Briefs from Tribune news services
'Happiness' radio hosts commit suicide for unknown reasons
New York • On a radio show they hosted called "The Pursuit of Happiness," John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity.
A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said Thursday.
In separate suicide notes, Lettig indicated that they were determined to die together, while Rosen apologized to her family, police said. But beyond that, why they decided to cut short their lives wasn't clear.
Morning-after pill won't be over the counter anytime soon
Chicago • Don't expect to see morning-after pills for all ages on drugstore shelves anytime soon. A federal appeals court decision allowing girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without a prescription or identification won't immediately change access.
Labels first need to be revised to remove age restrictions, and the government has two weeks to file another appeal to block moving the products from behind pharmacy counters.
Doctors, reproductive health specialists, manufacturers and pharmacists struggled Thursday to make sense of the appellate ruling that allows the original two-pill version of emergency contraception to be sold immediately without restrictions.
Zimmerman witnesses must testify in public, judge rules
Sanford, Fla. • A Florida judge has denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses testify confidentiality during George Zimmerman's trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the witnesses have concerns for their safety about testifying at the trial, which starts next week. Prosecutors and attorneys for media groups objected to the request.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense in the racially charged case of a neighborhood watch gone awry.