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FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.

File photo shows an Aedes aegypti mosquito inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring MonterreyBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its move to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about increasing cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects. The transfusion of a pregnant woman with blood infected with the Zika virus could have terrible consequences, Peter Marks, director of the FDAs Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a conference call with reporters.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:47:36 -0400
FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centersThe government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Previously, blood testing was ...

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:40:55 -0400
Striking miners kidnap, kill deputy minister in Bolivia

An Aymara woman arrives with a bouquet of flowers to leave for Bolivia's late Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Rodolfo Illanes, at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death Illanes Thursday, in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices. The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices. The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:39:45 -0400
Killing of 2 nuns leaves gaping hole in poor community

"Sister Paula was an angel," says Joe Morgan Jr., of Lexington, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, standing at a businesses adjacent to the Lexington Medical Clinic where he was a patient of Sister Paula Merrill, one of two nurse practitioners who were found slain Thursday in their Durant, Miss., home, a few miles away. Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, were known for their kindness and community involvement in the mostly rural Mississippi Delta towns. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) In the poverty-stricken Mississippi community where two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:38:33 -0400
'Making a Murderer' attorney seeks more evidence testing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" filed a motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive scientific tests on evidence she believes will show he's innocent.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:38:12 -0400
Trump campaign CEO faced domestic violence charge in 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) Donald Trump's new campaign CEO faced domestic violence charges in the 1990s following an altercation with his then-wife. The charges were eventually dropped after she failed to appear for trial.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:37:00 -0400
US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives for a new round of talks on Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)GENEVA (AP) The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a truce.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:36:11 -0400
Alaska identifies first case of H5N2 bird flu

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:35:58 -0400
The Latest: Valls: Burkini ruling won't end vital debate

A bylaw forbidding women to wear burkini is posted on an information panel at a public beach in Villeneuve-Loubet, French Riviera, southern France, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. France's top administrative court has overturned Villeneuve-Loubet's burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) The Latest on the ruling by France's top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:35:25 -0400
Mom convicted of killing girl whose body was found in ravine

PITTSBURGH (AP) A woman who wrote on Facebook that "Mommy loves you, my angel" after her 3-year-old daughter was found dead in a ravine in a neighboring suburb was convicted Friday of killing her by a jury that deliberated for four days.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:34:18 -0400
US urges all donated blood undergo tests for Zika

The US Food and Drug Administration has revised a previous guideline issued in February that recommended active screening of donated blood only in "areas with active Zika virus transmission"Donated blood should be tested for the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, US regulators warned Friday amid a mounting outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the United States. "There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," said Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:34:09 -0400
Clinton leads Trump by 5 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Truckee Meadows Community College in RenoBy Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Friday. The Aug. 22-25 opinion poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, while 36 percent supported Trump. Some 23 percent would not pick either candidate and answered "refused," "other" or "wouldn't vote." Clinton, a former secretary of state, has led real estate developer Trump in the poll since Democrats and Republicans ended their national conventions and formally nominated their presidential candidates in July.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:33:58 -0400
Apple issues update after cyber weapon captured

Researchers at Lookout mobile security firm and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said they uncovered a fierce, three-pronged cyber attack targeting a dissident's iPhone "that subverts even Apple's strong security environment"Apple iPhone owners on Friday were urged to install a quickly released security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by cyber arms dealers. Lookout and Citizen Lab worked with Apple on an iOS patch to defend against what was called "Trident" because of its triad of attack methods, the researchers said in a joint blog post.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:31:58 -0400
Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 photo provided by Ashley Bartyik, her grandparents Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other in Wolfram's elderly care home in Surrey. The couple, who are in their 80s, were separated into two different care homes a half an hour apart after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together. (Ashley Bartyik via AP)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:27:36 -0400
Saudi-led airstrikes reportedly kill 11 civilians in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen killed 11 civilians, including women and children, Yemen's rebel-run news agency said Friday.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:22:04 -0400
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