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Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30
30 Jul 2015 at 5:59am
By Gopal Sharma LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said. Heavy monsoon rains have also caused flooding and fatalities across northern India in recent days.
Clarkson and 'Top Gear' presenters sign with Amazon for new car show
30 Jul 2015 at 4:57am
Sacked BBC "Top Gear," host Jeremy Clarkson has signed a deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show alongside his former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson was fired from the BBC for physically attacking a member of Top Gear's production staff in March. Amazon said the new show, to be overseen by the trio?s long time executive producer Andy Wilman, will be available on its subscription streaming service Amazon Prime next year and run for three seasons. Clarkson, 55, was replaced as lead presenter of the globally popular Top Gear show - aired in more than 200 countries and watched by 350 million viewers worldwide - by television presenter and DJ Chris Evans.
NYC health department investigates Legionnaire's outbreak
30 Jul 2015 at 4:51am
NEW YORK (AP) ? The New York City Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the South Bronx.
Penn West Petroleum cuts 2015 budget for the second time
30 Jul 2015 at 4:38am
(Reuters) - Canadian oil producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd cut its 2015 capital budget for the second time as it looks to contain costs amid a steep fall in crude oil prices. The company also reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by a 21 percent fall in total expenses. Penn West cut its capital budget to C$575 million ($443 million) from C$625 million on Thursday, after lowering its price assumption for Canadian crude oil to C$60 from C$65.
Graphic of Coke?s harmful health effects goes viral
30 Jul 2015 at 4:21am
Nearly two months after a pharmacist created a graphic timeline portraying the process of drinking Coke and the resulting ill effects on the body within one hour, the graphic has gone viral.
The Biggest Health Fear Women Have In Their 50s
30 Jul 2015 at 4:00am
Health complaints change over the decades. What worries us at 25 is very different than our concerns at 40. We asked the HuffPost Lifestyle Facebook community to tell us what they worried about most and then conferred with experts. Here's what we learned. (Find all ages here.)We asked: What is your biggest health worry?You...
Health insurer Cigna's profit rises as it adds more members
30 Jul 2015 at 3:25am
(Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion this month, reported a 2.6 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members in its commercial and government businesses.
Climate pressures lead to rise in 'new-age orphans' in India's delta
30 Jul 2015 at 3:23am
By Aditya Ghosh SANDESHKHALI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eleven-year old Srijita Bhangi sits in the waiting room of the jetty boat that connects her island home in Khulna to the mainland Sundarbans, near India's border with Bangladesh.
Water parks and piano class: Colorado movie gunman's childhood
30 Jul 2015 at 3:15am
Defense lawyers trying to save the life of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes have called witness after witness to take the stand just feet from where he sits, tethered to the floor, expressionless. At the beginning of his trial in late April, defense lawyers said they would show how Holmes was a normal, happy, social child who could have belonged to any of the jurors, before he was struck by severe mental illness.
Israel authorizes force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners
30 Jul 2015 at 2:44am
Israel's parliament authorized on Thursday the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, a move that has met vehement opposition from the country's medical association and rights groups. The legislation promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist coalition reflected Israel's concern that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails could end in death and trigger waves of protests in the occupied West Bank.
Chinese potatoes to chip in as water shortages hit staple crops
30 Jul 2015 at 1:41am
By Niu Shuping and David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - Once seen as food for the poor, the humble potato is being pushed in China as a tasty, nutritious part of any meal as the world's most populous country struggles with water shortages and looks for alternatives to the traditional rice and noodles. China already produces 95 million tonnes of potatoes a year, a quarter of the global total, and is aiming to raise that to 130 million tonnes by 2020, government officials said at the World Potato Congress on the outskirts of Beijing this week. "In China, the potato industry is no longer an industry for underdeveloped areas or the poor, but highlights the country's modern agricultural drive and enriches people's dining tables," Agriculture Minister Han Changfu told the conference.
APNewsBreak: Gov't finds health law co-ops awash in red ink
30 Jul 2015 at 12:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law's public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found.
Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy
29 Jul 2015 at 11:35pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.
Independent media battle on in Putin's Russia
29 Jul 2015 at 11:06pm
By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked. Such precautions do not seem out of place in a country where at least 17 journalists have been killed this decade, or for an editor whose radio station has been accused by President Vladimir Putin of "pouring diarrhea over me day and night". With state media waging a full-scale information war over the crisis in Ukraine, independent media such as Ekho Moskvy, where Venediktov is the veteran editor-in-chief, are battling to survive - and fear the noose around them is tightening.
Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week
29 Jul 2015 at 9:09pm
Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day "to ensure that we are fully protected," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were being redirected to its Facebook pages for the time being, Laguens said.