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IOC Upholds Russia Ban, Ending Hopes For Closing Ceremony

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The IOC on Sunday voted unanimously to uphold its suspension of Russian Federation as a team from the Winter Olympics , meaning the country's athletes won't be able to march in the closing ceremony with their national colors or flag. "With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us", Bach said. "It's essentially a Korean problem", the official added, "We will help the Koreans as requested". Read More »

Dropbox looking to raise $500 million as company files for IPO

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CEO Drew Houston reported a while ago in eWEEK that the company had reached a $1 billion annual revenue run rate. The company plans to list on Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol DBX. Goldman Sachs & Co., JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank Securities are some of the leading underwriters for the IPO. Among institutional investors, Sequoia Capital , which led Dropbox's seed round in 2007 and first venture round the following year, owns 23 percent, followed by Accel at 5 percent and T. Read More »

Marcus Peters requested trade after playoff loss

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Peters, a two-time Pro Bowler who was named first-team All-Pro in 2016, has compiled an NFL-leading 19 interceptions since being drafted 18th overall three years ago. The Chiefs will obtain a potential replacement for Peters when the Smith deal becomes official. The return for the Chiefs is set to be draft picks but what selections and how many is still to be determined. Read More »

U.S. states form coalition to combat gun violence

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One thing remains clear: we would be better off if every state and the federal government enacted sensible gun safety rules. Cuomo added that while the states are not waiting for federal action, the coalition is not a substitute for federal action and the governors will continue to push for changes on the national level. Read More »

E-cigarette vapor tested positive for lead and arsenic

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The scientists tested and found the presence of 15 metals in the e-liquids in the coil-containing e-cigarette tanks and in the generated aerosols. Chronic inhalation of these metals is linked to lung, liver, immune, cardiovascular and brain damage , and cancers. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton hopeful of signing new contract with Mercedes soon

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Appearance-wise, the new auto features the Halo cockpit protection system and a less visually obtrusive aero fin above the engine cover. "I'm not feeling under any pressure of any other drivers being there and (team boss) Toto (Wolff ) and Mercedes have no reason to feel that I'm talking to anybody else". Read More »

Study links heavy drinking with increased risk of dementia - Alzheimer's Society comment

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According to Science Daily , researchers found that 57% of early-onset dementia patients studied had chronic heavy drinking problems. Image for representational purposes only. Alcohol is now the sixth most common cause of disability among people in their 50s and 60s, up from 16th in 1990. Only the most severe cases of alcohol use disorder - ones involving hospitalization - were included in the study. Read More »

Former Kentucky Rep. Wins Back Her Old Seat In Another Democratic Flip

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Democrat Linda Belcher won a special election in Kentucky's House District 49 , beating Republican Rebecca Johnson by 68 percent to 32 percent . Despite the lopsided results, Johnson refused to concede, citing "widespread voter fraud ". 'It's like we are in a third world country'. "She will work hard on behalf of working families, students, and the people of Bullitt County". Read More »

Hackathon for Cape Town water crisis

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But Capetonians are not yet out of the woods. In the event that Day Zero does arrive, the water reticulation network will be turned off to 75% of the city and residents will have to collect water from points of distribution. Water consumption averaged 523 megalitres per day (MLD) which, although significantly better that the 1 130MLD in 2014, was way off the target of 450MLD. Read More »

World Health Organization reports 400% increase in measles cases in 2017

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The HSE said in most cases those who contracted measles had not taken up the vaccine - something which experts say is driving the current surge in cases. (These figures are for people who have received two doses of the vaccine.) Parents have been refusing the vaccine-which hasn't been reliably available anyway, Reuters reported in July. Read More »

Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

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The latest data does show two more deaths related to the flu, for a total of 11 so far this season. The vaccine may also reduce the severity of symptoms if you get the flu despite getting vaccinated, according to experts. The last week reported is for February 4, 2018, through February 10, 2018. Eight of the deaths have been among patients over the age of 75. The authors note that they studied only people who were sick enough to visit a doctor and get tested. Read More »

Massive uproar in Cafe assault case, Congress MLA's son surrenders

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He had reportedly fractured his leg in an accidental fall at his residence and was wearing a cast. After a heated exchange of words, Nalapad and his friends allegedly attacked the victim. I have always advised my son to never do anything wrong. He said a Bharatiya Janata Party MP's son was also seen in the footage but was not named an accused. Read More »

Worst flu season in a decade

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Many experts concluded that this was why the 2012-2013 season vaccine did not work very well and suspect the same was true of this year's relatively inadequate shot. That's the highest number of flu hospitalizations reported this season. This does not include the effectiveness at preventing the other types of flu, nor does it begin to touch on how well the vaccine might lessen the severity of symptoms if the vaccinated individual gets the flu. Read More »

Breakthrough blood test can spot autism in children

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The research uncovered a link between ASD and damage to proteins in blood plasma. ASD cases are characterized by a wide variety of symptoms that can range from mild behavioral issues to debilitating compulsive behavior, anxiety , cognitive impairment, and much more. Read More »

Heidi Todd's family releases statement following her return

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After confirming the driver was Thomas Lawton Evans, Jr., Chief Oliver got the 4-year-old out of the vehicle. Police say the man is Thomas Lawton Evans, 37, who was released from prison February 1 and had allegedly kidnapped the girl from Johns Island, SC. Read More »

Arvinder came on his own, left on his own: BJP

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I left painfully because of some differences caused by a communication gap. Lovely had the BJP in April, 2017. Since being elected in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1998, Lovely has never lost an election. "I welcome his decision ", he said. Earlier in the morning, Lovely met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence. As far as Mr Lovely is concerned, he is a prominent Sikh and Punjabi face in the national capital and is expected to bolster Congress' prospects in the 20 ... Read More »

UKIP members vote to sack leader Henry Bolton

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A motion of no confidence was today passed against Bolton at a Birmingham general meeting by 867 to 500 votes. Party veteran Gerard Batten, a founder of Ukip, was announced as the interim leader, while a new leadership election will be held within 90 days. Read More »

NYC Chinatown celebrates year of the dog

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The Malaysian embassy in China issued 327,000 visas to Chinese tourists for Chinese New Year this year. Each year different animal is associated with the calendar and 2018 is the Year of the Dog , as it is the most loyal animal. 2018 is the Year of the Dog . A dog's most defining quality is his loyalty - he will never abandon their loved ones. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. Read More »

Nathan Chen on landing 6 quads: 'I had nothing to lose'

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He took the Pyeongchang plaudits with a combined score of 317.85 to give him a cushion of nearly 11 points over 19-year-old Uno (306.90), with Fernandez (305.24) just behind. Previously undefeated this season, he was 17th in a field of 30. The U.S. has never won an Olympic medal in the biathlon. It's so much bigger than that. Read More »

New antibiotic family found in soil

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They had speculated that this novel use of calcium was the key to the longevity of these antibiotics. In their study, published as a letter in the journal Nature Microbiology , the authors cautioned that it is only effective against one group of bacteria - the gram positives, which include MRSA . Read More »

Minnie Driver quits Oxfam after sex in crisis zone scandal

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Cafod (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) said that it had been "unaware" of the claims until contacted this week by the Times newspaper about the man, who reportedly applied to work for the charity in 2014. He said rumours of aid staff paying for sex in Chad in 2006 were "complete nonsense". She said she was horrified by the allegations. He did not name this person. Read More »

McDonald's Happy Meal menu bans cheeseburgers, chocolate milk

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By 2022, cheeseburgers won't be part of the menu for the kids' meals, although parents can still ask for them. McDonald's has made many tweaks over the years, including cutting the size of its fries and adding fruit. However, McDonald's said global restaurants must change their menus so that at least half of the Happy Meal options available meet its new nutritional guidelines. Read More »

Provisions to take during flu season

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The overall hospitalization rate for this year's season so far is 59.9 per 100,000 population from October 1, 2017, through February 3, 2018, according to the CDC . This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why. If untreated, complications can arise from the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. Read More »

Flu Season On Pace To Reach Highest Number Of Hospitalizations

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This compares to 110 deaths in 2016-2017, 93 in 2015-2016 and 148 in 2014-2015. The levels of influenza-like illnesses across the country are approaching the levels of the 2009 swine flu pandemic that made so many sick, said Dr. What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold? Common symptoms include fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing, and sore throat. "If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu". Read More »

Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma Will Stop Marketing the Drug to US Doctors

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In a surprise move, Purdue Pharma , the manufacturer of the opiate painkiller OxyContin, has said that it will reduce its direct sales force and stop the direct marketing of opiates to doctors. The restructuring comes amid lawsuits filed by Ohio, Alabama and Washington attorneys general who allege Purdue has exacerbated the opioid drug addiction crisis through its sale and marketing of OxyContin. Read More »