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Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's piano up for auction
3 May 2016 at 9:50pm
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics, Lady Gaga's first piano and an angry note from Kurt Cobain discussing the possibility of disbanding Nirvana after an unflattering magazine article are among the top items being offered at an upcoming auction. Hundreds of items belonging to rock musicians, from guitars and drum kits to suits and fan correspondence, will be offered by Julien's Auctions for sale on May 21 in New York. Lennon's handwritten lyrics and notes for the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!," from the Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.
Amid scandal, China military hospital closes doors to new patients
3 May 2016 at 9:14pm
A Chinese military hospital, embroiled in a scandal over the death of a college student who had sought experimental cancer treatment at the facility, has temporarily closed its doors to new patients, state media reported on Wednesday. The Second Hospital of Beijing Armed Police Corps has stopped new admissions, the state-run People's Daily said in a post on its official microblog, a day after the health ministry launched an investigation into the hospital. The student, Wei Zexi, 21, died last month of a rare form of cancer.
California chef brings cannabis to fine dining
3 May 2016 at 8:40pm
Cannabis may join the herb and spice rack in California kitchens as the most populous U.S. state prepares for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in November. Chef Chris Sayegh is leading the way by taking haute cuisine to a higher place with his cannabis-infused menus in private homes for as much as $500 a head, or in "pop-up" banquets around Los Angeles for $20 to $200 a person. For now, diners must show their medical marijuana cards.
U.S. to end bid to close major California pot dispensary: lawyers
3 May 2016 at 8:22pm
Federal prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a four-year-old forfeiture case in northern California aimed at shutting down the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, attorneys for the clinic said on Tuesday. The deal was reached in talks between the U.S. Attorney's Office for the San Francisco Bay area and the Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, and it is expected to be filed in court in a matter of days, said Henry Wykowski, an attorney for Harborside.
Zika fears over baseball games in Puerto Rico
3 May 2016 at 8:01pm
The fate of two Major League Baseball games due to take place in Puerto Rico later this month hung in the balance amid fears over the Zika virus. The Major League Baseball Players Association said it was holding ongoing discussions with league chiefs over a pair of matches between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins in San Juan on May 30-31. The report said players from the Pirates and the Marlins had banded together to request the games be moved to Miami.
Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson
3 May 2016 at 6:52pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness ? among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet.
California senate approves bill ending mandatory prostitution sentences
3 May 2016 at 6:09pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would repeal mandatory jail time for convicted prostitutes under a bill approved by the state Senate amid growing concern that many are victims of human trafficking or addicts who need treatment. The measure by Senator William Monning, a Democrat, reflects a growing national conversation about whether people who exchange sex for money should be viewed as victims rather than as criminals, along with a movement in California to end mandatory sentencing for non-violent offenders. "As we learn more, particularly about women who engage in prostitution, we're learning more and more about human trafficking," Monning said.
Company recalls frozen vegetables linked to listeria
3 May 2016 at 6:02pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.
Musician Kidjo, African activists win human rights award
3 May 2016 at 5:39pm
Amnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist movements for their work standing up to injustice, the organization announced on Wednesday. Benin-born Kidjo and groups Y?en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown "exceptional courage," Amnesty said. "(They) have all proved themselves to be bold advocates for human rights, using their talents to inspire others," Salil Shetty, Amnesty?s secretary general, said in a statement.
Zika concerns could see MLB cancel Puerto Rico series
3 May 2016 at 4:54pm
(Reuters) - A pair of Major League Baseball games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month could be relocated due to growing concerns over the Zika virus in the area, the MLB Players Association said on Tuesday. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play two games in San Juan on May 30-31 but the series is in doubt with nearly 700 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika, a virus known to cause the birth defect microcephaly, first began spreading in Puerto Rico in December.
Baseball-Zika concerns could see MLB cancel Puerto Rico series
3 May 2016 at 4:47pm
A pair of Major League Baseball games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month could be relocated due to growing concerns over the Zika virus in the area, the MLB Players Association said on Tuesday. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play two games in San Juan on May 30-31 but the series is in doubt with nearly 700 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika, a virus known to cause the birth defect microcephaly, first began spreading in Puerto Rico in December.
Jury still out on celiac disease screening, U.S. doctors say
3 May 2016 at 4:12pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - There isn?t enough evidence yet to say whether widespread screening for celiac disease makes sense, according to draft guidelines proposed by U.S. physicians. The draft recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today conclude that more research is needed on the potential health benefits of screening people without symptoms, particularly for individuals at increased risk for celiac disease due to diabetes or a family history of celiac disease. ?In the face of unclear evidence, doctors should use their clinical judgment when deciding whom to screen,? said task force member Dr. Alex Krist, a researcher in family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Rebels launch assault in Syria's Aleppo, diplomats try to revive truce
3 May 2016 at 3:32pm
By Lisa Barrington and Denis Dyomkin BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unraveling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the conflict, said rebel rockets had killed 19 people in government-held territory, including an unspecified number at the al-Dabit hospital. Rebels had hit a government gun position with a guided missile.
Exclusive: Pfizer approaches Medivation about potential takeover - sources
3 May 2016 at 3:04pm
By Lauren Hirsch and Carl O'Donnell (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc has approached U.S. cancer drug maker Medivation Inc to express interest in an acquisition, raising the possibility of a bid rivaling a $9.3 billion offer by Sanofi SA , people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Pfizer's approach comes less than a week after Sanofi went public with its $52.50 per share cash offer, complaining that Medivation refused to engage. Medivation subsequently rejected the offer as too low.
Safe Space for Opioid Users Reveals Changing Views on Addiction
3 May 2016 at 3:02pm
More health officials are working on "middle ground" to save addicts.