuting all adults detained at the border.— AP

More than 100 alleged misdeeds by Ohio State doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by the now-deceased Ohio State University team physician at the center of an investigation, the university said Friday.

Independent investigators are reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from 14 sports as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus office, University President Michael Drake said. "We are grateful to those who have come forward," he said.— AP

Congress softens ban on Chinese telecom in concession to Trump

WASHINGTON — Congress is abandoning an effort to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE in a defense bill, essentially greenlighting the Trump administration's deal to save a company that was accused of selling sensitive information to hostile regimes.

Some senators from both parties expressed outrage Friday that the revised bill guts a provision to reinstate penalties and restrict the Chinese company's ability to buy U.S. component parts. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he was surprised that House and Senate leaders "caved so easily."

President Donald Trump in May warned the ban was causing heavy job losses in China.

— AP and Politico

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