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  • U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. But four U.S. civilians have been started on preventive measures called post-exposure prophylaxis, which usually includes the anthrax vaccine, antibiotics or both. The four face “minimal” risk, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has begun an investigation of the incident. The four were “doing procedures that sent the agent into the air,” he said. When anthrax becomes airborne, it can cause a deadly illness called inhalation anthrax. That occurred in 2001, when anthrax sent through the U.S. mail to government and media targets killed five people. The anthrax, which was initially sent from …

    May 27, 2015 7:49 pm


  • Republican Rick Santorum to enter 2016 White House race: ABC News

    WASHINGTON Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a Christian conservative, will announce on Wednesday that he will make another run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 after a failed attempt in 2012, according to ABC News. Santorum, a senator from 1995 to 2007, will make the announcement near his childhood home in Cabot, Pennsylvania, later in the day. ABC News said it had scheduled an interview with the candidate. A representative for Santorum was not immediately available to comment on the report. In the 2012 Republican race, Santorum won Iowa’s kickoff contest and a string of later primaries with strong support from voters drawn to his social and religious conservatism and wary of the more business-oriented Mitt Romney. Santorum outlasted other White House hopefuls to become the last remaining challenger to Romney, who ultimately captured the 2012 Republican nomination. Santorum, whose support has languished in the low single digits in most polls ahead …

    May 27, 2015 5:08 pm


  • Charter to play ball with LA by airing Dodger games

    Dodgers game may have a wide TV audience again with Charter deal. When cable companies merge, people at home wonder “how’s it going to affect me?” and the answers aren’t always obvious. But in the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, there’s one benefit that will be apparent almost immediately: Charter customers in southern California will suddenly be able to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers again. Most Dodgers games are currently only available on SportsNet LA, a local sports channel set up at great cost by Time Warner Cable. Other cable providers in the region, like Charter, have been unwilling to pay the high fees that Time Warner Cable is trying to charge for access to the channel. (Just how high? More than $4 per month per subscriber, partly because it cost Time Warner Cable more than $8 billion to obtain the rights to Dodgers games for the next 25 years.) Now that Charter and Time Warner …

    May 27, 2015 8:09 pm


  • Europeans lead outcry over latest FIFA scandal

    Leading figures from across European soccer voiced dismay on Wednesday over the latest scandal to engulf FIFA, the game’s powerful governing body, with many of them calling for its presidential election set for Friday to be postponed. The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced inquiries into FIFA’s activities. Seven of the most powerful figures in the game face extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested in Switzerland. Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German football federation (DFB), told reporters: “It is shocking and damaging for the (whole of) football what is going on in Zurich. It would be shocking if these serious allegations against FIFA members are correct.” Niersbach is set to become a representative of UEFA on the FIFA Executive Committee on Friday. His compatriot Reinhard Rauball, president of the German football league (DFL), said in a statement that Friday’s election, which had …

    May 27, 2015 7:49 pm

World News

  • Kenya payout over birth control

    The woman was awarded $200 a month until the child turns 18 years old A court in Kenya has ordered a hospital to pay $48,000 (£31,000) to a woman who became pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant procedure. The woman said that she had the implant because she and her husband already had two children and did not want more, and was told that it would prevent her getting pregnant for three years. The judge said the private hospital in Nairobi had been negligent. The Aga Khan University Hospital has not made any comment. Despite being served the court papers, no representative from the hospital appeared in court, the judge said. The woman told the court that she became pregnant a year after the procedure. She said the unplanned pregnancy caused her emotional pain, financial strain and marital problems, partly because her husband thought she had lied about seeking contraception. Contraceptive implants are inserted into …

    May 27, 2015 7:49 pm


  • Oculus CEO hints at cost of Rift headset: $1,500 with PC

    Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe talks virtual reality at Code Conference. Asa Mathat/Recode No one knows what Oculus VR’s consumer headset will cost when it goes on sale early next year. But on Wednesday we heard a few clues. Consumers will spend around $1,500 — when coupled with a PC costing less than $1,000, that is — for the Rift headset, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said Wednesday at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The Rift headset, available today as a developer version for around $350, uses a screen pressed against your eyes to simulate 360-degree environments. It’s a clever bit of verbal acrobatics, because Iribe implies the Rift could cost anywhere from $500 to as much as $800. Iribe notes that’s because of the cost of upgrading a computer’s graphics card so it can handle intensive 3D images. A new, capable graphics chip can cost a few hundred dollars. “Over time, we’d …

    May 27, 2015 8:29 pm


  • Severe ozone depletion avoided

    Related images(click to enlarge) We are already reaping the rewards of the Montreal Protocol, with the ozone layer in much better shape than it would have been without the UN treaty, according to a new study in Nature Communications. Study lead author Professor Martyn Chipperfield, from the School of Earth Environment at the University of Leeds, said: “Our research confirms the importance of the Montreal Protocol and shows that we have already had real benefits. We knew that it would save us from large ozone loss ‘in the future’, but in fact we are already past the point when things would have become noticeably worse.” Although the Montreal Protocol came into force in 1987 and restricted the use of ozone-depleting substances, atmospheric concentrations of these harmful substances continued to rise as they can survive in the atmosphere for many years. Concentrations peaked in 1993 and have subsequently declined. In the new study, the researchers used …

    May 27, 2015 4:48 pm


  • FDA ban nearly wiped out deaths, poisonings from ephedra

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A 13-year tally of deaths and poisonings from ephedra show a spectacular decline after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of weight loss products containing the herb in 2004. “The number of poisonings resulting in major effects or deaths has decreased by more than 98% since 2002. The 2004 FDA ban has proved to be a very effective means of limiting the availability of ephedra and therefore its potential toxicity in the United States,” Illinois researchers report in the May 28 New England Journal of Medicine. It was the first dietary supplement to be banned. “I used to see patients with a lot of ephedra problems in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I haven’t seen one literally in 10 years,” coauthor Dr. Jerrold Leikin, director of toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “It’s the eradication — you can …

    May 27, 2015 5:08 pm


  • Bruce Jenner’s lawyers serve up harsh reality check for victim’s stepkids

    The former Olympian filed papers to have the case thrown out of court, stating that William Howe and Dana Redmond were “not financially dependent upon the decedent for the necessities of life” and, therefore, do not have any kind of standing to sue for damages. Jenner’s assertion seems to be backed up by sources close to the victim, Kim Howe, who said she had no relationship with the stepchildren after their father died years ago. Her entire estate was left to various charities, not them, which speaks volumes about the relationship — or lack thereof. More: Everything we know about the Bruce Jenner docuseries No charges have been brought against Jenner in the crash, although it does appear he was at fault. A video shows he just wasn’t paying attention for a quick second when he rear-ended Howe, but he was obeying all traffic laws. After the accident, Jenner released a carefully worded statement expressing …

    May 27, 2015 7:29 pm


  • Obama’s gone from bad to wuss

    As the days of the Obama presidency dwindle down, bad actors everywhere are in a rush to grab what they can. After all, they are not likely ever again to get such a weak president as Barack Obama, and they know it. The latest aggression comes from China, with reports that Beijing has authorized its military to project air and sea power farther afield and to use it for offense as well as defense. A Communist Party newspaper warned that “a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea” if America contests China’s expansion. The move fits a worldwide pattern. From the Islamic State to Russia to Iran, America’s adversaries are making a calculated decision. They know Obama will, at most, talk a tough game but in the end won’t do much else. They also realize that time is running out on their chance to act without consequences. With the raft of foreign-policy failures …

    May 27, 2015 5:28 pm

Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best

    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am