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Jimmy Kimmel Named 'Most Dangerous Celebrity' To Search For Online -
Jimmy Kimmel Named 'Most Dangerous Celebrity' To Search For Online
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. Kimmel said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday that he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high school grew up to be the most dangerous celebrity of 2014.
Afghanistan Suicide Bombing: Taliban Militants Attack Buses Carrying Afghan Troops In Kabul, Killing 7 -
Afghanistan Suicide Bombing: Taliban Militants Attack Buses Carrying Afghan Troops In Kabul, Killing 7
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops on Wednesday, killing seven and wounding 21 people, police said. The bombings, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, came a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact allowing U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year to support Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency. The first attacker hit a bus with Afghan National Army officers, killing seven and wounding 15 in west Kabul, said the city's criminal investigation police chief Mohammad Farid Afzali. The second attacker, who was also on foot, blew himself up in front of a bus in northeastern Kabul, wounding several army personnel, Afzali said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks. Under the security pact, along with a separate deal signed with NATO, about 10,000 American troops and several thousand more...
76 Of 79 Deceased NFL Players Had Brain Disease, Frontline Reports -
76 Of 79 Deceased NFL Players Had Brain Disease, Frontline Reports
A shocking report from PBS Frontline says 76 of 79 deceased NFL players suffered from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is caused by repeated head trauma, where the functioning of the brain is interrupted and nerve cells begin to die, according to Frontline. It is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia. A recent study of the brain tissue of 128 former football players -- professionals, semi-professionals, college players and high school players -- conducted by one of the nation’s largest brain banks, found 101 players tested positive for CTE. That means 78.9 percent of all the football players and 96.2 percent of the former NFL players in the study suffered from the disease. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass., which conducted the study, said that amounts to a twofold increase in the number of CTE cases...
Jeb Bush Talks Education For Arkansas GOP Hopeful -
Jeb Bush Talks Education For Arkansas GOP Hopeful
SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas Tuesday despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate stepped up campaigning for Republicans in tight races ahead of the midterm elections. Bush singled out Hutchinson's proposal to expand computer science classes in Arkansas schools after the two toured a Sherwood charter school and viewed students' science projects. He also planned to headline a fundraiser for Hutchinson, who is running against Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross. "Your whole education plan is right on target, and I think the state and children of Arkansas will do well with your leadership," Bush said at a news conference. Bush, the brother and son of the last two Republican presidents, is mulling whether to run for the White House in 2016. Unlike several other possible GOP contenders, he kept a...
Colorado School Protests Roil Swing State Politics -
Colorado School Protests Roil Swing State Politics
DENVER (AP) — The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state. As hundreds of students in Jefferson County walk out of class, Democrats running for governor and Senate are decrying the proposed changes, while some Republicans question the role of the teachers union, which is in its own battle over merit pay. Statewide contests in Colorado are won and lost in the vast Denver suburb, and partisans on each side hope the heightening passions rebound to help their team in November. Colorado is the site of a top-tier gubernatorial contest and a neck-and-neck Senate race that could help determine which party controls that chamber. "This is an issue that seems closer to people's lives than what they are seeing in the political ads on...
Great White Sharks In Epic Fight Caught On Video -
Great White Sharks In Epic Fight Caught On Video
It's a shark-eat-shark world out there. A 16-foot-long great white shark was recently caught on video attacking another, smaller, great white in waters about 50 miles off the Australian shore, according to a clip posted on YouTube. "The larger animal survived the encounter but the smaller shark has not been sighted since," the description reads. “The day where the shark attacked the other was surreal. I asked the dive master and skipper of the boat what would happen if a smaller shark got in the way of a larger shark," shark watcher Adam Malski, who recorded the footage, told the Telegraph. "The skipper responded, 'The big shark would take the smaller one down.'" Seconds later, they saw that very scenario unfold, and caught the whole thing on video. The larger shark has been nicknamed Gilbert. (h/t ITV)
These 7 Things Are Even Cooler When They Come In 3D -
These 7 Things Are Even Cooler When They Come In 3D
When you sit and think about it, the world of 3D really is an incredible one. Thanks to innovations in virtual reality and 3D printing, among other things, it appears that the possibilities are truly endless. In this spirit, we’ve partnered with the makers of Genius 3D Mammography to bring you a list of things that now exist beyond two dimensions. Many of these once seemed like they could only exist in sci-fi movies, but now they’ve become part of our hi-tech reality. 1. Manmade ‘Organs’ It appears that anything can be created using 3D printing. This amazing technology has been used to not only make everyday items like combs but also much more complex objects -- like human body parts. Yes, you read that correctly: Ears, kidneys, blood vessels, skin and bones have all been created using 3D printers. Each of these creations incorporates real human cells fused with synthetic materials, such as ceramic (for bones) or sugar filaments (for blood vessels). Scientists are still testing the...
Why an Unequal Planet Can Never Be Green -
Why an Unequal Planet Can Never Be Green
What is it going to take to save the planet from environmental devastation? Sheer people power? We certainly saw that on the eve of last week's UN Climate Summit in New York. Some 400,000 marchers packed the streets of Manhattan. Millions more rallied the same day in over 2,600 other actions in 162 countries. Or can simple shaming get world leaders to start seriously addressing the climate change challenge? We saw some serious shaming last week, too. Spoken-word poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands -- the nation climate change most immediately endangers -- helped open Tuesday's UN summit with an open letter to her baby daughter that reportedly brought many of the 120 world leaders present to tears. That letter, unfortunately, wouldn't be enough to bring those world leaders to their senses. Last week's summitry, a Christian Science Monitor analysis notes, left the international community "without a comprehensive strategy to fight climate change," just the hope that maybe...
In Annual Statistics, Most Colleges Claim Zero Reported Sex Offenses -
In Annual Statistics, Most Colleges Claim Zero Reported Sex Offenses
It would be an insult to anyone possessing the tiniest flicker of intelligence to suggest that, in a 12-month period on a college campus, no student had reported to any campus employee that he or she had been a victim of a forcible sex offense. Which says a lot about the staff of the Department of Education. Because every October, most of the around 11,000 higher education institutions in the country file reports saying just that. And the department -- which is tasked with enforcing the law that requires this reporting -- does nothing. The annual crime report is one of the key provisions of the Clery Act, a law designed to help students protect themselves by providing information about crime on campus. Institutions receiving federal education funding must submit the total numbers of reported violent crimes on campus in the past year. In the last few months, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the Clery Act's role in preventing sexual assault on campus. New mandatory...
On Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg Was Right -
On Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg Was Right
The great Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed that important Supreme Court decisions “exercise a kind of hydraulic effect.” Even if the authors of such decisions assert that their rulings will have limited impact, these cases invariably have a profound influence. So it has been with Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is less than six months old.
Mark Begich Inquiry Exposes Omission In GOP Opponent's Campaign Filing -
Mark Begich Inquiry Exposes Omission In GOP Opponent's Campaign Filing
Dan Sullivan, the Republican challenger for U.S. Senate in Alaska, was a Maryland resident for tax purposes from 2006 to 2008, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, even though he told the Federal Election Commission he had been a resident of Alaska for the past 17 years. Maryland's declaration came after supporters of Sullivan’s opponent, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), inquired about Sullivan’s tax status during the two-year period. Sullivan lived in the Washington suburbs while he worked in the George W. Bush administration and for the Marines. Begich has repeatedly tried to paint Sullivan, an Ohio native, as an outsider. Sullivan has pushed back on that claim. "Mark Begich has made it abundantly clear he is willing to say or do anything to shamefully distort Dan's record, and this time was clearly no different," Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson told The Hill. "Begich's campaign has been one desperate attempt after another to distract from his failed record...
Sex Education, 21st Century Style -
Sex Education, 21st Century Style
Our society, correctly, values the importance of education and lifelong learning as a pathway to success and a happy life. Countless studies show that those who graduate college do better -- not only financially, but also in other phases of life -- than those with only a high school education. But there is one area of education where we are still stuck in the middle ages -- and it's having an increasingly deleterious effect on our society. For lack of a better term, sex education, is a too often ignored area of study and it's high time we had a candid discussion about it. I'm not merely referring to those sleepy high school classes sometimes called "Hygiene," or "Sex Ed" which even us boomers remember as the bad joke of our high school years. In my case, I had a clueless physical education teacher who one day wrote on the blackboard (remember those?) terms like "gonorrhea" and "vulva" and told us that we needed to memorize their definitions for the exam, case closed. No discussion in...
Obama Administration Urges Rejection Of Jan Brewer's Appeal -
Obama Administration Urges Rejection Of Jan Brewer's Appeal
PHOENIX (AP) — The Obama administration has urged a court to reject Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that blocks the state from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under a change ordered by the president. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing Tuesday that the state policy is trumped by federal law. They argued the state won't accept documents issued to the immigrants in question as proof of their legal presence in the country, yet it continues to accept such records from other immigrants. "The state has failed to identify any reason why the same documents should not similarly suffice for plaintiffs," the Justice Department said in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a lawsuit by young immigrants who challenged the policy. The federal government didn't challenge the driver's license policy, but it was asked by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to offer input on the case. In July, a...
Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group? -
Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?
The Council on Foundations, the most prominent trade association in the grant-making world, has been in the doldrums for a long time, beset by weak boards, declining membership, a lack of clear values and mission, unsatisfactory services to its member organizations and a failure to stand for principles and ethics in grant making. Over the past few years, the council has lost well over 200 members dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. And some of the remaining 1,585 members feel they are no longer getting much bang for the big bucks they pay in membership fees, amounting to $55,000 for the very largest foundations and averaging just over $6,000 for most members. A growing number of community foundations are thinking seriously about quitting, and many family foundations feel they are being neglected. Vikki Spruill, who has led the group the past two years, is increasingly under scrutiny from people wondering what's next for the council. In speaking to over 45 people who...
Hong Kong Protests Near Potential National Day Flashpoint -
Hong Kong Protests Near Potential National Day Flashpoint
* Little sign of Hong Kong protests flagging * Nervousness around National Day flag-raising * Atmosphere on streets resolute, but calm * Torrential rain makes life uncomfortable for thousands (Updates after National Day flag-raising, paragraphs 1, 9-12) By Donny Kwok and Irene Jay Liu HONG KONG, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. That was despite widespread fears that police may use force to move crowds before the start of celebrations marking the anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The crowds have brought...
Don't Worry, Whatever It Is We're Doing In The Middle East, It's Totally Not A 'War' -
Don't Worry, Whatever It Is We're Doing In The Middle East, It's Totally Not A 'War'
The U.S. and its coalition partners have thus far carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in an effort to destroy the Islamic State. Some members of the coalition, most recently the UK, have committed to airstrikes against targets in Iraq, while others have sent weapons and trained personnel to assist moderate rebels in Syria. Meanwhile, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, continues to recruit members with violent ideologies and is attempting to expand its control over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Yet the Obama administration has maintained that the U.S. is not "at war." Indeed, the country hasn't officially declared war on any nation or organization since entering World War II over 70 years ago. Of course, that doesn't mean the U.S. hasn't engaged in a number of extended military operations, including the widely criticized war in Iraq. Administration officials may be wary of potential parallels to that conflict as they consider how to label their campaign...
#4 Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short? -
#4 Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?
Summary: We in Liberal America are now embattled. America has been in kindred battles before, and on those occasions to which we look to see our finest American ideals expressed and embodied, great American leaders have shown the way: "See the evil. Call it out. Press the battle." But in this crisis, in this battle, Liberal America is falling far short of our nation's finest ideals. Why is that? The American electorate is probably about to give more power to a party of traitors. This statement, though shocking, can be verified by these steps (many of which are substantiated here): The Republican Party ("the Party of No") has chosen to prevent anything from being accomplished. To choose across-the-board obstructionism is to knowingly hurt the nation. The Republicans' motivation for obstructionism is to regain power. To sacrifice the good of the country to gain greater power over it is to betray the nation. The dictionary definition of "traitor" is "a person who betrays a friend,...
Parents Say Andrew Cuomo Isn't Doing Enough To Help Their Sick Kids Get Medical Marijuana -
Parents Say Andrew Cuomo Isn't Doing Enough To Help Their Sick Kids Get Medical Marijuana
NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has asked the Justice Department twice in as many months for permission to import marijuana from other states on a limited basis so certain critically ill patients aren't forced to wait until New York's medical cannabis law takes effect in January 2016. Despite Cuomo's overtures, several mothers whose kids suffer from debilitating -- and potentially deadly -- seizure disorders say the New York governor isn't doing nearly enough to fight for emergency access to medical marijuana, which has proven successful treating children with similar conditions. "While reaching out to the DOJ is a meaningful first step, there are other additional steps [Cuomo] can and should take," said Missy Miller, whose son, Oliver, had a stroke in utero that now causes hundreds of seizures on any given day. "Every day that passes, we lose more of Oliver to these seizures." Cuomo signed New York's medical marijuana bill into law in July, but the measure...
Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot And Killed (UPDATE) -
Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot And Killed (UPDATE)
UPDATE: 5:19 p.m. PT -- The Los Angeles Times and Fox 11 Los Angeles report that Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo has died after being shot at his home. According to the Times, Crespo's wife is in police custody. Previously: Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, California, has been shot, several Los Angeles news outlets reported Tuesday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Crespo was shot at his home in what police believe to be a domestic incident. The shooting occurred on the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue around 3:30 p.m. PT. Police confirmed to KPCC that a male victim was taken to the hospital, but did not confirm the victim's identity. Bell Gardens is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. According to the city's website, Crespo has served in city government since 2001. This is a developing story.. Check back for updates..
Kevin Spacey Unveils 'Frank Underwood's Guide to Philanthropy' Between Songs -
Kevin Spacey Unveils 'Frank Underwood's Guide to Philanthropy' Between Songs
WASHINGTON -- Rarely do leaders from both parties come together to support one cause, but if "House of Cards" has taught us anything, it's that nothing stops Frank Underwood from getting what he wants. Thus it came as no surprise that everyone from second lady Jill Biden and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Aaron Shock (R-Ill.) descended upon Sidney Harman Hall on Monday night to support Kevin Spacey, who plays Underwood in the Netflix series. The occasion was a concert to benefit Spacey's foundation for the performing arts. Hoyer and McCarthy, whom Spacey said were "instrumental" in his research for the role of Underwood, were honorary co-chairs of the event. Despite battling a cold, the Oscar-winning actor enthralled a packed crowd of nearly 800 while performing a range of classic songs, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Luck Be a Lady." Spacey also brought his Washington alter ego...
Jerry Brown Signs California Gun Restriction -
Jerry Brown Signs California Gun Restriction
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. The bill was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Supporters had said such a measure could have prevented the attacks, winning out over critics who said it would erode gun rights. Law enforcement authorities in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas can seek a judge's order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger. The new California law gives law enforcement the same option and extends it to family members. It continues California's efforts to lead the nation in preventing firearm injury and death, said Amanda Wilcox, an advocate for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, whose daughter was a victim of gun violence. The greatest effect might be in...
I was a big fan of the Uber service since I first saw one of the initial prototypes of the product. Yet, over time, I've started to trust the company less and less, causing me to increasingly wonder about the leadership team. The news from August that Uber gave contractors phones and credit cards to create fake Lyft accounts in an attempt to recruit drivers and create false demand (which led to 5,000 lost rides) was the last straw. I'm no longer using Uber, at least until I can trust the brand. Here's why, and my story. I'm curious how others feel. Back in 2009, I was hanging out with a couple of friends in San Francisco at the Sheba Lounge -- a classic, near legendary little jazz club on lower Fillmore Street -- when Garrett Camp showed up to hang out. I had met Garrett previously at an event hosted by the inimitable Tim Ferriss, and got an immediate sense for his creativity and very good product instincts. Sitting there on the couches at Sheba, he demonstrated his latest project, an...
Kurds Defeat ISIS Forces Holding Key Iraq Border Border Crossing -
Kurds Defeat ISIS Forces Holding Key Iraq Border Border Crossing
SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy fighting that ground down to vicious house-to-house combat and close quarters sniping. In neighboring Syria, Kurdish militiamen were on the defensive as the extremists pressed ahead with a relentless assault on a town near the Turkish border. The attack on Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, has driven more than 160,000 people across the frontier in the past few days. Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as peshmerga, were doing the bulk of the fighting on the ground as a U.S.-led coalition carried out an aerial assault against the Islamic State group in both Iraq and Syria. Britain joined the air campaign Tuesday, carrying out its first strikes against the extremists in Iraq — though it does not plan to expand into Syria. The goal of the campaign is to push back the militant group that has declared a self-styled caliphate, or Islamic state, ruled...
Obama Rode Elevator With Armed Ex-Convict In Latest Secret Service Slip-Up -
Obama Rode Elevator With Armed Ex-Convict In Latest Secret Service Slip-Up
WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols. The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of the White House. The Washington Examiner and The Washington Post report that the latest incident took place in an elevator during Obama's Sept. 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The Post says agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera. Agents didn't know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot and the man turned over his gun. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
Two Container Ships Collide In The Suez Canal -
Two Container Ships Collide In The Suez Canal
On Monday, two massive container ships slowly collided at the mouth of the Suez Canal, prompting delays along the heavily trafficked route. The German-flagged MV Colombo Express and the Singaporean-flagged MV Maersk Tanjong were caught on tape as they steer south together from the canal when the Colombo Express turns inward towards the Maersk Tanjong. People can be heard shouting off-camera as the two vessels gradually crash. Three shipping containers fell into the water as a result of the impact, and the Colombo Express was also left with a 65-foot dent, Reuters reports. No causalities were reported. It's unclear what caused the Colombo Express to change course. "Something went terribly wrong today," wrote the maritime industry blog gCaptain, adding that "As rudders on ships like [the Colombo Express] are powered by large, finely tuned hydraulic systems, it is possible that this system failed and was the cause of the incident." Both ships have been moored while an investigation is...
Palestinian Trying to Rebuild Progressive Women Radio -
Palestinian Trying to Rebuild Progressive Women Radio
When I met Islam Barbar in a Gaza restaurant in 2012 while on a human rights mission, I was impressed with her cheerful demeanor but taken aback by the hopelessness that she felt. Although Barbar was publishing media reports, running her own media training center and active in women's rights issues, the one place that she was dreaming to go to was the occupied West Bank. Not only had she not visited other parts of Palestine, but at 26 years old she had never left the besieged Gaza strip. The report that the International Press Institute issued after our visit stressed the need for freedom of movement between Gaza and both the West Bank and Israel. For my part, I succeeded in getting Islam to Cairo in 2013 to attend the Aswatona community radio conference that I was involved in. The attending radio practitioners exchanged ideas of how to set up, manage, and fund a community-based station. A popular idea discussed was to start with an online station and then to move into the FM sphere....
'It's Not Worth It To Become A Teacher At This Point,' Veteran Educator Says -
'It's Not Worth It To Become A Teacher At This Point,' Veteran Educator Says
When single mom Callie Hammond wants to buy something for her daughters, she says she has to choose between spending money on them or on the high school English students she teaches each day. Hammond, a teacher in North Carolina for 22 years, says she buys supplies for her students with her own money. She hasn’t gotten new textbooks since 2009. If she wants new ones, she says she has to go to other high schools and beg. “I’m at a school trying to make better lives for those kids, but I’m not able to go out and make a better life for my own kids. And that's not fair,” Hammond says in a video released by the progressive advocacy group Progress North Carolina. According to an analysis by the National Education Association, North Carolina ranked near the bottom of U.S. states in expenditures per student for 2012-2013. A separate study found that North Carolina teachers' pay was among the lowest for public school educators. “I would say if you’re in North Carolina, it’s not worth it to...
HUFFPOST HILL - Secret Service Doesn't Wanna Be Crass But Phew, Ebola -
President Obama passed the buck to the Secret Service — why won’t he accept blame for not keeping himself safe? A Republican lawmaker suggested the White House replace the Secret Service with ADT, though it could save taxpayers money by simply putting an ADT sign on the north lawn. And the first case of Ebola in the United States was diagnosed. Thanks, Obamacare. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, September 30th, 2014: UGH EBOLA'S HERE - Hide the beer, party over. CNBC: "The United States has its first confirmed case of the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of the deadly virus that has ravaged swaths of continental Africa. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement earlier Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in 'strict isolation due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history." [CNBC] The American Federation of Teachers is...
Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of -
Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of
The Obama administration unveiled a website Tuesday that will shed some much-needed light on Big Pharma's relationship with doctors. Just not quite today. Called Open Payments, it's a tool authorized by the Affordable Care Act that offers details on payments that drug companies and medical device makers give to physicians and medical school teaching hospitals. The aim is to enable people to discover whether the doctors and hospitals they visit may have motives other than patients' best interests when they choose one drug or medical device over another that may be better or cheaper. Drugmakers have even been fined for making illegal payments to doctors to promote prescribing their medicines. It's the largest attempt yet to reveal the financial ties between medical providers and the health care firms peddling their wares, and includes compensation that those companies give to doctors and hospitals in things like speaking and consulting fees, travel to industry conferences, and free...
Guns of Autumn-- Or an Uneasy Truce in Ukraine? -
UNITED NATIONS - Russia wants to make sure Ukraine does not float westward and has sent in its own troops when the separatists could not handle it. But will Moscow support the rebels' call for independence in the eastern industrial heartland? Despite many denials by Moscow, evidence had mounted daily that Russia had sent fighters and weaponry to the rebels who fear they are not getting fair treatment from the Kiev government. They were called "volunteers" but US Ambassador Samantha Power noted that "the armored Russian military vehicle (the volunteer) drives there is not his personal car." Most Russian forces have withdrawn recently but have amassed at the border amid a shaky cease-fire declared on September 5. Since fighting began in April, the conflict has claimed at least 3,500 lives. On Sept. 20, representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and the rebels signed another agreement that would require both sides to remove all heavy artillery from the frontline and create a buffer zone that...
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