5 things you need to know on Thursday

Red Sox rout the Cardinals in World Series Game 1

The Boston Red Sox took advantage of sloppy play by the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series opener 8-1 in Fenway Park. The Red Sox jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after a rare call-reversal on a botched double-play attempt. Second-base umpire Dana DeMuth had initially ruled Dustin Pedroia out at second on a play where shortstop Pete Kozma clearly never had possession of the ball. To add to the Cardinals' woes, their star right fielder, Carlos Beltran, injured himself while robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning. X-rays of Beltran's ribs were negative but it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup tomorrow.

Health care hearing

High demand for health insurance coupled with confusion between contractors led to many of the problems that have plagued the HealthCare.gov website meant to allow uninsured Americans to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act, an official with the top contractor will tell a House panel today. Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal, said in advance testimony for her scheduled Thursday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee that another contractor was responsible for the technology that allowed users to create new accounts and which caused the initial bottleneck issues on the site

New trial for Kennedy cousin in 1975 killing

A Connecticut judge Wednesday ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, a Kennedy family member imprisoned since 2002 for killing a neighbor when they were teenagers in the 1970s. In setting aside the conviction, Judge Thomas Bishop called Skakel's original defense attorney "ineffective" in "a myriad of ways." The 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, was sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering Martha Moxley with a gold club in 1975 when they were 15 years old and living in Greenwich, Conn.

New evidence suggests baby born with HIV may be cured

Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus — a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.

Why are jerky treats killing pets? FDA asks for help

The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners and veterinarians to help solve a mystery: Why have jerky treats coming mostly from China sickened more than 3,600 dogs and cats and killed at least 580 of them since 2007? The FDA now needs details on more cases and more blood, tissue and urine samples from affected pets, according to an update posted Tuesday.


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