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Speaker Ryan will leave behind new tax code, busted budget

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:29pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — Ryan has utterly failed.


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Missouri Governor Claims 'Witch Hunt' Before State House Releases Its Report

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:25pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced Wednesday that he's the target of a


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Vermont's Republican governor signs new gun restrictions

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:14pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat — the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor.


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Men's risk of sexually spreading Zika virus dissipates after first month

Reuters Health News - April 11, 2018 - 4:12pm
(Reuters Health) - Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in unborn babies, can also be spread to a woman through sexual contact. But a new study suggests the risk may be limited to the first few weeks after symptoms appear in her male partner.
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House oversight panel asks EPA for travel, condo documents

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:11pm

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representative's oversight committee told Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Wednesday his agency has not provided requested documents about expensive air travel, including documents related to any threats that had been made on Pruitt. Representative Trey Gowdy, the oversight committee chairman, said in a letter to Pruitt that the EPA had not produced documents showing whether there was an individual waiver or authorization for purchasing first- or business-class air tickets.


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Trump's incoherent, dangerous policy on Syria, as laid out in tweets

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:04pm

ISIS has nearly been defeated in Syria, and the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is close to winning the civil war. But the situation there is as dangerous as ever, and President Trump may be making things worse by tweeting out a belligerent threat to Russia.


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The Latest: Boy says bullies attacked him, sister when alone

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a 6-year-old girl's death and the charges against her parents (all times local):


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Feds: Local officials share blame in Atlanta bridge collapse

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:50pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Transportation is partially responsible for a fire that caused a section of interstate to collapse last year in Atlanta, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday.


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Oklahoma's striking teachers seek more funds, Republicans say they are done

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:49pm

A strike by Oklahoma educators demanding more school funding extended to a 10th day on Wednesday, as the state's Republican leaders warned they planned no further increases after approving $450 million in new revenue to boost teacher pay. Schools in the state's largest metro areas serving hundreds of thousands of students remained closed the day after Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed into law two bills that raised taxes but fell short of the teachers' demand for $150 million above what had already been approved. "The governor and lawmakers keep closing the door on revenue options when Oklahomans are asking for a better path forward," said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest union for teachers, with about 40,000 members.


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Pope Francis admits 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:47pm

Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation" in Chile after reading the findings of an investigation into sexual abuse committed by the clergy in the country. Francis said in a letter to Chilean Bishops released by the Vatican that he intended to summon them to Rome to discuss the investigation, which involves Bishop Juan Barros' alleged cover-up of abuse by priests in his diocese. During a trip to Chile in January, Pope Francis had strongly defended Barros, accused of concealing and even witnessing the abuses of paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.


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Family of Tesla crash driver hires law firm, questions autopilot

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:46pm

Walter Huang died in a crash and vehicle fire in a Tesla Inc Model X near Mountain View, California, last month, prompting investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The agencies are also investigating the battery fire that followed the crash.


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J&J, Imerys unit must pay $117 million in N.J. asbestos cancer case

Reuters Health News - April 11, 2018 - 3:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys SA, must pay $117 million in damages in a case involving a man who said he developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday.
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Accused Florida school shooter wants inheritance to go to charity: lawyer

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:25pm

The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school in February wants funds from an $800,000 trust left by his late adoptive mother to be donated to charity, a defense attorney said on Wednesday. The accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, appeared at a brief hearing in Broward County Court to determine whether he needs a court-appointed lawyer or can afford to fund his own defense through an $800,000 trust left to Cruz and his 18-year-old brother, Zachary. "He wants that money donated to an organization that he believes would facilitate healing in our community," defense attorney Melissa McNeil told the court.


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Fly above Jupiter's terrifying north pole in new NASA video

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:12pm

Jupiter's north pole is unsettling, at best. It's comprised of one giant storm encircled by eight spinning cyclones — all of which have larger diameters than the moon.  Fortunately, this nightmarish place orbits as far as 600 million miles away from Earth. But for those willing, NASA scientists have made a 3D tour through the tempestuous clouds.   SEE ALSO: NASA's TESS is going to be your new favorite space mission Unveiled Wednesday at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, the 1 minute and 20-second plunge through what appears to be hell's inferno is composed of images taken by a camera aboard the Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the planet.  Describing Jupiter's north pole (or atmosphere generally) as hell, however, is misleading, as it's quite cold. The bright yellow clouds are around 9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the dark red clouds plummet down to minus-181 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA. Juno caught these images of Jupiter's north pole during its during its fourth close pass by the planet. The camera used, JIRAM, is an infrared camera, so it can capture clouds 45 miles down from the cloud tops during either day or night (infrared is a non-visible form of light).  Prior to Juno's arrival at Jupiter in 2016, Jupiter largely remained a mystery.  An artist's conception of the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.Image: Nasa"Before Juno, we could only guess what Jupiter’s poles would look like,” Alberto Adriani, Juno co-investigator from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome, said in a statement.  “Now, with Juno flying over the poles at a close distance it permits the collection of infrared imagery on Jupiter’s polar weather patterns and its massive cyclones in unprecedented spatial resolution.” So far, Juno has mapped about a third of the planet, having travelled some 122 million miles during 11 close passes by Jupiter's roiling clouds. Juno will dive in for its twelfth (terrifying) pass on May 24.  WATCH: Scientists found a weird galaxy without dark matter


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Trump's Witch Hunt

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 3:12pm

Grab your pointy hat and hop on your broomstick as we look at all the times President Trump and his coven have cried “Witch Hunt” against Robert Mueller's investigation.


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US House Speaker Ryan won't seek re-election, in blow to Republicans

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 2:59pm

The most powerful Republican in the US Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, says he will not seek re-election in November, in a blow to President Donald Trump's party as it braces for a battle to keep its congressional majority. Ryan, who is second in line to the presidency, said he would serve as speaker through the November elections and into early January, the end of his term. "This is a job that does not last forever," Ryan said, after he told the rank and file of his party that this year will be his last as a House member.


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Netanyahu warns Iran as Israel marks Holocaust Day

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 2:58pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned archenemy Iran not to test Israel amid escalating regional tensions as the country marked its Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.


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How the West might strike Syria

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 2:44pm

US President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that missiles would be launched at Syria following a suspected chemical attack, virtually ensuring a military strike against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The question now becomes what the United States, probably with France and Britain, will hit in war-torn Syria, and what are the risks of escalation and miscalculation with Assad allies Russia and Iran. The United States and its allies France and Britain want to send a clear and definitive message to Assad that the future use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.


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Megachurch Pastor Abruptly Retires After Allegations Of Improper Conduct Go Public

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 2:42pm

A Chicago-area pastor is stepping down from the leadership of one of America's


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2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Pharma news - April 11, 2018 - 2:38pm

Nature, People and Cities. The event launched on April 10, and photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best shots to the annual competition. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, and earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.


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