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Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

NEW YORK (AP) A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:07:53 -0400
Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

FILE - This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows different strains of marijuana displayed for sale at The Clinic, a Denver-based dispensary with several outlets, in Denver. Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nations largest swing-state see the prospect of legal medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this years midterm elections. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)MIAMI (AP) Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:45:43 -0400
In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

In this photograph taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014, a Ugandan nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, sits in court in the capital Kampala, Uganda. She is accused of injecting a two year old boy Mathew Mushabe with HIV/Aids virus. Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse" after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient. (AP Photo)KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:43:30 -0400
Abbott beats profit forecast, but sales lag

(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, but sales came in slightly below Wall Street expectations. The company on Wednesday said it earned $375 million, or 24 cents per share in the first quarter. That compared with $544 million, or 34 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter, when Abbott took charges for licensing and acquisitions. Excluding special charges, Abbott earned 41 cents per share. Analysts, on average, were expecting 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:24:34 -0400
Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

A stray dog is taken from the street by dog catchers in BucharestBy Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:32:02 -0400
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