• Study: Dying Polar Bear Connected to Global Warming
    2020-03-09 03:39:14 UTC

    Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier of the nonprofit group Sea Legacy, and published on National Geographic in early December, the video ignited a firestorm of debate about what scientists know, ...
  • Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
    2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half of April, the city said Sunday. Hospitals, key economic and industrial areas and densel...
  • Doctors can detect deadliest cancers through blood test
    2018-01-21 17:59:46 UTC

    The future isn't far off, according to US researchers: doctors will soon be able to detect cancer and locate tumor cells just by examining one blood sample. But is this new screening method as good as it sounds? <blockquote>Cancer of the ovaries, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colon and breast - one single blood test, experts ...
  • Women's March 2018 Rallies Across the United States
    2018-01-20 19:26:47 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters turned out across the nation for the second Women’s March on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration with rallies aimed at channeling female activism into political gains in elections this year. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Lo...
  • iPhone overuse could hurt children’s developing brains
    2018-01-09 04:39:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits. Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday th...
  • America's mental health crisis goes deeper than imagined
    2017-12-31 07:23:14 UTC

    The scandal of a US teenager locked up for almost four years without trial revealed serious failings in Mississippi's criminal justice system. But Sarah Smith, the reporter on the BBC News-ProPublica investigation, says America's mental health crisis goes much deeper. When I arrived, the sheriff was wary of me. I was a visitor to h...
  • Vietnam to evacuate a million people as typhoon approaches
    2017-12-25 19:34:46 UTC

    HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing mi...
  • UN: Poverty on the rise in US due to Trump's policies
    2017-12-16 07:19:40 UTC

    Already dismal poverty rates in the US are set to worsen under President Donald Trump, a top UN official has said. Currently, one in eight people in the US live in poverty. A United Nations expert slammed the alarming levels of poverty in the US on Friday, saying that the situation is likely to get worse under US President Donald T...
  • Joe Biden and Meghan McCain Share an Emotional Moment
    2017-12-14 00:56:10 UTC

    On ABC’s The View Meghan, daughter of Republican John McCain, connected with former Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that her father is now battling the same type of brain cancer that Biden’s son Beau died of while Biden was still in office. McCain began to ask him about the book, starting, “I think about Beau almost every da...
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw
    2017-12-03 08:06:38 UTC

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The favorites to win next year’s World Cup in Russia were given navigable paths to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain having reason to feel reasonably optimistic after Friday’s draw. <blockquote><h2>2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw</h2>Even hosts <strong><i>Russia</strong></i...
  • Women Who Use 'IUDs' Have a Lower Risk of Cervical Cancer
    2017-11-09 06:46:10 UTC

    Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception might have a lower risk of cervical cancer than their counterparts who don’t use this form of birth control, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data from 16 previously published studies with a total 4,945 women who had cervical cancer and 7,537 women who didn’t. ...
  • German 'Wolfskinder': the Forgotten Orphans of World War Two
    2017-11-03 06:17:09 UTC

    They were barefoot and they had lice. It must have been April 1946, but after so many decades, Erika Smetonus isn't entirely sure about the dates. Her mother hadn't survived the war, her father was missing. Smetonus was completely alone when the great expulsion and flight of the East Prussians began and tens of thousands of Germans...
  • What happens to your body when it's donated to science
    2017-10-24 20:19:03 UTC

    When Americans leave their bodies to science, they are also donating to commerce: Cadavers and body parts, especially those of the poor, are sold in a thriving and largely unregulated market. Since it's not regulated by a federal agency, there's no official number, but it is estimated about 20,000 bodies per year are donated to med...
  • Harry Belafonte: Hitler is not too far from our door
    2017-10-23 20:39:44 UTC

    Legendary civil rights activist, singer, and actor Harry Belafonte took the stage over the weekend at what he said would be his last public appearance and issued a stark warning about what he thinks may be in store for America. Ninety-year-old Belafonte, who recently said he thinks "the nation is at the crossroads of probably our mo...
  • Pope Francis Condemns Climate Change Skeptics
    2017-09-11 21:25:58 UTC

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said the recent spate of hurricanes should prompt people to understand that humanity will “go down” if it does not address climate change and history will judge those who deny the science on its causes. “If we don’t turn back, we will go down,” Francis told reporters on Sunday on the p...
  • Elizabeth Warren backs Medicare for All
    2017-09-07 16:49:43 UTC

    Elizabeth Warren backs Medicare for All. Bernie Sanders has not yet introduced his Medicare for All bill in the Senate, but on Thursday morning it gained an important supporter in Warren. In a statement, Warren said she based her decision on her constituents’ needs and added: I believe it’s time to take a step back and ask: what is th...
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 Supplements Linked to Cancer in Men
    2017-08-25 17:57:35 UTC

    (The Atlantic) Energy. If you’re not taking vitamin B12, forget about having energy. As The Dr. Oz Show has recommended, “End your energy crisis with Vitamin B12.” The nice thing about sublingual pills is “you don’t need a doctor, you don’t need a prescription.” And don’t get me started on metabolism. If you want to “supercharge you...
  • A Solar Eclipse Reflective Of America's Dark Mood
    2017-08-21 16:35:24 UTC

    Now America has a solar eclipse to match its dark mood. — The solar eclipse seems made to order for our current national mood. Darkness at midday? Just further proof of the gloomy times we’re living in. Pick up any newspaper and the evidence is clear: most Americans feel pessimistic about the nation’s future. Since 2009, polls...
  • Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91
    2017-08-20 20:05:33 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said. "Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of nat...
  • Roman Polanski remained a fugitive from justice
    2017-08-19 06:16:51 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski remained a fugitive from justice and that the court could not dismiss a case "merely becaus...
  • When to stop mammograms for breast cancer survivors?
    2017-08-07 05:26:06 UTC

    Older breast cancer survivors who may not live long enough to benefit from routine mammograms are still often getting them, while some who do have more years ahead are not being screened, according to a U.S. study. Most guidelines agree that when a woman has short life expectancy because of old age or serious health conditions, scre...
    2017-08-04 23:55:43 UTC

    #ObamaDay CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama turned 56 Friday and got a special present from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. With a stroke of his pen, the Republican governor designated Aug. 4 as Obama Day — a holiday to honor the 44th president's accomplishments. Obama began his political career as an Illinois state senator...
  • New EU aid to help refugees with rent and cash in Greece
    2017-07-27 18:02:36 UTC

    ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Commission will give Greece 209 million euros ($245 million) in new emergency aid to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card, the Commission said on Thursday. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern Europe, ...
  • 105-year-old Japanese doctor who was still working died
    2017-07-18 06:18:09 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - A centenarian Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died on Tuesday at the age of 105. Born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, Shigeaki Hinohara was for decades the director and pu...
  • Maths 'genius' Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies Age 40
    2017-07-15 18:46:03 UTC

    The Iranian-born professor, Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal –considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize – for mathematics, has died in the US. The 40-year-old had breast cancer, which had spread to her bones. "A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too...