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Capitol Hill Buzz: Mosquitoes on the House floor

The letter went out Tuesday, the same day U.S. Senate Democrats for the third time blocked a $1.1 billion Zika funding package and an accompanying Veterans Affairs spending bill over restrictions on Planned Parenthood. He added, "Can you imagine, colleagues, the fear and anxiety in this chamber if these hundred mosquitoes were outside this jar not inside this jar?" Democrats have rejected that provision, saying many lower-income women rely on Planned Parenthood for their health-care needs, ... Read More »

Drinkers must exercise regularly to lessen death risk


To reach this conclusion, the team studied more than 36,000 middle-aged men and women for an average of almost 10 years and tracked their death rates and causes of death. But risk of death from either cancer or all causes rose more slowly among those meeting exercise guidelines compared to those who engaged in less physical activity. Read More »

Democrats delaying ad spending in Florida Senate race


Murphy faces Sen. Marco Rubio in the November general election. Senate Democrats' campaign arm is delaying ad spending in the Florida race, where Rep. "I hope reasonable heads will prevail". Rubio has voted for all the bills on Zika funding that have come before Congress, including those that Murphy has said included "poison pills" that affect women's health clinics and pesticide regulation that Murphy voted against. Read More »

Questions remain as OH medical marijuana law takes effect


OH patients with certain health conditions, including AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, can legally use medical marijuana. Only, sick patients won't be able to get their hands on the alternative treatment anytime soon. Then there's also the question of what rights qualifying Ohioans will have when it comes to transporting their drugs, as well their ability to consume them in other states. Read More »

Minnesota nurses vow to strike after talks break down


Of those nurses, nearly half also worked in Allina hospitals during MNA's weeklong strike in June, which cost Allina $20 million, he said. No new negotiations have been scheduled. "Where's Penny? Dr. Penny Wheeler, you need to respond to the nurses' proposal, but we know you can't because you're not here", said Angela Becchetti, registered nurse at Abbott and member of the nurses' negotiating team. Read More »

How Sri Lanka became malaria


Sri Lanka began its anti-malaria campaign in 1911 and nearly achieved malaria elimination in 1963. But could this have been achieved more than 50 years ago? The WHO said Sri Lanka had become the second country in the region to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease after Maldives with no locally transmitted cases of malaria in Sri Lanka in the last three and a half years. Read More »

Woman who received world's first partial face transplant dies at 49


According to reports in France, Dinoire, from Valenciennes, became seriously ill after years of taking immunosuppressant drugs created to prevent her body rejecting new tissues following the transplant. During a press conference in February 2006, Dinoire said: "From the day of the operation, I have a face like everyone else". In her BBC interview she said the attack by her dog had come as a result an attempt to end her life. Read More »

Clinton and Trump courting Ohio voters on Labor Day

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will stop in Wilmington to deliver a major national security speech. Christie said Trump's position on immigration changed as he talked to others about the policy. Both presidential nominees are stopping in North Carolina this week. The billionaire businessman has repeatedly criticized Clinton for not holding a news conference since past year. Read More »

Telstra risks losing rural mobile monopoly


Telcos could be forced to open up their mobile networks to rivals for roaming services in regional areas following a new ACCC inquiry that has already raised the ire of Australia's largest telco. Telstra blamed any lack of competition across regional Australia on its competitors' failure to invest in those areas. But Mr Sims said the landscape had shifted substantially in the past decade. Read More »

Trump makes pitch for black support in Detroit


Polls show Clinton with overwhelmingly more support from blacks and Hispanics. Blacks account for 12 percent of the USA electorate, and Trump, who trails in the polls, recently has sought gingerly to widen his base. ". We're all brothers and sisters, created by the same God, to love each other and support each other. I'm here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit ... Read More »

Trump Campaign Selling 'Hillary For Prison' Buttons

Trump said in an interview with CNN Thursday. Trump, whose support comes mainly from whites, is unlikely to be victorious unless he can cut into that support. Trump has also called for banning Muslims from the United States on the sole basis of their religion and has stoked Islamophobic sentiment by alleging, "Islam hates us". Read More »

Hermine kills 2, ruins beach weekends in northward march

But while people in many communities said the storm would soon become only a minor memory, parts of Florida were entering what could be a protracted recovery, and there were some concerns that the absence of air-conditioning could prove risky. Read More »

China ratifies Paris climate deal ahead of G-20 summit


Obama said someday the world "may see this as the moment that we finally made a decision to save our planet". Once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of emissions formally ratify the agreement struck in Paris last December, it will be enforced. Read More »

Junior doctors plan week of all-out strikes

The comments comes as the Daily Mail has claimed that a secret ballot among junior doctors earlier in the summer showed that only 31.5% supported rolling, all-out strike action. The BMA said it will call off the strikes if the Government agrees to stop the imposition. "Now [the BMA] are saying we are going to have a devastating strike, the like of which the NHS has never seen before". Read More »

State of Obesity report finds Americans making moderate progress


The Utah Department of Health announced Thursday that the obesity rate in 2015 was 24.5 percent. The state with the highest obesity rate is Louisiana, at 36.2 percent. Rates are highest among Latinos, men and people ages 45 to 64. Self-reported obesity for non-Hispanic blacks was 35 percent or higher in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Read More »

New labels warn against mixing opioids, benzodiazepines


The FDA on Wednesday stopped short of requiring a new black box warning on drugs such as methadone used to wean people addicted to opioids from those drugs. Opioid painkillers include oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine and are sold under such brand names as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Actiq while opioid cough medicines typically contain codeine and include such brand names as Fioricet with codeine, Tylenol with codeine and Triacin-C. Read More »

New England Patriots C Bryan Stork fails physical, trade to Redskins nullified


Most recently, Terrance Knighton signed with the Patriots after a single season with the Redskins. And they did, for a conditional seventh-round 2017 draft pick. It remains to be seen why the Patriots were willing to release him. They were hoping he'd provide something positive to their offensive line, considering he was starting just a season ago, but his retirement talk led Washington to believe he didn't really care about playing. Read More »

Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation


Republicans see attacking Clinton over the organization as a way of unifying conservatives divided over Trump, who has never held elected officer and who often deviates from conservative orthodoxy. From the headline on, the AP story isn't simply distorted: it's untrue. But, Rupp asked: "Does any of this change Davidson's opinion about Clinton?" Since 2011, Clinton has worked at the Clinton Foundation. Read More »

Fresh-cut vegetables recalled over listeria concerns


Stores in Alabama, Florida , Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia received the products, which are sold under the Country Fresh label and store brand labels including Farmers Market at Harris Teeter and Marketside at Wal-Mart. Read More »

Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest

Its aim is to transport Bakken shale from North Dakota directly to US Gulf Coast refineries, the first pipeline to do so. A supporting resolution was released August 17 from the Fort Hall Business Council, stating, "The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is aware that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota is facing threats to its water, damage to its sacred sites, impacts to its culture and tribal members' health as a result of the approval and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that ... Read More »

Did AFFLECK Just Hint at DEATHSTROKE For DC Films?


Any afternoon which begins with a teaser for an upcoming DCEU movie is a good afternoon in my books, and teasers don't get much juicier than the one Ben Affleck just posted to social media. The video closely resembles Deathstroke's appearance in Batman: Arkham Origins , the third installment in the Arkham game series. If he turns out to be the main villain, he will pose an vast threat for Batman to face. Read More »

FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika


The FDA recommends blood collections cease in Florida and the three USA territories with active Zika transmission until blood establishments begin screening donations or using pathogen reduction technology. The announcement comes amid growing concern in the United States about Zika, which when it infects pregnant women can cause a severe birth defect known as microcephaly, in which babies develop abnormally small skulls and brains. Read More »

Belgian GP stopped after Magnussen Eau Rouge shunt


Magnussen, running eighth, lost control of the back of his vehicle as he crested the famous Spa hill, and spun rearward into the barriers before impacting front-on into the tyre wall. Magnussen's crash led to a red flag to halt the race while work was carried out to fix the tyre barrier. Nico Rosberg claimed his sixth win of the season with an easy victory at the Belgian Grand Prix . Read More »

Trump campaign CEO reportedly charged with domestic violence in '90s


Packer, who served as deputy campaign manager to Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, said Bannon would have never passed the vetting process Romney's team used when they made hiring decisions. "He said that he doesn't like the way they raise their kids to be "whiny brats" and that he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews", Piccard wrote. Read More »

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks


Representatives of FARC and the government met over the course of four years in Havana to try to find peace. In a recent report to the Security Council, the Secretary General expressed his satisfaction with the preparedness of the United Nations political Mission in Colombia, including the deployment of observers, who now number 80, which have enabled successful joint scoping visits to areas where the separation of forces and the laying down of arms will take place. Read More »

Deschutes County horse diagnosed with West Nile Virus


Mosquitoes have also tested positive in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente this year, and three people in Orange County have tested positive for the virus. Remove all discarded tires on the property. Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters. Change the water in birdbaths and scrub the containers. Read More »

Cincinnati sees estimated 78 heroin overdoses in 2 days

The Cincinnati Police Department confirmed that most of the cases happened Tuesday evening, between 7 9 p.m. Authorities point the most number of cases to District 3, located at the city's west side. Of the cases they responded to, there were three people who overdosed in one house, one man overdosed while driving through an intersection and another overdosed with his kids in the auto at a gas station. Read More »

USA calls for testing of donated blood for Zika

As a further safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised guidance recommending universal testing of donated whole blood and blood components for Zika virus in the U.S. Read More »