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Pa. hospital systems

consider affiliation

Two hospital systems in Pennsylvania said Monday they are examining whether there are ways they can work together, a process that’s beginning with a letter of intent.

Geisinger Health System of Danville and Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill said in announcing the deal that the approval process was expected to take at least six months.

Geisinger has about 19,000 employees and serves 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Holy Spirit runs 315-bed Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. Its health system has more than 2,900 employees and some 500 physicians.


Fla. police called on

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman’s estranged wife called police officers to her father’s house in Florida Monday, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun.

Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, said Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.

Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested and officers were at the house trying to determine what happened, Bracknell said.

Shellie Zimmerman in a divorce petition filed last week she said she and her husband separated a month after Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last July in Sanford, just a few miles away Lake Mary.


Kurdish rebels halt

withdrawal from Turkey

Kurdish rebels announced Monday they are suspending their withdrawal from Turkey into bases in northern Iraq over what they say is the Turkish government’s failure to advance peace talks aimed at ending a nearly 30-year-old conflict.

The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, declared a cease-fire in March and began withdrawing fighters from Turkey in May as part of the peace efforts. Turkey in turn was expected to enact reforms to improve Kurdish rights.

But a statement from the PKK, carried by the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency, accused Turkey of failing to honor its side of the bargain and called on it to take steps toward “democratization and the resolution of the Kurdish problem.” The group said the cease-fire would stand.


Iran’s president urges

gov’t on Facebook

Iran’s curious world of online politics looked a bit more crowded Monday with members of President Hasan Rouhani’s Cabinet encouraged to open their own Facebook pages — in a country where authorities, at the same time, try to block the public from social media.

The government-as-Facebook Friends initiative, reported by the pro-reform Shargh daily, is seen as part of Rouhani’s efforts to give the presidency a makeover as more accountable and accessible after his combative predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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