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A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday.

New platform offers improved in-flight WiFi

WiFi services on aircraft are notoriously inefficient: often slow and prone to cutting out. Too overcome this, technologists have developed an extension called ScaleUp that significantly improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

Dog previously abused saves life of freezing three-year-old girl

A badly abused dog, adopted by a Michigan family from an animal shelter, led its owner to a ditch where a naked, three-year-old girl was curled up in a ball and shivering. The dog is credited as a hero for saving the little girl's life.

Deadly fungal infection cases on the rise in latest CDC update

The number of cases of the hospital-acquired fungal infection caused by Candida Auris is growing, according to health officials. The majority of the cases seem to be centered in New York.

Op-Ed: Latina playwright's work is compared to that of Steinbeck Special

Playwright Lisa Ramirez brings to the Bay Area a deeply examined and richly textured work. It is one that speaks to our times. Yet as some critics point out, it also gives witness to the universal and the timeless.

Smartphones can be successfully used to track health

A review of smartphones and health apps indicates how parents can improve health outcomes for children. This is through a mix of appropriate apps and text messages.

Blood test can forecast heart attacks

A new blood test has the potential to predict some types of heart attack. It has been developed at by Prevencio Inc. and evaluated at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pilot passed out drunk before takeoff faces jail

A former Sunwing pilot pleaded guilty in a Calgary courtroom to having care and control of an aircraft while impaired. Unlike other pilots who have been discovered a little tipsy, Miroslav Gronych had passed out in the pilot’s seat prior to takeoff.

Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

The Philippines's tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.

Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer

Nine women are believed to have died in the United States from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, US health officials said Tuesday, with more than 350 cases of the disease recorded nationwide.

Review: Harvard Law School professor tells real U.S. Constitution story Special

What is it about our U. S. Constitution that gets everyone so stirred up? It is among the most referred to documents in recent history. It is a secular document but it holds an almost religious sacredness to it.

Laptops, tablets on airplanes: what's the threat?

The United States and Britain have banned laptops and tablet computers from passenger cabins on certain airlines' flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, citing terror threats. Why this measure now?

Treaty slows global tobacco use by 2.5%: WHO

Tobacco use fell by 2.5 percent worldwide a decade after the first global health treaty went into effect, World Health Organization researchers said Wednesday.

City living makes asthma worse for poor children

A new U.S. focused study has found that living in inner cities can worsen asthma for children in who live in economically deprived households. Other disparities relating to ethnicity, as well as social class, have been highlighted.

Op-Ed: Electronic device ban on flights may not relate to security

The United States is barring passengers on direct flights from eight Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic devices larger than a mobile phone according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Laptop and tablet bans on flights: What we know

Britain and the United States have announced bans on laptops and tablet computers from the cabin of flights from several Middle East and North African nations.

UK issues laptop, tablet flight ban after US warning

Britain tightened airline security on flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday, banning laptops and tablet computers from the plane cabin following a US security warning.

Hong Kong import ban deals Brazil meat industry big blow

Brazil's giant meat industry suffered a heavy blow Tuesday when Hong Kong banned imports in response to allegations that inspectors in Brazil were faking certificates for rotten produce.

US bans laptops, tablets on flights from Turkey and Arab world

The United States warned Tuesday that extremists plan to target planes with bombs in electronic devices and banned such equipment from passenger cabins on flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre shrine renovation completed

A major restoration project at the shrine inside the Jerusalem church where Jesus is said to have been buried was completed Monday ahead of its inauguration, an AFP reporter said.

Most U.S. teens who abuse opioids started with a prescription

According to a new study on opioid use among adolescents, most teenagers who end up abusing opioids first received the drugs through a prescription from a doctor.

Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandal

The fallout from Brazil's rotten meat scandal accelerated on Monday when China, a huge client, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban.

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

And the world's happiest country is... Norway

A chilly climate isn't keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world's happiest country on Monday.

Healthiest people in the world are the Tsimane

Medical scientists have identified the healthiest people in the world, or at least the people with best heart health. These are the Tsimane from the forests of Bolivia.

Iran pre-nups land thousands of men in jail

When Sadegh married his college sweetheart, he never thought he'd end up as one of those Iranians facing ruin and even prison because of huge sums demanded by his wife's family.

How immigration enforcement will affect our food prices

President Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants coming over the U.S.-Mexico border may end up having an unwanted impact on food prices.

Blueberries appear to boost brain function

The hunt for new ‘super-foods’ continues (assuming that there really are super-foods rather than sensible diets). Attention has now turned to the humble blueberry and its apparent ability to boost brain function.

Happiest cities in the U.S. revealed through new survey

Where are the most content, and by association, least content cities in the U.S.? Where are the collective populations happiest? In drawing up such a list, what is happiness and how is it measured? A new survey probes for the answers.

Typical urine level in swimming pools revealed

Many professional swimmers say they do it, but what about the rest of us? A new survey reveals the typical levels of urine in swimming pools, arising from swimmers going to lavatorial excesses.

Medieval painting may have earliest depiction of 'fiery Serpent'

Italian researchers examining a medieval painting may have found the earliest depiction of the "fiery serpent," or dracunculiasis, a horrible parasitic infection in which a worm up to 3-feet long creeps out of the skin.

UN urges China to act as bird flu deaths spike

The UN's food agency on Friday urged China to step up efforts to contain and eliminate a strain of bird flu which has killed scores of people this year.

Cutting edge: K-pop band praise plastic surgery beauty

Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country's obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of "Becoming Pretty".

State of Iowa sues maker of 'drinkable sunscreen' alleging fraud

Iowa's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against an Evergreen, Colorado company that is selling what it claims is "drinkable Sunscreen."

Some common pain relievers increase the risk of cardiac arrest

A new study published this month by cardiologists in Denmark has found that some pain relief medications are linked to an increase in episodes of cardiac arrest.

Op-Ed: Mystery writer Simon Hall is excited about new book Special

Just about everyone enjoys a good mystery; the intrigue, the danger and of course, the end when it is solved. But the U.K's mystery writer Simon Hall believes that mysteries hold a special spot in English literature.

Irritable bowel syndrome medication has safety concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has flagged a warning about a medication for irritable bowel syndrome due to a risk of causing pancreatitis in patients without a gallbladder.

Anti-anxiety hormone linked to postpartum depression

From a study involving women who had been diagnosed with mood disorders, medical scientists have found that levels of the hormone allopregnanolone are associated with an increased chance of postpartum depression.

Poland clears airport plan for takeoff

Poland's government approved Wednesday plans to build a large new airport outside the capital Warsaw that it hopes could become a passenger and cargo hub for central and eastern Europe.

Taiwan lesbian ordered to pay back groom

A judgement against a gay woman who married a man because of pressure from her family has sparked criticism in Taiwan as the island moves closer to legalising same-sex marriage.

Expert travel advice for entering Zika areas

Parts of the southern U.S. (as well as Central and South America) have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. With Zika there are a mix of myths and facts to be taken account of. To help readers decipher these, we’ve heard from a top medical professional.