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'Dreamers' left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 10:01pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.


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Stocks Rise for Maker of AR-15 Rifle Used in the Florida School Shooting

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 9:49pm

The company's shares closed up 1.49%, netting the company an additional $8.8 million on the day.


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These are the lives lost in the Florida high school shooting

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 8:43pm

When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, the 17 dead included students and school workers, young and old. Here is a look at the 17 confirmed dead by authorities in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:


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Shepard Smith Is Fed Up After Florida Shooting: 'Forget Your Political Arguments'

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 8:42pm

Shepard Smith showed his frustration Thursday on Fox News when he discussed the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 students and adults dead.


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El Chapo: Mexican drug lord struggling to pay legal fees, says lawyer

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 7:44pm

Joaquin Guzman is eager to address the court directly in order to tell his family to pay his fees, Eduardo Balarezo told a hearing at a Brooklyn federal court. Mr Balarezo said Guzman wanted to knock down any speculation he might plead guilty and cooperate with American authorities. Mr Balarezo also renewed complaints about conditions at the Manhattan jail where Guzman is being held in solitary confinement.


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Suspended California lawmaker sues for reinstatement

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 7:26pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct investigation sued the state Senate on Thursday, seeking reinstatement and arguing he's been unfairly treated by his colleagues.


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U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots

Reuters Health News - February 15, 2018 - 7:21pm
(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks.
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Austrian Snowboarder Markus Schairer Breaks Neck After Terrifying Crash

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 7:14pm

Austria’s Markus Schairer suffered a broken neck after a terrifying crash during the men’s snowboardcross quarterfinals at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.


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Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 7:08pm

WASHINGTON ― Law enforcement officials in Florida have reportedly not yet found ties between the Parkland school shooting suspect and the white supremacist paramilitary group Republic of Florida, despite claims from the group’s leader.


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Grieving Mother Yells For Trump To 'Do Something' After Florida School Shooting

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 7:05pm

The mother of a student killed in Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida pleaded with President Donald Trump to “please do something” in a segment on CNN Thursday. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was one of at least 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appeared on CNN Thursday and made an emotional call for the president to take action in response to gun violence. “President Trump, you say, ‘What can you do.’ You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands,” she continued, yelling into the camera.


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U.S. FDA looks to pave way for earlier-stage Alzheimer's drugs

Reuters Health News - February 15, 2018 - 6:50pm
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have proposed lowering the bar for clinical trial success for experimental Alzheimer's drugs to better align with the current emphasis on the need to treat people when they are in the earliest stages of the brain-wasting disease.
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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Can't Say If Racial Bias Exists In The Justice System

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 6:49pm

WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Thursday to advance one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Michael Brennan, who spent his confirmation hearing dodging questions about whether racial bias exists in the criminal justice system.


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Sen. Chris Murphy: "There's zero evidence...that more guns leads to less gun crime."

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 6:24pm

The Connecticut senator responds to Ed. Secretary Betsy DeVos's comment that schools have "option" to arm teachers


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Florida shooting: Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz stopped at Subway and McDonald's before being arrested, sheriff says

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 6:23pm

Police are piecing together the timeline of events before and after the mass shooting at a high school in Florida, saying the suspect stopped at both Subway and McDonald's before being arrested. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that the suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, arrived at Marjory Douglas High School via Uber at 2:19pm lcoal time (8:18pm BST) on Wednesday. In total, police say Mr Cruz killed 17 students and staff and injured 14.


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U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 6:21pm

(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks. Anyone not already immunized should get a flu shot despite the lateness of the season, because "some protection is better than none," one of the officials told a news briefing. A total of 63 children in the United States have died of influenza this season, and three-quarters of them did not get a vaccine, said Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

The teenage gunman charged with unleashing one of America’s worst school shootings had been trained by a white supremacist paramilitary group, and may have chosen Valentine’s Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz, 19, described by fellow pupils as a “weird and racist” gun-obsessed loner, has been charged with murdering 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an affluent suburb north of Miami, Florida. According to one of the group’s leaders, Cruz trained with Republic of Florida, which campaigns for a “white ethno-state”. Jordan Jereb said Cruz had probably relied on his training to carry out the attack, but had not been told to do so by anybody at the organisation. He said Cruz “acted on his own behalf” and was “solely responsible for what he just did”. Jereb also said Cruz had “trouble with a girl” and the Valentine’s Day timing was probably not a coincidence. It also emerged that Cruz had previously been treated at a mental health clinic, but was still able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle, and large amounts of ammunition, passing a background check in February 2017. Melissa McNeil, Cruz’s lawyer, said he suffered from autism. She added: “The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.” Immediately after the shooting Cruz went to a nearby Subway restaurant and bought a drink. Then he moved to a McDonald’s and “sat down for a short period of time,” local sheriff Scott Israel said. He then left and was arrested 40 minutes later. Cruz was placed on suicide watch in jail. Gun related incidents at US schools this year Donald Trump delivered a sombre address from the White House after the 18th school shooting in the country this year, but he avoided any mention of curbing access to guns. Instead, the US president said he would “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” and that there had been “so many signs” that Cruz was “mentally disturbed.” He added on Twitter: “Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”  Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said: “It cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening. We are going to take action. We must reverse these trends.” And Rick Scott, the Florida governor, said: “If someone is mentally ill, they can’t have access to a gun.” Barack Obama, the former president, said on Twitter: “Until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them [our kids] safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun-safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018 Survivors of the mass shooting also demanded action. David Hogg, a pupil who witnessed it, said: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” Another pupil named Sarah wrote on Twitter: “Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead, Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again.” Suspect Nikolas Cruz, left, with public defender Melisa McNeille, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court Credit:  Susan Stocker Last night, Cruz made his first court appearance, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled to his waist. Asked to confirm his name he told the judge: “Yes Ma’am”. He was ordered to be held without bail. It had earlier emerged that there had been a litany of missed warnings about Cruz. Last year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sent an email to its teachers telling them not to let Cruz on site if carrying a backpack, after bullets were found in his bag. This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows a weapon being held Credit: Instagram He was then expelled after fighting with the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend, according to a fellow pupil. On Sept 24, a YouTube user calling themselves Nikolas Cruz posted a message saying: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” It was left on the YouTube page of Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman in Mississippi, who immediately reported it to both YouTube and the FBI. The following day he was visited by two FBI agents, who took photographs of the post. Mr Bennight next heard from the FBI on Wednesday, half an hour after Cruz was arrested. An agent left a message saying: “If you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring…” Robert Laskey, an FBI Special Agent, said the message in September had been investigated. He said: “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.” Cruz was born in New York but adopted as an infant, along with his brother, by Roger and Lynda Cruz. Roger Cruz died of a heart attack when Cruz was a child. Students grieve after Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  Credit:  Joel Auerbach Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov 1 last year and he moved in with another family.  Jim Lewis, a lawyer for the family with whom Cruz was living at the time of the shooting, said: “There was no indication that anything severe like this was wrong. Just a mildly troubled kid who’d lost his mother.” However, fellow pupils said they had always feared Cruz would “shoot the place up”. Dakota Mutchler, 17, said: “I think everyone had in their minds, if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”


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Limb amputation rates for blocked arteries vary by race and setting

Reuters Health News - February 15, 2018 - 5:43pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients with severe blockages in leg arteries can sometimes be treated with surgery to reroute blood flow; otherwise they require amputation - which black patients are more likely than whites to get, according to a study of New York State data.
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Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 5:34pm

Colombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said he had expressed concern to his Venezuelan counterpart General Vladimir Padrino in a telephone conversation, and that they had agreed to meet to coordinate security plans at the border. Villegas said Venezuelans had collaborated with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in attacks in Colombia and been involved in killings and robberies.


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Roche to buy Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion to expand cancer care portfolio

Reuters Health News - February 15, 2018 - 5:34pm
(Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday it would buy the rest of U.S. cancer data company Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion to speed development of cancer medicines and support its efforts to price them based on how well they work.
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Tillerson meets Turkey's Erdogan for 'open' talks after weeks of strain

Pharma news - February 15, 2018 - 5:05pm

By Yara Bayoumy and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan had a "productive and open" talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara. Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of issues, particularly U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, seen as terrorists by Turkey.


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