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Health warning over opioid painkillers and pregnancy

Washington - Opioid medications are commonly used among women of reproductive age. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that taking these medications early in pregnancy can increase the risk for some birth defects.

U.S. recalls two million cars again over airbag defect

Washington - U.S. transport authorities have recalled more than two million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles for a second time over faulty airbags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.

Dartmouth campus bans hard liquor in crackdown on binge drinking

Hanover - In an effort to stem sexual violence that has become prevalent on many college campuses, Dartmouth College is banning hard liquor on campus. The college will institute more on-campus social alternatives to partying in the hopes of curbing this problem.

Op-Ed: Goodell, NFL want us to forget Deflate-gate but Go, Hawks, Go!

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft tried to manipulate us into forgetting Deflate-gate so the game's big day can go on without being besmirched. Fans fell for it and the issue seems closed but we can exact revenge.

After 150 years, the H.L. Hunley ready to reveal its secrets

Charleston - It has taken 15 years of careful, painful restoration, but conservationists and historians are finally on the brink of discovering what sank the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

After Paris attacks, calls to tighten U.S. visa rules

Washington - U.S. politicians are calling for changes to a law that allows Europeans and other foreigners to enter the country without visas, citing fears that jihadists could exploit the rules to stage attacks on American soil.

Youth makeup company Bonne Bell closing shop

Westlake - Back in the 70s and 80s every teen girl had at least one tube of Lip Smackers in her purse. The coveted colourful tubes contained lip gloss with flavours like Dr Pepper and Sour Grapes has been manufactured by Bonne Bell since 1973.

U.S. top court weighs use of lethal injection drug

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court is due to review the use of lethal injection drugs following several bungled executions that saw inmates gasping for air during prolonged killings. The court will revisit the 2008 "Baze vs.

Comcast labels customer 'A-hole' in new low for the company

For a long time, Comcast has been notorious among its customers for poor customer service, but in its latest stunt the giant telecom company proves its detractors correct and proves that the company is the problem, not its customers.

Op-Ed: School vouchers and 'school choice' may be thorny issue for Bush

Austin - George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's son and rising political star in Texas, attended a "school choice" rally in Austin and argued that citizens should be able to remove their kids from public schools and put them in charter and private schools. It's a bad move.

Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown dims as Jan.31 deadline expires

The deadline that was imposed by Manny Pacquiao on Mayweather to sign their fight contract that was calendared for May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena has expired today (Philippine time) fueling speculations that Pacquiao will no longer pursue the fight.

Op-Ed: Vaccination controversy creates furor in wake of measles outbreak

Is it ethically appropriate for a doctor to declare vaccines should not be given, even as there is a measles outbreak in the United States? Is it right for a doctor to refuse children as patients whose parents disallow vaccinations?

Framing ties with Russia in a 'post' post-Cold War era

Washington - Whatever happened to that reset button Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart in 2009 as a sign of renewed ties? No doubt gathering dust, while the West figures out how to handle Moscow now.

Warming oceans triggering population explosion of marine animals

Along the Central and Northern California coastline, observers are seeing an explosion of bright pink, inch-long sea slugs in the tide pools. Scientists are saying the "population boom" of these sea slugs this far north was predicted in 2011.

Women paid far less than men in universities

Why are there so few women in academia? New research suggests that perceptions of a need for brilliance to excel in a field of study contribute to its relatively low numbers of women.

UFO site says alien spacecraft, not moon, passed with asteroid

NASA has released information on asteroid 2014 BL86, which passed by Earth on Monday, but at least one group is not buying it. The object orbiting around the asteroid is a moon, NASA claimed, but some UFO trackers say that is not the case.

Disabled mugging victim fund reaches $200k in two days

Gateshead - On Sunday night, 67-year-old disabled man Alan Barnes, went outside to empty his recycling bin, when a thug knocked him to the ground and attempted to rob him. The shocking incident occurred right outside his home in Hillside Place, Low Fell in England.

Floyd-Pacman fight announcement expected on Sunday's Super Bowl

The official announcement for the fight deal between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be made on Sunday's Super Bowl between Seattle Seahawks and the three-time titlists New England Patriots.

Woman finds bricks of marijuana hidden in used van

A woman in New Mexico bought a 1990 Chevrolet van back in 2001 and has been driving herself and her grandkids around in it since. Unknown to her the entire time there were five bricks of marijuana hidden in a side-door of the vehicle.

TMZ says Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao deal done, fight May 2

It has been some five years in the making but boxing fans will just be happy it is here: a contract between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has been negotiated. TMZ Sports said a source told them the two sides came to an agreement Friday afternoon.
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