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HIV linked to heart attacks

PEOPLE infected with HIV are almost 50pc more likely to have a heart attack than those who aren't infected with the virus, according to a study.

Researchers, whose report appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine, aren't sure what explains the higher heart attack rate in HIV-positive people, but they speculate it's a combination of the effects of HIV itself and the antiretroviral drugs used to treat it.

"It's a complicated picture," said Matthew Freiberg, who led the study at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.


Former inmate sneaks into jail

MOST people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneaking back in.

Matthew Matagrano (36) from Yonkers, was arraigned in Manhattan on Saturday on charges that he impersonated a Department of Correction investigator.

For at least a week, Matagrano used phony credentials to get into multiple city lockups, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center.


Organ 'taken from church'

THE mystery of a pipe organ that went missing from a US church has been solved.

The former organist confessed he removed the huge 200-pipe instrument for safe keeping from St Justin's in Pittsburgh, which closed last month after merging with another church.

The church's pastor, Father Michael Stumpf, said the church is not pressing charges.