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WHO Says It Is Ethical To Use Experimental Drugs To Fight Ebola Virus

(MCT) — A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, unapproved drugs to combat the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak, it is ethical,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of […]

Thousands Might Lose Health Insurance Over Missing Documents

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services began contacting about 2 million people about discrepancies or […]

Several States Have Tons Of Sun But Rules That Prevent Harnessing Its Power

(MCT) — Few places in the country are as warm and bright as Mary Wilkerson’s property on the beach near St. Petersburg, Fla., a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days. But while Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators […]

Clinton Takes A Step Away From Obama On Islamic State; Will Democrats Follow?

(MCT) — When President Barack Obama announced airstrikes this week in Iraq to address the humanitarian crisis and contain the alarming expansion of the Islamic State across Iraq, his reluctance was visible as he repeatedly said he would not send ground troops in Iraq. It was an ironic twist for a president who defeated Hillary […]

Scientists Find A Possible Biomarker For PTSD In Rats

(MCT) — Scientists have been looking for a blood test or other biological marker for post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose. Experimenting in rats, they may have found one. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers stressed out dozens of laboratory rats by […]

A New Environmental Dispute Brews Between Feds And Texas Over Water

AUSTIN, Texas (MCT) — Foretelling a new environmental battle between state and federal regulators, Attorney General Greg Abbott this week demanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back down from a proposal to expand the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The proposal “is without adequate scientific and economic justification and, if […]

‘Just Say Nyet’ Campaign Aims To Get Congress To Ban Seafood From Russia

WASHINGTON (MCT) — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may wind up helping the Alaskan fishing industry. At least that’s the hope of those promoting “Just Say Nyet,” a petition intended to get Congress to ban Russian seafood imports. Organizers cite Russia’s possible involvement in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over […]

FBI Will Also Investigate Fatal Police Shooting Of St. Louis Teen

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Hundreds of protesters converged outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri on Monday, chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” with their arms in the air after a night of violence when a vigil for an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police in a St. Louis suburb turned into vandalism […]

U.S. To Give Long-Range Weapons To Kurdish Fighters

WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Barack Obama Administration and U.S. allies are preparing to rush antitank weapons and other arms to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq who are battling Islamic militants near Irbil, officials said. The CIA had already rushed small shipments of arms to the Kurds in recent days as U.S. airstrikes targeted the militants’ […]

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

The CIA’s current fight to keep secret the details of its terror suspect interrogations echoes its long history of keeping the public in the dark, sometimes for decades. This latest skirmish pits the spy agency against the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s a fight, like so many before, over what stays undercover and why.


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