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Tentative agreement reached on U.S. veterans’ reform package

By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A tentative agreement has been reached by the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House veterans committees on legislation aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs healthcare crisis, their spokesmen said on Sunday. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who heads the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,…

Family of five discovered shot to death in Maine home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on Sunday, with a gun located near one of the bodies and no outside involvement suspected, a police spokesman said. The five, a father and mother in their 30s and…

Fracking to be allowed in UK national parks under ‘exceptional circumstances’

Fracking will be allowed in British national parks in “exceptional circumstances”, according to government guidelines announced on Monday as new bidding for exploration licenses opens. The extraction of shale gas through the controversial technique in national parks, world heritage sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty would only be granted…

Calls for more screening of donated blood in the EU due to levels of hepatitis E

One in almost 3,000 blood donors in England carry the hepatitis E virus (HEV) which can cause liver disease, said a study Monday that sparked a call for screening in Europe. Published on World Hepatitis Day, a study in The Lancet medical journal said a systematic analysis of donated blood…

Lightning strike injures nine on Venice Beach

(Reuters) – As many as nine people were hurt on Sunday after being struck by lightning on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, emergency officials said. The lightning hit near Ocean Front Walk, which faces the Pacific Ocean, around 2:15 p.m. local time (1715 EST), according to Los Angeles Fire Department…

Georgia cop shoots dog, threatens owner with arrest when he attempts to take dog to the vet

A Georgia man has accused a Dekalb County police officer of shooting his dog and then threatening him with arrest when he attempted to take the dog to a veterinarian in order to save its life. Speaking with 11 Alive Atlanta, Tim Theall said he could understand why the officer…

46 Keith Urban fans treated for alcohol-related illnesses at Boston concert

BOSTON (Reuters) – Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban’s concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about…

Spider-Man impersonator arrested for punching NYC cop in the face

By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began…

Frightened driver plows through crowd at SD Comic Con ‘Zombie Walk’ injuring three

Zombie Walk, a San Diego Comic Con tradition, turned deadly Saturday night as a driver, impatient with the ‘undead’ hordes, attempted to force his car through the throng before panicking and injuring three as he accelerated away. The driver, whose name has not been disclosed, was later cited by police,…

Pregnant FL woman dies after being shot in head by friend showing off his gun collection

A Brookesville, Florida, woman, who was five months pregnant, has died after accidentally being shot in the head Saturday night while visiting a friend who was showing off his gun collection, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, died early Sunday morning after being airlifted to Regional Medical…

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