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Colorado movie massacre gunman booby-trapped home with bombs, trial hears
5 May 2015 at 3:12pm
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes' apartment was rigged with improvised explosive devices, jars of napalm and fire-accelerating chemical powder sprinkled on the floor, an FBI expert told jurors at his trial on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, planned to divert emergency crews by destroying his home in the Denver suburb of Aurora while he opened fire on a packed midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 rampage. FBI bomb technician Special Agent Garrett Gumbinner, who interviewed the defendant soon after his arrest, showed the jury photos from Holmes' apartment near the theater, some taken with a remote-controlled bomb robot.
Senate passes Republican budget plan, eyes 'Obamacare' repeal
5 May 2015 at 3:11pm
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spending cuts to eliminate deficits by 2024 and aids the party's goal of trying to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The first combined House-Senate budget in six years passed 51-48 with all Senate Democrats and two Republicans voting against it.
The Pope, the Planet and Public Health
5 May 2015 at 2:56pm
As far as I can tell, there seem to be two basic religious attitudes toward the planet. One may be summed up along the lines of: It was made for us, and we can do whatever we want with it (or to it). The other is: It was made for us, it is precious beyond measure, and our appreciation for the gift is reflected in how we care for it.Perhaps...
Brazilian Bodybuilder Claims Synthetic Material Brought Huge Muscles, but Als...
5 May 2015 at 2:55pm
Synthetic material has been used by bodybuilders to artificially inflate muscles.
Is Stress Making You Sick?
5 May 2015 at 2:43pm
By Timothy Erick, Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Brown University This post was originally published on Footnote, a website that brings academic research and ideas to a broader audience.I never believed the common misconception that going out in the cold without a coat would result in catching a cold. After all,...
UCLA Players Wear Sensor-Laden Helmets to Study Concussions
5 May 2015 at 2:41pm
27 UCLA football players started wearing special helmets for spring training.
WHO projections warn of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe
5 May 2015 at 2:38pm
Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit. The figures, which predict 89 percent of Irish men and 77 percent of Greek men will be overweight by 2030, present "a worrying picture of rising obesity across Europe", researchers said, with very few countries showing decreasing trends. "Although there is no silver bullet for tackling the epidemic, governments must do more to restrict unhealthy food marketing and make healthy food more affordable," said Dr Laura Webber of the UK Health Forum, which worked with the WHO and the European Commission to produce the new projections. She also said insufficient data from some countries in the WHO's European region - which comprises 53 nations - made surveillance of obesity more difficult, hampering efforts to make accurate predictions.
Healthy relationships may prevent depression in child abuse survivors
5 May 2015 at 2:35pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Child abuse survivors who find stable romantic relationships as adults may also find that these relationships help protect against depression, a study suggests. Researchers followed a group of 485 young adults in Rochester, New York, for 12 years to see how exposure to neglect or maltreatment during childhood would influence their ability to have satisfying relationships with intimate partners and their susceptibility to depression. "In our sample, we do not find evidence that maltreatment reduces the likelihood that an individual will be in a stable, satisfying intimate partner relationship," lead study author Kimberly Henry, a researcher in psychology and public health at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said by email. Henry and colleagues used records from Child Protective Services to identify 99 participants who had been abused before the age of 18 and compared their experiences to a group of 386 people who weren't maltreated.
What to Expect After Surgery: 11 Things the Doctor Doesn't Tell You
5 May 2015 at 2:31pm
After dealing with doctors on behalf of my mother who was chronically ill and disabled for 10 years, one would assume I asked my own doctor all the right questions before having surgery on a deteriorating thumb joint. In the spirit of staying positive, however, I guess I decided to avoid the details. As such, I was totally unprepared for the...
'Walking Dead' actor Gilliam arrested for drunken driving in Georgia
5 May 2015 at 2:26pm
(Reuters) - Actor Seth Gilliam, who plays a priest on the hit TV zombie series "The Walking Dead," is facing charges in Georgia of drunken driving, speeding and drug possession after he was caught driving 107 miles per hour (172 kph) on a highway not far from where the show is filmed. The actor, who plays Father Gabriel Stokes on the popular AMC show, was pulled over early on Sunday morning in Peachtree City, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Atlanta, where police said they smelled alcohol on his breath and found a marijuana cigarette in his car. He was arrested on charges of drunken driving and misdemeanor marijuana possession, along with speeding and reckless driving, according to a Peachtree City police report. Prior to his role on "The Walking Dead," which is filmed in the Atlanta area, Gilliam played Lieutenant Ellis Carver, a police officer, in the Baltimore-based HBO series "The Wire." The actor's publicist could not immediately be reached for comment.
EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides
5 May 2015 at 2:24pm
By Carey Gillam WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world's most widely used herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later than July, the regulator's chief pesticide regulator told Reuters. The EPA review of the health and environmental impacts of glyphosate comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of the chemical, and after the World Health Organization's cancer research unit declared in March that glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans." Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, told Reuters in an interview that the EPA's review of the health and environmental impacts of glyphosate was concluded months ago, but its report was delayed to allow the agency to learn more about the WHO findings.
Chlamydia Outbreak Hits Texas High School With No Sex Ed
5 May 2015 at 2:15pm
A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. Several students in one Crane, Texas, school district contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, according to a letter obtained by ABC News that went home to parents Monday. Crane County has had three reported chlamydia cases in the last two weeks, but health workers have seven days to report them to the state, according to the Texas State Department of Health. Most people with chlamydia have no symptoms, but some men and women can develop discharge, burning and tenderness, according to the NIH.
Lead poisoning lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution
5 May 2015 at 2:12pm
By Alexandra Harney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A lawsuit filed by residents of a Chinese town against a chemical plant that they say is responsible for high levels of lead in the blood of local children is shaping up as a test of the central government's resolve to tackle pollution. Of the more than 50 residents from in and around the rural town of Dapu in central Hunan province who originally agreed to join the lawsuit, only 11 remain, their lawyer, Dai Renhui, told Reuters. Hu Shaobo, another lawyer advising on the case, said some plaintiffs had withdrawn under pressure from local government officials. China has declared "war on pollution" in the wake of mounting discontent over a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of the country's water, skies and soil.
At least 265 dead in Niger meningitis epidemic
5 May 2015 at 2:08pm
At least 265 people have died so far this year in a meningitis epidemic in Niger amid a shortage of vaccines needed to prevent the disease's spread, the West African nation's health minister said on Tuesday. Some 3,856 cases of meningitis were recorded between Jan. 1 and May 4, with five of the country's eight regions, including the capital Niamey, particularly hard hit, Mano Aghali said in an address broadcast on state-owned television. "Niger is facing a shortage of vaccines on the international market," Aghali said. "We only have 50 percent of what's needed to cover our vaccination targets." In 2010-2011, the uranium and oil-producer, one of the world's poorest nations, successfully carried out a campaign to eliminate the "A" strain of meningitis.
Texas Senate passes measure to cut insurance payments for abortions
5 May 2015 at 2:07pm
DALLAS (Reuters) - Health insurers would be prevented from covering the cost of abortions except in medical emergencies under a bill approved on Tuesday by the Republican-dominated Texas Senate. Private health insurance plans and those offered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace could still provide coverage for abortions in cases where the woman's life is at risk. Republican backers of Senate Bill 575 said its purpose is to prevent consumers morally opposed to abortion from paying for the procedure. ...