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story.lead_photo.caption Westmoreland County, Pa., detective Ray Duplika (left) and New Kensington, Pa., Police Chief Jim Klein escort Rahmael Sal Holt to a hearing Tuesday in New Kensington. Holt was arrested in the killing of officer Brian Shaw.

Police capture suspect in officer's killing

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. -- Tips from informants helped lead law enforcement to the man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer, officials said Tuesday.

A SWAT team arrested Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, at a Pittsburgh home early Tuesday after a four-day manhunt, officials said. He is accused of killing New Kensington officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Shaw, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was shot multiple times in the parking lot after the suspect fired at least six shots. It doesn't appear that Shaw fired back, he said.

Several friends and family members -- including Holt's mother, Sherry Holt -- have been charged with hindering his apprehension during the days he spent as a fugitive.

Holt was arraigned Tuesday on charges including murder of a law enforcement officer and was being held without bail.

Military transgender ban blocked again

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration's proposed military transgender ban, finding that active-duty service members are "already suffering harmful consequences" because of the president's policy.

Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in the Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration's proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by Garbis also goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for certain medical care.

Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have "demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments."

Justice Department lawyers told the court this month that the lawsuit was premature because the policy is on hold pending a review by the Defense Department.

Self-harm among girls on rise, data show

CHICAGO -- Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found.

The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The trend parallels rising reports of teen depression and suicide, the researchers noted.

The researchers analyzed 2001-2015 data on nonfatal self-inflicted injuries treated in emergency rooms among ages 10 to 24. Nearly 29,000 girls with self-inflicted injuries and about 14,000 boys were treated during the study years.

The sharpest increase occurred among girls aged 10 to 14, nearly tripling from 2009 to 2015, from about 110 visits per 100,000 to almost 318 per 100,000. Older teen girls had the highest rates -- 633 visits per 100,000 in 2015, but the increase after 2008 was less steep.

While exact causes are unclear, some mental health experts believe cyberbullying, substance abuse and economic stress from the recent recession are contributing to the trend.

Neurologist pleads guilty in groping case

PHILADELPHIA -- A neurologist facing allegations of sexual misconduct in three states pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a Philadelphia clinic.

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 63, admitted that he assaulted seven patients in 2016 while he was chairman of Drexel University's neurology department and pleaded guilty to varying charges of indecent assault and harassment. Under a plea agreement, he will serve seven years' probation, register as a sex offender and forfeit his medical license.

Three former patients gave statements during the hearing. They said he touched them inappropriately, whispered seductively in at least one woman's ear and took advantage of the fact that they had few other health care options.

Drexel fired him in March after an internal investigation and at least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have stepped forward to accuse Cruciani of sexual misconduct.

Photo by AP/MATT ROURKE
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani (left) signals for a taxicab Tuesday after leaving the criminal justice center in Philadelphia.

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Print Headline: Military transgender ban blocked again Police capture suspect in officer's killing Neurologist pleads guilty in groping case Self-harm among girls on rise, data show

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