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By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri officials on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering a farming couple in their 60s in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (4.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Safety. Rousan was convicted in the murders of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and her 67-year-old husband, Charles Lewis. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay his execution.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 6:00 am
The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said. Benzene was found in tap water supplied by the Lanzhou Veolia Water Company in the northwestern city of Lanzhou on April 10, forcing the city of 3.6 million people to turn off supplies in one district. Last week, China blamed Veolia for failing to maintain water quality. Veolia said it was not responsible for polluting the tap water with benzene.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 5:47 am
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions. Fallin ordered the stay for convicted murderer Clayton Lockett a day after the state Supreme Court issued its own emergency stay for Lockett and a second inmate, Charles Warner, amid legal wrangling over drugs used in lethal injections. The stay issued by Fallin moves back Lockett's execution to April 29, the same day Warner is scheduled to be executed.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:57 am
A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld, spokeswoman of the state's Department of Human Services, said in a statement. The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return home, she said. A local CBS-affiliate reported the boy was living with his father in Santa Clara, but his mother lives in Somalia.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:51 am
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, leaving states that have opted for medicinal legalization struggling to control a thriving trade in medical cannabis. "The current state of chaos around medical marijuana has got to come to an end," said state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:05 am
Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said on Tuesday it and activist investor Bill Ackman made an unsolicited $47 billion bid to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc as it seeks to become one of the world's five biggest drug companies. The offer, if successful, would bring together two mid-sized pharmaceutical companies with expertise in skin care and eye care products, and is highly unusual as activist investors typically buy stakes and then agitate for strategic change. Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, Allergan's largest shareholder with a 9.7 percent stake, disclosed in a filing on Monday it is supporting the bid. Allergan said in a statement that it has received the offer, and will carefully consider the proposal and "pursue the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the company's stockholders." Late on Tuesday, Allergan said it adopted a shareholder rights plan effective April 22 that will trigger if a person or group acquires 10 percent or more of its shares.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 2:47 am
(Reuters) – Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly moving toward liberalizing marijuana rules following voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Many more states, including Arizona, allow medicinal marijuana and are grappling with how to prevent driving under the influence of pot, which can remain in the body even after users are no longer impaired. In Tuesday’s ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court found in favor of a driver, Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was pulled over in Maricopa County and later admitted to smoking weed the night before.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 12:32 am
By Caroline Copley and Paul Sandle ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline agreed to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets on Tuesday to bolster their best businesses and exit weaker ones as the drug industry contends with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition. The deals, which include Novartis' purchase of GSK's cancer drugs and GSK's acquisition of Novartis' vaccines business, came just after a newspaper report that AstraZeneca Plc had turned down a $101 billion bid approach from Pfizer Inc, a story that sent shares up across the sector. In addition, Novartis is selling its animal health arm to Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly for about $5.4 billion in cash. That would make Lilly's Elanco unit the world's second-largest animal health business when that deal closes early next year.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:32 pm
A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of the state's Department of Human Services said in a statement. The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return to California, she said. He ran away from home on Sunday and traveled as a stowaway in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 on a more than five-hour flight from San Jose International Airport to Kahului Airport in Maui, the FBI said.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:31 pm
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a death row inmate in Missouri whose attorneys had argued that Missouri's secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering. The high court's decision not to take the case comes a day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court stopped two executions there over similar issues. William Rousan, 57, is scheduled for execution at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (1.01 a.m. ET) on Wednesday.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:27 pm
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The South Western Ambulance Service chief executive says the service has “failed to deliver the performance required” in answering weekend calls to the NHS 111 number.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 5:00 am
High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests.
Posted on 23 April 2014 | 12:06 am
Violent crime is continuing to fall in England and Wales, according to a major annual project examining injury data gathered from NHS hospitals.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:52 pm
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:02 pm
Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), two of the world’s leading drugmakers, strike a multi-billion-dollar deal to join forces and reshape their businesses.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 2:38 pm
As Saudi Arabia dismisses its health minister, the Mers virus death toll continues to rise.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 9:00 am
A new virtual reality training simulator could significantly increase the availability of ultrasound scanning worldwide, according to experts.
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 5:49 am
Group prepares autistic workers for tech jobs
Posted on 22 April 2014 | 12:24 am
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 12:32 pm
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 5:49 am