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  • Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. More »Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

  • Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83. More »Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

  • Woman allegedly sold heroin from hospital bed

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room. More »Woman allegedly sold heroin from hospital bed

  • Watchdog blocks breast cancer drug

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A new drug for breast cancer which extends women's lives by almost six months is to be blocked from routine NHS access under draft guidance issued by a health watchdog. More »Watchdog blocks breast cancer drug

  • U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was watching the Korean peninsula closely after reports that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test and it urged Pyongyang not to take any step that would threaten regional peace. South Korean news reports quoted the South Korean government as saying on Tuesday that heightened activity had been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic test. The reports come just before U.S. President Barack Obama is due in Japan and South Korea, where he will discuss ways to deal with North Korea's nuclear weapons program. More »U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test

  • Damages phase of BP Gulf spill trial set for January

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The high-stakes penalty phase of BP's trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said on Tuesday, and billions of dollars could be on the line. Fines under the Clean Water Act could top $17 billion (10.1 billion pounds), an amount more than BP's profit in 2013, which after items was $13.4 billion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans has considerable leeway and could assess a much smaller fine after the third and likely final stage of the trial, which will assess the environmental impact of the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. More »Damages phase of BP Gulf spill trial set for January

  • Salmond says independence could benefit northern England

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would work closely with northern England to boost its economy and job opportunities, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Wednesday in a bid to allay concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting the United Kingdom. Salmond is expected to use a speech marking St. George's Day, England's national day, to stress that ties and friendship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom would continue if Scots voted to go it alone in a September 18 referendum. Brushing aside a refusal by the main British parties to share the pound if Scotland breaks away, Salmond will insist to business leaders in Carlisle, 10 miles (16 km) south of the border, that trade and transport links would stay strong and the currency stay the same if Scotland did become independent. More »Salmond says independence could benefit northern England

  • Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry. More »Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

  • Public in the dark about HIV - poll

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    More than a third of people wrongly believe that being HIV positive bans someone from working as a nursery school teacher, chef or with people with mental illness, according to new research. More »Public in the dark about HIV - poll

  • Pancreatic cancer adverts cleared

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Adverts for a pancreatic cancer charity that featured sufferers saying they would rather have a different form of the disease have been cleared following 121 complaints. More »Pancreatic cancer adverts cleared

  • Psychic 'inspired compensation bid'

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A man has been awarded £450,000 in compensation from a health board over his birth after a fortune teller told his mother he would "win a claim". More »Psychic 'inspired compensation bid'

  • Allegations of teen sex abuse by three Hollywood execs denied

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    One of three Hollywood executives accused of sexually abusing a teenaged boy in the 1990s on Tuesday flatly denied the allegations, while an attorney for the second said they were "demonstrably untrue" and a representative for the third called them "without merit." Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman were named in separate lawsuit complaints on Monday of being part of an underage sex ring and performing sexual acts with Michael Egan, 31, who was an aspiring teen actor in Los Angeles at the time. Eagan filed a similar suit against "X-Men" movie director Bryan Singer on April 16. "All of the allegations made by the plaintiff against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented," Ancier's attorney, Louise Ann Fernandez, said in an emailed statement. More »Allegations of teen sex abuse by three Hollywood execs denied

  • Gilead profit triples, hepatitis C drug sales beat by $1 billion

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Gilead Sciences Inc , which has ignited a fierce debate over prescription drug prices, said its new $1,000 (594.32 pounds) hepatitis C pill generated record-breaking sales of $2.27 billion, helping the company's quarterly net profit nearly triple. The Foster City, California-based company on Tuesday posted an adjusted profit of $1.48 a share, soundly beating the average Wall Street estimate of 91 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "It's pretty remarkable that they can generate $2.3 billion in revenue (from hepatitis C drug Sovaldi) in the first 3 months on the market," said Sanford Bernstein analyst Geoffrey Porges. "People's numbers are going to go up dramatically for this year and next for Gilead." Analysts had expected Sovaldi sales of $1.01 billion, according to Deutsche Bank. Shares of Gilead, which rose 1.8 percent to close at $72.86, were up another 2 percent at $74.62 after hours. More »Gilead profit triples, hepatitis C drug sales beat by $1 billion

  • Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. More »Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

  • Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009. More »Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

  • Jet stowaway at hospital as security issues linger

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully recorded the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed ... More »Jet stowaway at hospital as security issues linger

  • Fund manager Ackman promised Herbalife whistleblower as much as $3.6 million - ABC

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Mark Hosenball and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who placed a $1 billion (594.2 million pounds) bet against Herbalife , said that he had promised a former Herbalife executive who became a whistleblower against the company up to $3.6 million, ABC News reported on Tuesday. ABC said on its website that Ackman's payments would come if Giovanni Bohorquez, the former executive, lost the job he took after leaving Herbalife. Ackman's firm, Pershing Square Capital Management, so far has paid Bohorquez $80,000 already. More »Fund manager Ackman promised Herbalife whistleblower as much as $3.6 million - ABC

  • Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More »Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

  • Iran denies role in Bahrain unrest, urges respect for human rights

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied any role in the violent unrest affecting neighbouring Bahrain, accusing Manama of looking for a scapegoat to justify its human rights abuses. "Instead of projecting onto others and raising unfounded charges, Bahraini authorities had better seriously consider their citizens' civil rights demands," the official IRNA news agency cited an "informed" foreign ministry official as saying late Tuesday. "They should avoid police, security and tribal tactics and pave the way for serious dialogue through trust-building actions. ... More »Iran denies role in Bahrain unrest, urges respect for human rights

  • French fiscal watchdog deems government growth forecasts 'optimistic'

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    France's independent fiscal watchdog said on Wednesday the government's growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 were "optimistic", while the 1.7 percent target for 2015 was attainable but dependent on favourable circumstances. The High Council for Public Finances, weighing in on the government's three-year budget plan ahead of its submission to the European Commission later, said the government's forecast for 1.0 percent growth in 2014 was "realistic." The government's budget outline, which is partly based on these growth forecasts, is under close scrutiny from Brussels, which has already given Paris two extra years to bring the deficit to below 3 percent of output by end-2015, in line with EU rules. The government is predicting 2.25 percent growth each year in 2016 and 2017, the watchdog said. More »French fiscal watchdog deems government growth forecasts 'optimistic'

  • Gilead says 1Q sales of Sovaldi totaled $2.27B

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Gilead Sciences said Tuesday that sales of its hepatitis C pill Sovaldi totaled more than $2 billion in its first full quarter on the market, and it said quarterly net income tripled. The company reported ... More »Gilead says 1Q sales of Sovaldi totaled $2.27B

  • Egypt to pay some $1 billion owed oil firms within two months - minister

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Egypt will pay about $1 billion (594.2 million pounds) of the money it owes to foreign oil companies within the next two months, the state's MENA news agency said, quoting Oil Minister Sherif Ismail. Egypt says it owes some $6.3 billion to those companies. The country has previously said it would repay a further $3 billion in monthly instalments until 2017 as an incentive to encourage foreign oil companies to increase exploration and production. Egypt has been struggling to meet soaring energy bills caused by high subsidies on fuel products for its 85 million people, most of whom are poor and uneducated. More »Egypt to pay some $1 billion owed oil firms within two months - minister

  • Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease

    AFP - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said Wednesday. More »Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease

  • Iran protests at U.N. committee on envoy ban as U.S. stands ground

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran complained to a United Nations committee on Tuesday about Washington's refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy due to his suspected links to hostage-takers, even as the United States stood firm on its decision. The United States said earlier this month that it would not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi because of his connection to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said he acted only as a translator. "As far as we know this is a unique case involving a permanent representative," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday. More »Iran protests at U.N. committee on envoy ban as U.S. stands ground

  • Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman out of heart surgery

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas U.S. Sen. John Boozman had unscheduled heart surgery Tuesday at a hospital in the northwestern part of the state, where his office said he was recovering well. More »Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman out of heart surgery

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