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Ex-Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards hospitalized with pneumonia
25 Nov 2015 at 10:05pm
Edwards, 88, who celebrated the birth of his fifth child in August 2013 with his third spouse, Trina Edwards, then 34, developed a cough while they were out of town visiting friends, she said in the posting quoted by news media in Louisiana. The colorful and roguishly charming Democrat served in the state legislature and U.S. House of Representatives early in his political career before going on to run for Louisiana governor, taking office in 1972 for the first of four terms. Edwards was convicted in May 2000 of extortion in the awarding of state casino licenses, ending a lengthy pursuit by prosecutors that according to his own count had made him the subject of 22 public corruption investigations over the years.
Mud from Brazil dam burst is toxic, U.N. says
25 Nov 2015 at 9:58pm
Mud from a dam that burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil earlier this month, killing 12 people and polluting an important river, is toxic, the United Nations' human rights agency said on Wednesday. The statement contradicts claims by Samarco, the mine operator at the site of the rupture, and Samarco's co-owner, BHP Billiton , that the water and mineral waste contained by the dam are not toxic. Citing "new evidence," the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement the residue "contained high levels of toxic heavy metals and other toxic chemicals".
GSK in China: escaping the shadow of a scandal
25 Nov 2015 at 8:35pm
By Adam Jourdan and Ben Hirschler SHANGHAI (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc has cut 40 percent of its sales reps in China and axed some units as it eyes a return to growth in 2016, after sales plunged during a bribery scandal that landed it with a record $490 million fine in 2014. The British firm is gambling on a new, cleaner image to reboot its performance and reputation with doctors and consumers, China head Herve Gisserot told Reuters during a wide-ranging interview at the group's Shanghai headquarters. It is the first time Gisserot has spoken at length about the firm's progress since the high-profile scandal, which saw his predecessor Mark Reilly charged with bribery and eventually deported to Britain.
BHP Billiton says Brazil dam burst mud tailings chemically stable
25 Nov 2015 at 8:27pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - BHP Billiton said on Thursday that tailings in mud from a dam that burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil and polluted a major river were chemically stable and would not change their composition in water. The comments from BHP, which co-owns the mine's operator Samarco, came after the United Nations said mud from the dam burst was toxic. (Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
U.S. lawsuit raises new questions about Redstone's ability to run media compa...
25 Nov 2015 at 6:12pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. lawsuit raises new questions about the competence of Sumner Redstone and his ability as executive chairman of Viacom Inc and CBS Corp to run the two media companies. In a probate lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Manuela Herzer, one of the billionaire media mogul's former girlfriends, described him as mentally vacant, "listless" and prone to uncontrollable crying spells. The lawsuit asks for the 92-year-old Redstone to be submitted to a brain scan and demands that he receive a mental examination to determine whether he could still make decisions for himself.
Witch burning rebels stoke Central African Republic violence
25 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm
By Tom Esslemont BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rebels in Central African Republic have kidnapped, burnt and buried alive "witches" in public ceremonies, exploiting widely held superstitions to control areas in the war-torn country, according to a leaked United Nations report. The report by U.N. human rights officers, seen exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, contains graphic photographs of victims tied to wooden stakes being lowered towards a fire as well as the charred torsos of those subjected to the ritual. Central African Republic was plunged into sectarian violence when Muslim rebels briefly seized power in the largely Christian country in March 2013, with escalating violence on both sides creating lawlessness nationwide outside the capital Bangui.
Number of African child brides to soar by 2050 as population grows: U.N.
25 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of child brides in Africa will more than double by 2050 if current trends persist because of rapid population growth and limited social change, the United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Africa will overtake South Asia as the region with the largest number of child brides, their number soaring to 310 million, more than 40 percent of the global total, in 2050, from 125 million, 25 percent of the total, today. "The sheer number of girls affected - and what this means in terms of lost childhoods and shattered futures - underline the urgency of banning the practice of child marriage once and for all," UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said in a statement at the start of a two-day African Union summit on ending child marriage.
'I didn't know there were risks': African child brides speak out
25 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of child brides in Africa will more than double by 2050 if current trends persist because of rapid population growth and limited social change, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Africa will overtake South Asia as the region with the largest number of child brides, their number soaring to 310 million, more than 40 percent of the global total, in 2050, from 125 million, 25 percent of the total, today. Several child brides from West and Central Africa shared their stories of marriage and motherhood.
Factbox: Child brides in Africa to more than double by 2050
25 Nov 2015 at 5:18pm
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of child brides in Africa will soar to 310 million by 2050 from 125 million now if current trends persist, due to slow rates of reduction combined with rapid population growth, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). This would see Africa surpass South Asia as the region with the most women aged 20 to 24 who were married as children. Here are some facts about child marriage in Africa and worldwide.
Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain
25 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.
U.S. court rejects Linden Care's request for temporary restraining order
25 Nov 2015 at 2:24pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. District Court on Wednesday denied specialty pharmacy Linden Care LLC's request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Express Scripts Holding Co for dropping it from its network earlier this month. Express Scripts, the largest manager of prescription drug plans in the United States, severed ties with Linden Care for dispensing drugs from Horizon Pharma Plc, which has come under fire for charging high prices. The pharmacy benefits manager also said that Linden Care did not fulfill key parts of its pharmacy network agreements.
Former NFL Player Frank Gifford Suffered From CTE, Says Family
25 Nov 2015 at 2:10pm
Doctors found signs of the progressive degenerative disorder after his death.
The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black...
25 Nov 2015 at 1:38pm
In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.Whether in his mainstream media work or as the creator of the early and ongoing...
Second language linked to better brain function after stroke
25 Nov 2015 at 1:35pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who speak two languages are twice as likely as those who only speak one to regain normal cognitive function after a stroke, according to a new study. In recent years it has become clear that life experiences modify the way disease expresses itself in the brain, said lead author Dr. Suvarna Alladi, a neurology professor at Nizam?s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India. ?One study in Toronto demonstrated that people who could speak two languages had later onset dementia,? Alladi told Reuters Health.
Wheelchair users more likely to die in car crashes
25 Nov 2015 at 1:29pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Wheelchair users may be more likely to die in collisions with cars than other pedestrians, an analysis of U.S. crash data suggests. Pedestrians in wheelchairs were 36 percent more likely to die in these crashes than other people, the examination of accident records found. Men?s risk was more than five times higher than the fatality odds for female wheelchair users.