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Myanmar authorities investigate report of plane crash: official
28 Oct 2016 at 12:10am
YANGON (Reuters) - A senior official from Myanmar's Civil Aviation Department said "an unidentified aircraft" has crashed into the sea off the west coast on Friday and authorities were trying to locate it. "The only thing I can tell you for sure at the moment is that it is not an aircraft from our domestic airlines, so far as we've checked," senior department official Tin Maung Ni told Reuters. "None of ours have been reported any problems. We're still trying to find out more about the crashed aircraft.? (Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Australian theme park where four people died to stay closed: CEO
28 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Australia's Ardent Leisure Group said on Friday its Dreamworld theme park will remain closed following the death of four people on a water ride, scrapping its initial plan to reopen this week. Two men and two women were killed on Tuesday after getting trapped under an upturned raft on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld, near the tourist-magnet Gold Coast district in northeastern Queensland. Dreamworld had planned to reopen on Friday, but abandoned the plan after a public backlash.
Rebel shelling kills children at school in west Aleppo: government, monitor
27 Oct 2016 at 11:46pm
Shelling by Syrian rebels killed several children at a school in government-held western Aleppo on Thursday, state media and a monitoring group said, just a day after air strikes on a school in a rebel-held village in Idlib, 50km (32 miles) away. The shells hit two neighborhoods, Syrian state news agency SANA reported: the national school in the Shahaba area, killing three children and wounding more than a dozen others, and the other attack killed three people in Hamdaniya. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the five-year-old war, said six children under the age of 16 had been killed in the two attacks, including a baby.
Exclusive: EpiPen price hikes add millions to Pentagon costs
27 Oct 2016 at 10:27pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV's price hikes on EpiPens have added millions to U.S. Department of Defense spending since 2008 as the agency covered more prescriptions for the lifesaving allergy shot at near retail prices, government data provided to Reuters shows. Pentagon spending rose to $57 million over the past year from $9 million in 2008 - an increase driven both by volume and by price hikes that had a bigger bite on prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies, according to the previously unreported data. The Pentagon gets a government discount on EpiPens dispensed at military treatment facilities and by mail order.
Mylan EpiPen: One piece of a complicated U.S. pricing system
27 Oct 2016 at 10:27pm
A Reuters review of government data found that Mylan's price hikes on the lifesaving allergy shot have increased spending for the U.S. Defense Department, based on its arrangements for covering drug costs. Among those without insurance, some pay full retail price, while others get coupons from drugmakers that reduce it. Government plans, such as the Medicare program for seniors and Medicaid for the poor, have their own rules.
German hospital uses therapy to 'treat' paedophiles
27 Oct 2016 at 10:26pm
"Help is available," adds the advertisement broadcast on German television and over the internet, urging people who feel sexually attracted to children to join a unique therapy programme called "Don't offend" (Kein Taeter werden). Launched some 11 years ago, the largely publicly funded project by Berlin's top university hospital Charite calls on paedophiles to undertake a treatment that helps them control their urges. More than 7,000 people have sought information on the programme which is offered in 11 centres across Germany.
After third-quarter revenue drop, Baidu warns China ad curbs to hit fourth-qu...
27 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
By Catherine Cadell and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc warned investors fourth-quarter revenue will slide, hitting shares, as a government crackdown on healthcare advertising that tipped the firm into its first-ever quarterly sales drop bites even harder. Baidu said revenue could slip as much as 4.6 percent in the October-December period, following the 0.7 percent third-quarter drop it reported on Thursday. Earlier this year it was at the center of a national media outcry when a student with a fatal cancer blamed Baidu ads for directing him to suspect, ultimately ineffectual treatment.
Myanmar detects first Zika infection
27 Oct 2016 at 8:58pm
Myanmar has detected its first Zika infection with state media reporting Friday that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus. The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries worldwide, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region. While the virus linked to birth defects has been present in Southeast Asia for years, there has been an uptick in the number of recorded cases in the region in recent months.
World Bank appoints first adviser to tackle LGBTI discrimination
27 Oct 2016 at 8:51pm
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank has appointed its first adviser tasked with promoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in its development work. The newly created senior position is part of the bank's efforts to solidify its commitment to researching and curbing discrimination against LGBTI persons across the 136 countries where it has offices, it said on Thursday. The initiative by the poverty-fighting institution comes at a time when discrimination against LGBTI people is facing increased scrutiny globally.
Health law consumers face least choice in program's history
27 Oct 2016 at 7:20pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.
GE in discussion with Baker Hughes on potential partnerships
27 Oct 2016 at 5:13pm
Baker Hughes shares, which had jumped nearly 14 percent in extended trading after the Wall Street Journal had reported that General Electric was in talks to buy the company, pared some gains and were up about 7 percent. The Journal had reported that GE has approached Baker Hughes about a takeover. Baker Hughes, which has a market capitalization of $23.1 billion, declined to comment.
GE explores acquisition of Baker Hughes: source
27 Oct 2016 at 4:23pm
It is not clear whether Baker Hughes will engage further in deal talks, the person told Reuters. Baker Hughes, which has a market capitalization of $23.1 billion, declined to comment. Baker Hughes shares were up 13.7 percent at $62 in after-hours trading.
Obama rallies Obamacare troops at 'critical time' for program
27 Oct 2016 at 3:04pm
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday urged more than 25,000 volunteers and advocates who dialed in to a White House conference call to pull out the stops to boost the number of people signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans. Obama warned it will be challenging to overcome the skepticism about the plans given an onslaught of headlines about surging premium prices, but he said the stakes are high. Americans who do not receive health insurance through their employer or through Medicare or Medicaid programs shop online for subsidized insurance plans starting Nov. 1 until the end of January.
Judge lets Flint residents' lawsuit against state move ahead
27 Oct 2016 at 3:02pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) ? A Michigan judge ruled in favor of Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state and state officials over the city's lead-contaminated water, rejecting a motion to dismiss the case entirely.
Screen time, phone use linked to less sleep for teens
27 Oct 2016 at 2:28pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Digital distractions, and a more classical one, talking on the phone, are linked to shorter sleeping time and greater daytime sleepiness for teens, Canadian researchers say. ?Today?s adolescents sleep much less than previous generations, their sleep quality is poorer, and they report more daytime sleepiness, all of which have health and social consequences,? said Jennifer O?Loughlin, an author of the paper in the journal Sleep Health and researcher at the University of Montreal. At the same time, electronic media are becoming a larger part of teen?s lives and are often used before bed, O?Loughlin told Reuters Health by email.