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Dentist Kills Elderly In-laws And Himself

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Aug. 6 (UPI) — The bodies of a retired dentist and his parents-in-law were found Friday shot dead in a car outside the dentist’s home in a Los Angeles suburb, police said. Dr. Martin F. Strassner apparently drove his in-laws from an assisted living facility to his home in Santa Clarita, shot […]

Philly Cracks Down On Teen Flash Mobs

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 6 (UPI) — A curfew for Philadelphia teenagers will be strictly enforced this weekend after a flash mob attacked two people last week, Mayor Michael Nutter said Friday. Under Philadelphia’s curfew ordinance, those under 13 must be off the streets by 10 p.m. and those from 14 to 17 by midnight. Nutter, in […]

Family Caregiver Program For Injured Vets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — U.S. military veterans may be eligible for a family caregiver program if the are medically discharged for a serious injury, officials say. Dr. Robert Petzel, Department of Veterans Affairs under secretary for health, says U.S. law, for the first time, provides a direct benefit to designated, approved family caregivers of […]

Women Describe Sex Harassment In Military

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A University of South Carolina instructor says her 30-minute documentary provides a glimpse of the lives of female soldiers who served in U.S. military. Cathy Brookshire, a USC speech, communication and rhetoric instructor, says female veterans broke their silence about their experiences in the military in the documentary “Soldier […]

Combat Vets In College, High Suicide Risk

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Nearly half of U.S. military veterans currently in college report thinking of suicide and 20 percent said they had planned to kill themselves, researchers say. Lead author M. David Rudd of the National Center for Veterans’ Studies at the University of Utah and colleagues analyzed survey results gathered this year […]

S&P Lowers U.S. Credit Rating

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s Friday downgraded U.S. debt from its current triple-A rate to AA+, a move an administration official called “amateur.” Citing government officials it did not identify, ABC had reported earlier Friday the administration was preparing for such a move. S&P said the downgrade reflects […]

How To Prevent Salmonella Poisoning

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) — With 36 million pounds of ground turkey being recalled due to reports of salmonella, a U.S. infectious disease expert advises how to avoid the disease. “In most individuals who are healthy, the illness that salmonella causes will be self-limiting, meaning it will resolve on its own without any treatment,” […]

Believers In Benevolent God Worry Less

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — People who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and are more tolerant than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God, U.S. researchers say. Lead author David H. Rosmarin of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital suggests mental health professionals integrate patients’ spiritual beliefs into their treatment regimens, […]

Hospital Death Rate May Differ From Survey

WASHINGTON, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) — U.S. hospitals that do well on patient surveys do not necessarily do score well on heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia rates, a USA Today analysis finds. The newspaper analyzed data from Medicare on more than 4,600 U.S. hospitals and found that 323 — one of every 14 — […]

Simple Test Spots Infant Heart Problems

BRISTOL, England, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A quick and inexpensive test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, British doctors say. Researchers said a study of 20,055 newborns showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available for such defects such as ultrasound during pregnancy or by […]

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