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As Parting Gift, Obama Protects Planned Parenthood From State Defunding

Abortion opponents immediately said they will seek to reverse the rule under President-elect Donald Trump. Remember a year ago when Planned Parenthood was accused of "selling dead baby parts," even though they were donating the organs and tissues of aborted fetuses, with permission of abortion patients, to research facilities, as they are allowed to do under federal law? A new federal rule barring states from withholding federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood could ... Read More

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U.S. lethal injection debate revived after long execution

One of Smith's attorneys whispered to another attorney, "He's reacting", and pointed out the inmate's repeated movements. Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said after the execution: "We do know we followed our protocol". Smith then coughed and heaved his chest upward multiple times during the first 13 minutes of the execution process. He underwent two consciousness checks before the final two drugs were administered. Read More

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe's Sky

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe's Sky

In June 2010, Sky's share price was lurking in the region of 576p, and subsequently spiked to 698p following the news of a takeover attempt by Murdoch's News Corp (then News International). Murdoch had previously tried to take full control of Sky but was sidelined in 2011 amid a phone-hacking scandal at his British newspapers that rocked the United Kingdom political and media establishment. Read More

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Surgeon general: Teen e-cig use 'major public health concern'

E-cigarettes often have a futuristic feel to them and offer flavored juices that makes smoking more appealing. Are e-cigarettes unequivocally less harmful than tar-laden, chemical-filled cigarettes, as a growing body of research seems to suggest? Cynthia Cabrera, who works for The Cating Group as a consultant to the vapor industry, said it's disappointing that e-cigarettes are being looped in with combustible tobacco products. Read More

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Zika Virus Birth Defects Growing In Numbers In New York

After the first case was reported, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission expanded the Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent to December 31. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net. Increasing scientific evidence suggests a link between infection in pregnant women and infants born with birth defects such as microcephaly . Read More

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No. 1 Alabama romps past Florida 54-16 in SEC title game

The Sooners could be bumped from the Sugar Bowl if they reach the College Football Playoff . Now, this offensively challenged team must contend with the stingiest defense in the land. The Crimson Tide have dealt with injuries just as other teams have. Austin Appleby was excellent in his first drive, going 6/7 and hitting Antonio Callaway for a couple of huge passes en route to a Florida touchdown. Read More

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Occasional Smokers Dies Quicker than Non Smokers

Occasional Smokers Dies Quicker than Non Smokers

All participants were age 59 to age 82 at the start of the study. Patricia Folan directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. People who smoke seven times per week are still two thirds more likely to die an early death than people who don't smoke at all. The study reinforces several well-known facts about smoking and the risk of death, said Dr. Read More

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Chinese media blame Trump 'inexperience' over Taiwan call

Trump, a first-time elected official with no official foreign policy experience, talked Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, breaking with decades-long diplomatic tradition. The island of 23.5 million people has been ruled separately since 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek moved the Republic of China government there at the end of the Chinese Civil War. Read More

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US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct

US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct

The national unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in November, according to the latest Labor Department memo. They climbed 2.5% over the 12 months ended in November, following a 2.8% year-over-year gain in October. Manufacturing payrolls dipped by 4,000 jobs in November, declining for a fourth straight month. "Let's call that a weak report", he said on Varney & Company. Read More

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Dentist at center of latest VA scandal resigns

Dentist at center of latest VA scandal resigns

The testing began after the dentist failed to clean certain equipment properly between patients, putting them at risk for HIV and hepatitis. The dentist was hired at the facility in October 2015 and saw 592 patients there. In a statement, the VA said actions were pending to "ensure that those responsible for this serious breach of patient trust are held accountable". "There are pockets of improvement that need to occur they still need to I'll be honest, and we are aware of where they are and ... Read More

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MDMA is going to be used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

MDMA is going to be used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Charles R. Marmar , the head of psychiatry at New York University's Langone School of Medicine , told The New York Times, noting that Ecstasy is prone to abuse and prolonged use can cause brain damage . Each person has an innate ability to heal. Ecstasy , the illegal and highly addictive party drug, just might make it as the next possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if researchers have their way. Read More

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Local housing authorities prepare to implement expanded smoking ban

Local housing authorities prepare to implement expanded smoking ban

Local housing authorities will receive no additional funds to implement the new rule and will have 18 months from early next year to start enforcing the ban. More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in the country's largest public housing agency, the New York City Housing Authority. "We're confident that public housing authority staff can work with residents so that that can be avoided". Read More

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NFL's Cleats for a Cause Week

NFL's Cleats for a Cause Week

This NFL project includes the stories from over 500 NFL players league wide. From Hodgkins Lymphoma to STOMP Out Bullying to HEARTest Yard, the players all have a clear vision for a cause . A hundred precent of the funds raised will go to the charities of the players' choices-all designated charities must have 501c3 status. That was made perfectly clear earlier this season when the National Football League told the Cowboys they couldn't wear helmet stickers honoring the officers who were ... Read More

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WPBF 25 partners again with Toys for Tots for 2016 holiday season

WPBF 25 partners again with Toys for Tots for 2016 holiday season

For those wanting to apply to receive toys, visit www.toysfortots.org, which is accepting applications until Dec 1. On Saturday, a woman drove up to the Toys For Tots tent and dropped off a check for $100. "No matter what nationality or religion, I think people know that children deserve a toy around the holidays", she said. "[They] just want to help each other out, make sure the kids are having a good Christmas that they're able to have". Read More

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2016 hurricane season ends with most number of storms since 2012

2016 hurricane season ends with most number of storms since 2012

The five named storms that made landfall were the most since six storms hit the U.S.in 2008. "A bigger surprise is what we've had the last several years, with a lack of major hurricanes making landfall", he said. That outlook does not predict specific ranges of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes. Matthew caused storm surge and beach erosion from Florida through North Carolina, and produced more than 10 inches of rain resulting in extensive freshwater flooding over much of ... Read More

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Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

Other prevention tips include staying inside and bringing pets indoors, closing windows and doors, turning off fans that bring outdoor air inside and covering ornamental fishponds. Prior to this case, all the instances of infection were travel-related. DSHS says there have been 257 cases of Zika in Texas through last week. They are asking residents, especially pregnant women , to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites . Read More

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Only Three Sports Effect Long-Term Health

Only Three Sports Effect Long-Term Health

And compared to the people who said they had not broken a sweat doing one of the given physical activities, the risk of death from any cause was cut nearly in half for racquet sport players at 47%. It found that people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons. The participants were tracked for approximately nine years. Read More

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