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On the Calendar:  Saturday, 12/6/2014 12:00 PM
A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS! OPEN HOUSE: Come by for the Christmas Open House in Farmerville and walk through our Victorian traditions exhibit, have your photo made with our Victorian Father Christmas, and listen to carolers singing classic Christmas hymns. Other special events will center around Children celebrating Christmases-past! Oh, one more thing: WE WILL BE MAKING SNOW!!! Calendar

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Cricket-Australia's Hughes continues to fight for life

* Batsman's condition remains critical after scans * Domestic cricket matches called off as mark of respect (Adds details, quotes) SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Australia cricketer Phil Hughes was still fighting for his life on Wednesday as family and friends kept vigil at his hospital bedside. Hughes remains in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a bouncer, a devastating blow that experts likened to the trauma experienced by car crash victims. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:12:50 -0500
Cricket-Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Phillip Hughes' fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s. Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:02:48 -0500
Kenyan women pay the price for slum water "mafias"

A woman washes her clothes by a wall with various campaign posters in the Kibera slum in NairobiBy Katy Migiro and Magdalena Mis NAIROBI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum. Seven hours later, bullet-grey skies drizzled on and off, but the women stuck by their yellow jerrycans in the glutinous mud, awaiting their turn at the precious water tap. "Water is life," said Judith Makhoha, a mother of three, who was buying 200 litres of water to do her laundry. "You can't live without water. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:59:51 -0500
Militants kill four polio workers in Pakistan

A policeman looks into a van, which was carrying workers of an anti-polio drive campaign and attacked by gunmen, after it was brought to a hospital in QuettaBy Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Islamabad (Reuters) - Gunmen killed three Pakistani women polio workers and their driver on Wednesday, police said, in the most deadly attack on the health workers in two years. Teams in Pakistan working to immunize children against polio are often targeted by Taliban militants, who say the campaign is a cover for Western spies, or accuse workers of distributing vaccines designed to sterilize children. The women were attacked on their way to meet a police escort, said police official Asad Raza in the southwestern city of Quetta. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:56:16 -0500
South African toddlers "swapped at birth" shouldn't be exchanged: court adviser

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two South African toddlers accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with the families who raised them and not be returned to their biological parents, a court-appointed expert said on Wednesday. The two children, a boy and a girl who are now aged four, were born on the same day in 2010 at a Johannesburg hospital but ended up being taken home and raised by the wrong parents after nurses mixed up their identities. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:59:51 -0500
India to raise age for tobacco purchases, ban single sales

An Indian smoker purchases a single cigarette from a roadside shop in New Delhi on November 26, 2014Health campaigners Wednesday welcomed India's plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing them as a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year. Health Minister J. P. Nadda told parliament on Tuesday he was drawing up legislation to raise the minimum legal age for buying tobacco products, currently 18, and to force vendors only to sell full packets of cigarettes. The plans, proposed by an expert panel, will need final approval by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet and parliament to become law. "This is a very welcome move by the government," Binoy Mathew, spokesman for the non-profit Voluntary Health Association of India, told AFP.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:39:18 -0500
South Korea to fly medical workers to Europe if infected fighting Ebola

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday that Britain had agreed to evacuate any South Korean medical workers who may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working at a British-run clinic in Sierra Leone for treatment. Seoul will send a team of 10 medical workers next month to work at the new treatment centre in Goderich outside the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown where they will join British and American volunteer personnel. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:36:48 -0500
New Australian treatment could save wounded soldiers

Australian scientists claim to have developed a "breakthrough treatment" to help soldiers severely wounded in battle, with the US to fund further researchResearchers claim it could be the first big advance in treating battlefield casualties since the Vietnam War, with the potential to dramatically reduce deaths in the field. "In the last 10 years, about 5,000 allied soldiers have died on the battlefield (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and 87 percent happen in the first 30 minutes before they can even get to a treatment centre, so that is the key time," Geoffrey Dobson of James Cook University, who developed the treatment, told AFP. Dobson's therapy, developed with research associate Hayley Letson, increases the chances of survival for injured soldiers in remote areas by raising blood pressure in the vital first few minutes after they are wounded.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:21:39 -0500
Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan

Pakistani volunteers carry an injured polio female health worker to a hospital in Quetta on November 26, 2014Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunisation drive, officials said.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:18:02 -0500
AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard

FILE - in this July 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inhofe, who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said in a statement late Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2104, that a stricter standard to be announced Wednesday by the Obama administration on smog-forming pollution allowed in the air "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." He vowed "vigorous oversight" of the proposal in his new position. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic and controversial moves by the administration to improve air quality.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:17:41 -0500
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