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5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood
3 Aug 2015 at 12:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
Hard liquor: Officials seize Chinese spirits laced with Viagra
3 Aug 2015 at 12:21am
Chinese authorities have seized thousands of bottles of spirits laced with chemicals used to make erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, officials said. Two manufacturers in Liuzhou were found to be adding elements including sildenafil and tadalafil, the chemicals more commonly known by their brand names Viagra and Cialis, to their baijiu products, the local food and drug administration said in a statement. The makers called their products "Kungfu Alcohol" and "Life-nourishing Liquor", among other labels, authorities in the southern region of Guangxi said at the weekend, adding they had seized more than 5,300 bottles and nearly 1,200 kilograms of additive chemicals.
Olympics-Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil
2 Aug 2015 at 11:45pm
By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday. Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city later in the day to attend celebrations marking the one year countdown to the Games on Aug. 5 and said pollution would be discussed with Rio 2016 officials. Privately commissioned tests of the water quality where athletes will be competing revealed last week a high level of disease-causing viruses.
Western companies look hard at China as growth slows
2 Aug 2015 at 11:17pm
The Chinese slowdown is forcing many Western companies to take a hard look at their businesses there, leading many to reduce investments, costs and product lines and to tackle increasing bad debts. Double digit growth rates during the first decade of the millennium lured scores of Western companies to invest heavily in China. A recent equities market rout has dashed hopes China will, in the coming years, return to the robust growth it saw in the past.
Nine-year-old Kansas batboy dies after blow to head
2 Aug 2015 at 10:42pm
A 9-year-old batboy for a Kansas baseball team died on Sunday after being accidentally struck in the head by a player taking practice swings while waiting for his turn at the plate, the team said. Kaiser Carlisle was knocked unconscious by the blow to the back of his head from a batter warming up during a game on Saturday in Wichita, bringing play to a halt as emergency medical personnel rushed onto the field, the Liberal Bee Jays baseball team said. Kaiser was serving as a batboy for the team from Liberal, Kansas, competing in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which consists of teams from 15 amateur and semi-professional leagues in the United States and Canada.
Planned Parenthood fight hits U.S. Congress, wider impact unclear
2 Aug 2015 at 10:23pm
By Richard Cowan and Alex Wilts WASHINGTON, August 3 (Reuters) - Women's health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funding. The Senate plans to hold a procedural vote on Monday on a Republican proposal to cut off the funds.
Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes
2 Aug 2015 at 9:53pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.
New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing
2 Aug 2015 at 9:03pm
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market strategies. The growing reluctance of governments and private insurers to fund very expensive drugs - even remarkably effective ones - points to a showdown as manufacturers mix and match therapies that harness the immune system to fight tumors. Dozens of new cancer combinations will be launched over the next few years, with ones for lung cancer, melanoma and other solid tumors taking off strongly after 2018, drug company pipelines suggest.
Manhunt under way for killer of Memphis police officer
2 Aug 2015 at 6:32pm
A manhunt was under way on Sunday in Tennessee for a parolee suspected of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer who apparently interrupted a drug transaction when he stopped to investigate an illegally parked car, police said. The slain policeman, Sean Bolton, 33, was confronted by the gunman and shot multiple times during a brief scuffle after the officer pulled up to the parked car and shined his spotlight on the vehicle, Memphis police said in a statement. Investigators also recovered a handgun in a field near the shooting scene, the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper reported.
Nine-year-old Kansas batboy critically injured by blow to head
2 Aug 2015 at 4:48pm
A 9-year-old batboy for a Kansas baseball team was in critical condition on Sunday after being accidentally struck in the head by a player taking practice swings while waiting for his turn at the plate, a hospital official said. Kaiser Carlisle was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of his head from a batter warming up during a game on Saturday in Wichita, bringing play to a halt as emergency medical personnel rushed onto the field, according to local television station KAKE-TV. Kaiser was serving as a batboy for the Bee Jays, a team from Liberal, Kansas, competing in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which consists of teams from 15 amateur and semi-professional leagues in the United States and Canada.
Zambian villagers to take on mining firm Vedanta in UK court
2 Aug 2015 at 11:45am
British mining company faces legal action in London's High Court after a group of Zambian villagers said their water source and farmland was polluted by the firm's copper mining operations. Vedanta owns a 79.4 percent stake in Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines, which was also named by legal firm Leigh Day in a statement announcing the legal action. Leigh Day said they had initiated proceedings at the court on Friday on behalf of 1,800 clients from four farming communities in Zambia's copperbelt region.
Egypt postpones Al Jazeera retrial verdict to Aug. 29
2 Aug 2015 at 11:25am
An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed delivering its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera TV journalists, a decision a defense lawyer said was to avoid bad publicity during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries. The journalists deny the charges and Egypt's high court ordered a retrial in January. Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after more than a year in custody.
Merkel's German conservatives set sights on absolute majority
2 Aug 2015 at 9:55am
By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure from conservative allies on Sunday to run for a fourth term in 2017 after an opinion poll showed they could win an absolute majority if an election were held next week. Horst Seehofer, head of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), quickly took up the idea of the conservatives winning an absolute majority in 2017. "I believe that is possible with a Chancellor Angela Merkel," he told ARD television.
8 Ways To Vacation Right And Recharge Your Health
2 Aug 2015 at 6:46am
By 6 a.m., Sam Clarke is usually already on a call with an Asian tech company halfway around the world. By the afternoon, she switches to calls in the U.S. And until she goes to bed, she keeps an eye on her email. On a bad week, Clarke, a sales manager for a software startup in San Francisco, clocks in about 55 hours. In the tech industry,...
Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak
2 Aug 2015 at 5:13am
Since Indiana opened its first state-run needle exchange last spring, Tara Burton, 25, has made weekly visits to turn over needles she used to shoot Opana, a prescription painkiller, up her track-marked arm. The one-story clinic in rural Scott County, Indiana, marks a sea change in states where conservative lawmakers had staunchly opposed old needles-for-new exchanges. An HIV epidemic in Indiana and a rise in Hepatitis C cases in Kentucky helped push those states to pass laws allowing communities to open needle exchanges.