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Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die
11 Mar 2014 at 7:15pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
11 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.
Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
11 Mar 2014 at 12:51am
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
AstraZeneca sells British R&D site, to take 165.50 million pounds charge
12 Mar 2014 at 3:12am
AstraZeneca has agreed to sell its Alderley Park research site in northern England to a public-private partnership group as it moves drug discovery to a new global centre in Cambridge. The decision to close Alderley Park was a major blow for the northwest of the country, but the latest transaction has a silver lining as new owner Manchester Science Parks plans to keep the 400-acre site as a biotechnology campus. The site lies with within the Cheshire parliamentary constituency of British Finance Minister George Osborne, who said on Wednesday he was delighted it would continue to play a role as a centre for the life sciences industry. The sale follows a decision last March by AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot to move drug research and development to a new site in university city Cambridge in eastern England - a world-class centre for life sciences.
Nine arrested over stabbing of Hong Kong newspaper editor
12 Mar 2014 at 3:04am
By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong and China have arrested nine men with suspected links to organized crime for the stabbing of a prominent Hong Kong journalist, the territory's chief of police said on Wednesday, an attack that was seen by many as an assault on press freedom. Thousands of protesters dressed in black and wearing blue ribbons, symbolizing press freedom, marched in condemnation of the attack this month. Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a freewheeling capitalist hub which enjoys a high degree of autonomy and freedom, but Beijing's Communist Party leaders have resisted public pressure for full democracy. Two men had been arrested in China, and seven in Hong Kong in connection with the attack on Kevin Lau, a former editor of the respected Ming Pao newspaper, who was seriously wounded.
Geron says FDA halts testing of lead drug
12 Mar 2014 at 2:56am
(Reuters) - Geron Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had ordered to halt the trials of its cancer drug imetelstat due to concerns of liver damage. The company said the FDA verbally notified them about the hold, which will affect all trials of the treatment, including its thrombocythemia and multiple myeloma mid-stage studies. The experimental blood cancer drug was touted as a saviour for the company in November, after a number of trial patients were cured. Geron's shares closed at $4.40 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday. ...
Ackman accuses Herbalife of breaking laws in China
12 Mar 2014 at 2:41am
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager William Ackman renewed his attack on Herbalife on Tuesday and said he has evidence the U.S.-based nutrition and weight loss company is breaking direct-selling laws in China, its fastest growing market. Ackman, who has placed a $1 billion short bet against Herbalife, said the company was making recruits pay an entry fee and letting distributors recruit new members, activities he said were illegal in China. Herbalife said it follows local laws. Chinese regulators have yet to comment on the matter but direct sales models have recently come under fire in China, where authorities launched a probe in January into Herbalife's rival NU Skin Enterprises Inc after state media reported that it brainwashed its members.
"Small, encouraging signs" in Schumacher condition - agent
12 Mar 2014 at 1:32am
There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher's condition but the most successful former Formula One champion of all time faces a long fight to recover after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident, his agent said on Wednesday. "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up," his agent and spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, said in a written statement. Schumacher, 45, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.
Motor racing-"Small, encouraging signs" in Schumacher condition - agent
12 Mar 2014 at 1:20am
(adds details from statement, background) PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher's condition but the most successful former Formula One champion of all time faces a long fight to recover after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident, his agent said on Wednesday. "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up," his agent and spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, said in a written statement. Schumacher, 45, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Dec. 29.
Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election
11 Mar 2014 at 8:01pm
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Jolly, 41, defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state chief financial officer, by 3,500 votes or a 1.87 percent margin - 48.43 percent to 46.56 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 4.83 percent of the votes. Republicans were quick to declare the result a repudiation of President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare.
Louisiana man fined $600 after drunken fight with wife aboard flight
11 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm
A judge in the Cayman Islands fined a Louisiana man $600 on Tuesday for forcing a Delta Air Lines flight to make an emergency landing after he got into a drunken argument with his wife aboard the plane on their anniversary. Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from a Delta Air Lines plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday night. On Tuesday, Foret, who had been held in police custody, appeared before a Cayman Islands judge, his lawyer, Ben Tonner, said. Foret was fined for disruptive behavior aboard a commercial flight, he said.
Obamacare enrollment in private coverage rises to 4.2 million people
11 Mar 2014 at 3:39pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, and indicated that total enrollment could surpass a 6 million-enrollee forecast by the end of March. New enrollment data for a five-month period from October 1 through March 1 came out as the administration threw its public relations campaign into overdrive, with President Barack Obama appearing for an interview on the comedy website, "Funny or Die," in a direct appeal to the site's audience of young adults. ...
Insurers wary of Obamacare unknowns as they plan for 2015
11 Mar 2014 at 2:40pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to before the deadlines for submitting those plans to regulators. Some insurers already expect to lose money this year following the rocky launch of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans with the help of government subsidies. ...
When Zach met Barack: pitching Obamacare online
11 Mar 2014 at 2:23pm
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to an edgy comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program. Obama sat for an interview on "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," on the Funny or Die website. The actor, who starred in "The Hangover" films, is known for his cringe-inducing banter on the program. ...
Watch: Alleged Child Sex Assault Victim to Testify in Michigan
11 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
Social worker explains why testifying in court could compound the 6-year-old's trauma.