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Game-changing heart failure prevention drug to hit US market in 2015

An experimental drug from Swiss pharma giant Novartis (Xetra: 904278 – news) reduced deaths from chronic heart failure by 20 percent compared with an existing treatment, according to the results of a vast new study. The new drug, called LCZ696, has been labelled a potential “blockbuster” with sales in the…

US extends offensive against Islamic State militants and Al-Qaeda using Twitter, Facebook

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm. Diplomats and experts are the first to admit that the digital blitz being waged on…

Campaign manager for Mitch McConnell resigns over Ron Paul bribery allegations

(Reuters) – The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign. McConnell is facing Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan…

Liberia bans sailors from disembarking from ships at seaports due to Ebola fears

Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country’s four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. Sailors on commercial ships can normally ask for a “shore pass” allowing them to get off the vessel and access…

With airline seating space decreasing, ‘legroom wars’ are increasing

To recline or not to recline? Airplane “legroom wars” are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and…

As vinyl record sales boom, Nashville leads the way

“This is the mother, the metal mother,” says Jay Millar, examining a brilliant silver disc on the machine floor of United Record Pressing in downtown Nashville. “And the mother is where it all starts.” Fifty years ago United stamped out the Beatles’ first US single and dozens of Motown hits…

Car linked to suspect who threatened Obama discovered in Connecticut

HAMDEN Conn. (Reuters) – A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, had asked state police for help in locating the car in connection with a…

9-year-old Oregon girl dies on beach after sand hole collapses on her

(Reuters) – A 9-year-old girl who was digging in a large sand hole on an Oregon beach suffocated and died after the sand caved in around her and other beachgoers were unable to dig her out in time, police said on Saturday. The girl, identified as Isabel Grace Franks, was…

Kidnapped child with brain tumor found in Spain with his parents

Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said. “Ashya King was found in a hotel 3 km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was…

Death of man after New York police restrain him ruled a homicide

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics. Ronald Singleton had taken the illegal narcotic PCP, also…

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