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Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy
29 Jul 2015 at 11:35pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.
Independent media battle on in Putin's Russia
29 Jul 2015 at 11:06pm
By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked. Such precautions do not seem out of place in a country where at least 17 journalists have been killed this decade, or for an editor whose radio station has been accused by President Vladimir Putin of "pouring diarrhea over me day and night". With state media waging a full-scale information war over the crisis in Ukraine, independent media such as Ekho Moskvy, where Venediktov is the veteran editor-in-chief, are battling to survive - and fear the noose around them is tightening.
Israel authorizes force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners
29 Jul 2015 at 10:42pm
Israel's parliament on Thursday passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, a move that has met vehement opposition from the country's medical association. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist coalition weathered a lengthy parliamentary debate and the law passed with 46 lawmakers in favor and 40 opposed in the 120-seat Knesset. Israel has long been concerned that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails could end in death and trigger waves of protests in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week
29 Jul 2015 at 9:09pm
Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day "to ensure that we are fully protected," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were being redirected to its Facebook pages for the time being, Laguens said.
Oregon governor OKs early sales of recreational-use marijuana
29 Jul 2015 at 6:58pm
The law, signed Monday by Democratic Governor Kate Brown, will effectively let adults visit existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries in the state to buy certain strains just to get stoned. In November, Oregon and Alaska sanctioned the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in state-regulated schemes that will usher in retail pot shops similar to those already operating in Washington state and Colorado.
Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
29 Jul 2015 at 5:57pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.
California sued for failing to protect mentally disabled defendants
29 Jul 2015 at 5:57pm
Families who say their mentally ill and developmentally disabled loved ones endured rape and other trauma while languishing in California jails sued the state on Wednesday, saying officials failed to move them to treatment centers as required by law. The lawsuit filed on behalf of four families by the American Civil Liberties Union details brutal experiences of defendants who were declared incompetent to stand trial yet kept incarcerated in county jails, sometimes for months. "The law is clear that when the state prosecutes a person who is unable to participate in the proceedings they have to suspend the proceedings and send that person for evaluation and treatment ? and they have to do that promptly," said Michael Risher, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Northern California.
First child double hand transplant announced in US
29 Jul 2015 at 5:55pm
An eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors, nurses and other staff from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology, to pull off the pioneering surgery.
Boeing may move work abroad with Ex-Im future uncertain: chairman
29 Jul 2015 at 5:11pm
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co Chairman Jim McNerney on Wednesday said the aircraft maker is actively looking at moving "key pieces" of its operations to other countries given uncertainty about the future of the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30. McNerney, who retired as the company's chief executive on July 1, said Boeing might consider sites in countries that offer export credits, but gave no details about which operations could be affected or when the company had launched its review. The International Association of Machinists District 751, which represents more than 30,000 Boeing workers, blasted McNerney's threat to move jobs overseas.
House approves three-month fix to keep highway funds flowing
29 Jul 2015 at 4:14pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vital federal dollars would keep flowing to U.S. road and highway projects for three more months under a bill approved on Wednesday by lawmakers, moving to avert a funding cutoff at the peak of the summer construction season. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 385-34 in favor of a $12-billion bill to extend highway and mass transit funding through Oct. 29. The House's short-term fix was expected to win prompt approval in the Senate, before lawmakers leave Capitol Hill for an extended vacation.
Colorado movie gunman's mother weeps, blames mental illness
29 Jul 2015 at 3:58pm
The mother of Colorado's movie rampage gunman wept on Wednesday as she said a university psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts before the massacre, and that she would have "crawled on all fours" to stop him had she known. Arlene Holmes said she was "totally shocked" when she learned her son James had killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a shooting rampage in a packed movie theater using a semiautomatic rifle, shotgun and pistol.
Leidos team wins $4.34 billion contract for U.S. military health records
29 Jul 2015 at 3:39pm
The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday awarded a team led by Leidos Holdings Inc a contract valued at up to $4.34 billion to build a new electronic health record system for 9.6 million current and retired military service members. The Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, included in the Pentagon's daily digest of major contract awards, runs for 10 years, including several options to extend the contract. The Pentagon's chief arms buyer, Frank Kendall, said the contract was worth under $9 billion over the next 18 years, about $2 billion less than initially expected.
Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute
29 Jul 2015 at 3:37pm
Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women's health. The Republican plan to take $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and give it to the likes of hospitals and community health centers was criticized by family planning experts who said it showed a lack of understanding of how women's health services work.
Express Scripts says costly new cholesterol drugs could 'wreak havoc'
29 Jul 2015 at 3:28pm
Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent, newly approved cholesterol drugs could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. U.S. regulators last Friday approved the first of the new medicines, Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA. Given every other week by injection, Regeneron said it will have a wholesale price of $1,120 for a 28-day supply. Standard older cholesterol fighters such as statins, including generic forms of Pfizer Inc's Lipitor and Merck & Co's Zocor, can cost less than $50 a month.
Toshiba scandal puts focus on Japan's cut-price company audits
29 Jul 2015 at 3:03pm
Toshiba Corp's years-long practice of inflating its profits has raised questions among accounting experts about whether low fees paid by Japan-listed companies to their auditors mean they do not spend enough time scrutinizing company accounts. Toshiba chief executive Hisao Tanaka and a string of other senior officials resigned last week after an independent inquiry found the company had padded its profits by $1.2 billion over several years, in one of Japan's biggest corporate scandals in years. The committee of external lawyers and accountants probing the computers-to-nuclear conglomerate found "most of the accounting treatment issues that were the scope of this investigation were not noted" by the auditor Ernst & Young (EY) ShinNihon.