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Posted June 3, 2018 9:37 p.m. EDT

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo

Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it, according to a new study. The study found that gene tests on tumor samples were able to identify women who could safely skip chemotherapy and take only a drug that blocks the hormone estrogen or stops the body from making it. The findings apply to about 60,000 women a year in the United States, the leader of the study said. But the data indicated that some women 50 and younger might benefit from chemo even if gene-test results suggested otherwise.

When Guns Are Sold Illegally, ATF Is Lenient on Punishment

As they inspect the nation’s gun stores, federal investigators regularly find violations of the law, ranging from minor record-keeping errors to illegal sales of firearms. In the most serious cases, inspectors often recommend that gun dealers lose their licenses. But that rarely happens. Senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regularly overrule their own inspectors, allowing gun dealers who fail inspections to keep their licenses. Of about 11,000 inspections of licensed firearm dealers in the year starting in October 2016, more than half were cited for violations. Less than 1 percent of all inspections resulted in the loss of a license.

Fewer Immigrants Are Reporting Domestic Abuse. Police Blame Fear of Deportation.

Although Houston’s immigrant population is one of the fastest-growing in the country, the city last year saw a 16 percent drop in domestic violence reports from the Hispanic community — a decline police blame on a tough new immigration enforcement law in Texas and the increasingly hostile political climate across the country surrounding the issue of illegal immigration. The Houston police recorded 6,273 domestic violence reports from Hispanics in 2016, compared with 7,460 in the previous year. Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego also experienced a decline in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in their Hispanic communities.

Two Elite Climbers Fall to Their Deaths Scaling El Capitan in Yosemite

Two elite climbers fell to their deaths Saturday while ascending El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California. Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colorado, and Tim Klein, 42, of Palmdale, California, were scaling the Free Blast route on El Capitan when they fell at about 8:15 a.m., officials said. The climbers were tethered together, said Stefan Griebel, a climber who has ascended El Capitan with Klein and Wells in the past. Park rangers received several 911 calls and rescuers responded but the climbers did not survive the fall, the statement said. El Capitan looms more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley.

Search Suspended in Plane Crash

The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday that it had suspended its search for the remaining two people missing in the crash of a small plane off Long Island in New York that was carrying a prominent builder, Ben Krupinski; his wife, Bonnie; their grandson; and a pilot. Police identified the grandson as William Maerov, 22, of East Hampton, and the pilot as Jon Dollard, 47, of Hampton Bays. The bodies of two of the passengers were recovered Saturday. The Town of East Hampton Police Department said Saturday that the airplane, a Piper PA31 Navajo, had been expected to land at the East Hampton Airport.