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16-pound baby born in Texas breaks hospital’s weight record

WASHINGTON — A newborn who tipped the scales at more than 16 pounds (7.3 kilograms) broke the local hospital’s weight records in Longview, Texas, press reported Monday. The baby boy, named JaMichael, delivered by Cesarean section to parents Janet Johnson and Michael Brown early Friday, exceeded doctors’ weight predictions by…

Spanish surgeons perform first double leg transplant

MADRID — Spanish surgeons Monday performed the world’s first double-leg transplant on a man whose legs were amputated above the knee after an accident, officials said. Surgeons operated through the night on the man, who had faced life in a wheelchair because prosthetic limbs were unsuitable, said the health authority…

Does too little sleep lead to weight gain?

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Want to avoid weight gain? Maybe some more sleep would help. People who got very little sleep ate more but didn’t burn any extra calories, according to a U.S. study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that adds to evidence supporting a link between…

Japan idled reactors could restart after stress test

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s idled nuclear reactors could restart work if they pass the first stage of two-step post-Fukushima safety checks, the government said on Monday. Still, without a timeframe for the tests, concerns remain about summer power shortages that could hurt the economy. Last week’s surprise announcement that the…

Sympathy for Japan, but no to whaling: Australia

Tsunami-hit Japan may find sympathy from other nations at this year’s global whaling meeting, but this should not cloud opposition to killing whales, Australian minister Tony Burke said Monday. As the chronically deadlocked International Whaling Commission (IWC) is set to begin a four-day meet in Jersey, many Japanese coastal communities…

Taiwan to tighten laws banning shark fin hunting

Taiwan, one of the world’s major shark catchers, announced plans on Sunday to tighten measures against hunting the ocean predator for its fin, the island’s top fisheries official said Sunday. Taiwan fishermen are already barred from tossing sharks back into the water to die after slicing off the fin —…

First drug-resistant gonorrhea strain emerges

For the first time, international researchers have identified a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to treatment with antibiotics, scientists announced at a sex disease research conference Monday. The common bacterial infection, often called the “clap,” has until now been easily treatable with antibiotics but if left alone can cause…

South African oil refinery workers launch strike

Some 70,000 workers at oil refineries and related industries on Monday joined a week-old strike in South Africa, their union said, raising fears of potential fuel shortages. The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said refineries had ground to a halt as workers downed tools to…

Debris threatens space station as Atlantis docks: NASA

NASA is tracking a piece of Soviet space debris that could collide with the International Space Station, the US space agency said after the shuttle Atlantis docked on its final mission. The space junk is part of Cosmos 375, a satellite launched in 1970 by the former Soviet Union and…

Australia steps up climate fight, unveils sweeping carbon plan

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia unveiled its most sweeping economic reform in decades on Sunday with a plan to tax carbon emissions from the nation’s worst polluters, reviving hopes of stronger global climate action with the largest emissions trade scheme outside Europe. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said 500 companies including steel…

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