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Daily Digest: Jail for mobs, reunion for kidnapped child, rehab for Giffords

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested more than 100 people affiliated with the mob in a “blanket assault” early today, the New York Times reported. The arrestees, from crime families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, face charges of murder, extortion and gambling, to name a few. A number of federal and state agencies — NYPD, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Waterfront Commission of New York, among others — joined the FBI in investigating the suspected mobsters and making the arrests, which were already complete by 8 a.m. eastern time.

A happier family story in New York is that of Carlina White, who was united with her mother Joy earlier this month after being taken from a New York City hospital as a 19-day-old baby, the Associated Press reported today. Now living as Nejdra Nance in Atlanta, the woman saw baby pictures on a missing persons website that looked “nearly identical” to her own, and sent the pictures to her maternal mother. Because of the young age when she was abducted, Carlina/Nejdra could not recall whether she stayed with the same or multiple families since her kidnapping. Investigators knew the suspect was a woman that posed as a nurse at the hospital, but the case went cold quickly. “What’s important now is our baby girl is home,” Joy, the mother, said. “She’s home.”

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of the Tucson Safeway shooting, is now able to stand and is expected to fly to Houston for rehab Friday, the Arizona Star reported today. Giffords’ family researched hospitals around the country before settling on TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Texas. Now that Giffords is “medically stable,” said Dr. Steve Williams of Boston Medical Center, “there’s no reason to keep her” in a hospital, where she could be prone to infections and other extended-stay hospital risks.

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