Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:01:16 -0500
Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:26 -0500
Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:22:23 -0500
Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corps back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based companys Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for gross negligence. The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:19:27 -0500
Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case allows second sanity exam at trial
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a Denver-area theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in July of 2012, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:02:40 -0500
The Importance of Loving Your Self
I recently did an exercise in my acting class where we tapped into abundance and played with the energy that it evokes. We got to see it, visualize it, hold it and touch it. When I awoke from the trance, I had a profound experience where I realized that for the first time, I truly trust my self and honor my self -- something I know I didn't...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:55 -0500
Health for the Holidays? Have Fun!
With this singular season of lofty ideals, crass commercialism, family gatherings, varying religious significance, aeronautical ungulates, indulgent torpor and culinary debauchery- euphemistically known as "the holidays" -- upon us, where should health figure in it?At the front of the line, I say. Have a good time!You might expect me, a...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:49:03 -0500
Ebola-related events in the United States and response
(Reuters) - Health agencies around the world are grappling with the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was identified in 1976. The following is a chronology of events in the United States and the government's response at home and abroad from the time the World Health Organization identified the beginnings of the outbreak in early 2014 in Guinea: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 50 people is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases in Sierra Leone. May 26: WHO confirms first Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:47:56 -0500
United Nations members resolve to end child marriage
By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year. The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with human rights adopted by consensus a resolution urging all states to take steps to end "child, early and forced marriage." There are now more than 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday, many in conditions of poverty and insecurity, according to U.N. statistics. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:46:55 -0500
FDA approves Purdue's painkiller that can reduce abuse
(This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties made by Purdue Pharma L.P., the agency said on Thursday. The FDA approved the once-daily drug, Hysingla ER, with the expectation that it will reduce, though not necessarily prevent, abuse through snorting or injecting. It is the second extended-release "pure" hydrocodone drug approved by the FDA. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:04 -0500
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