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American Cancer Society eases mammogram recommendations

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 07:05

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - In a major shift, the American Cancer Society is recommending that women at average risk of breast cancer get annual mammograms starting at age 45 rather than at age 40, and that women 55 and older scale back screening to every other year. The new guidelines, published on Tuesday in JAMA, fall more closely in line with guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed panel of experts that recommend biennial breast cancer screening starting at age 50 for most women. The Task Force's 2009 recommendations to reduce the frequency and delay the start of mammogram screening were based on studies suggesting the benefits of detecting cancers earlier did not outweigh the risk of false positive results, which needlessly expose women to additional testing, including a possible biopsy.

Police probe family deaths in Phoenix lake as murder-suicide

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 07:03
Early on Sunday, Glenn Edward Baxter, 27, "took deliberate actions" when he drove his family into the lake, the Tempe Police Department said in a statement on Monday. Police said officers who arrived first and witnesses jumped into the lake to rescue the family. It said the four family members were unconscious and taken to a hospital, where they died.

Philippines to deport U.S. Marine facing murder trial after sentence

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 05:19

The Philippine Immigration Bureau has ordered the deportation a U.S. Marine once his trial and possible sentence for the murder of a transgender Filipino woman a year ago are over, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is being held at a U.S. facility at an army base in Manila, has been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead on Oct. 11 last year in a hotel in Olongapo City, near a former U.S. naval base north of Manila. Elaine Tan, spokeswoman for the immigration bureau, said the U.S. Marine was declared "a risk to public interest for being an undesirable alien" and would be deported once his murder trial and any subsequent jail term were over.

The political education of Ben Carson

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 04:40

In 2013, Ben Carson told Glenn Beck that he had no plans to run for president. “I would be a terrible candidate,” he said.

Modern Underground Railroad: Crossing 7 countries and an ocean with Syrian refugees

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 04:40

Two journalists walked thousands of miles with refugees seeking safety in Western Europe.

Cattle rustling U.S.A., where 'Rawhide' meets 'Breaking Bad'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 03:28

Cattle rustling, a crime associated with the Wild West, is on the rebound in the heart of the U.S. cattle industry, driven largely by ranch hands stealing livestock to get money to feed their drug habits. The crime has evolved from rustlers on horseback driving their plunder across the range, often portrayed in the early 1960s U.S. TV program "Rawhide," to modern-day cowboys using pickup trucks and trailers to make off with cattle. In Oklahoma and neighboring Texas, lonesome cattle grazing on thousand-acre ranches that can fetch about $1,000 to $3,000 at market are proving to be easy targets for rustlers on the down and out.

Two California men plead not guilty to financial fraud in Islamic State case

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 22:39
Two Southern California men accused of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the Islamic State pleaded not guilty on Monday to financial fraud charges connected with their alleged attempts to support the militant group, federal officials said. Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, residents of Anaheim, appeared in federal court in Santa Ana to face additional charges of bank and financial aid fraud that had been added to charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, designated a terrorist group by the U.S. government. Badawi, 24, is accused of using federal financial aid intended for his studies to buy Elhuzayel a plane ticket to Turkey, where he could move on to Syria and link up with Islamic State.

Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom moved to Los Angeles for treatment: report

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 20:05

Former pro basketball star Lamar Odom, hospitalized in Nevada for nearly a week after collapsing in a brothel where officials said he had used cocaine, was reportedly discharged on Monday and sent to a Los Angeles-area facility for more treatment. Odom, 35, was flown by helicopter from the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas accompanied by his wife, reality television personality Khloe Kardashian, the celebrity news website E! News reported, citing unidentified sources. Kardashian, 31, who was in the midst of divorce proceedings with her husband at the time of his collapse, is nevertheless reported to have remained at her husband's bedside since shortly after he was admitted to Sunrise Hospital last Tuesday.

Son of late PM Pierre Trudeau becomes Canada's new PM

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 18:53

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians voted for a sharp change in their government Monday, resoundingly ending Conservative Stephen Harper's attempt to shift the nation to the right and returning a legendary name for liberals, Trudeau, to the prime minister's office.

Obama, budding astronomers look at moon, dream of Mars at White House

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 18:21

Obama was joined by budding young scientists who checked out a moon rock and took selfies with NASA astronauts and other science celebrities. Chief among the selfie targets: Ahmed Mohamed, better known as "clock boy." Mohamed, 14, was arrested last month when he brought a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school that teachers mistook for a bomb. Mohamed was wearing a NASA t-shirt when he was arrested.

U.S. appeals court upholds core of N.Y., Connecticut gun laws

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 17:34

By Nate Raymond and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday upheld parts of New York and Connecticut gun control laws banning semiautomatic assault rifles and large-capacity magazines, ruling the measures passed after a 2012 school massacre did not violate the Constitution. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld the bans on semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, but struck down a New York provision barring gun owners from loading more than seven bullets in a clip and a Connecticut prohibition on the non-semiautomatic Remington 7615. New York and Connecticut's gun control measures, among the strictest in the nation, were signed into law after a gunman killed 26 children and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

Democrat Webb weighing possible independent bid for White House

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:05

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb is considering an independent bid for the White House, and will hold a news conference about his candidacy on Tuesday, his campaign said on Monday. Webb, a former U.S. senator from Virginia, has lagged behind front-runner Hillary Clinton and her chief rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in opinion polls, along with former Maryland Governor Marin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee. Webb's campaign announced the news conference at the National Press Club in Washington with a short statement headlined "Jim Webb To Consider Independent Run." In addition to his candidacy, Webb will discuss "the campaign and his views of the political parties in the current (2016) election cycle," the statement said.

Benghazi panel outs CIA source, then tries to cover its tracks

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:37

The name of a high level Libya defector was hastily deleted from one of its public releases shortly after a Yahoo News report.

Sanders planning 'major speech' on democratic socialism

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:29

The 2016 hopeful says he wants to do it "fairly soon" but hasn't picked a date.

U.S. announces task force to develop drone registry

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 10:01
The Obama administration, faced with rising safety and security risks from a surge in unauthorized drone flights, announced a new task force on Monday to develop a new federal register for the owners of unmanned aerial systems. The task force of both private sector and government officials is charged with recommending by Nov 20 a process for drone registration that federal authorities hope to have in place before the Christmas holiday, when more than 1 million drones are expected to be purchased by consumers. "We’re going to require operators of drones to register their aircraft," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.

Hacker claims to have breached CIA director's personal email

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 09:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file.

9/11 suspect seeks to represent himself in Guantanamo hearing

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 09:25
A pre-trial hearing for five Guantanamo Bay 9/11 suspects stalled on Monday when one of them asked how to represent himself in the death penalty case. Walid bin Attash, a Yemeni accused of running an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, told his attorneys that he no longer trusted them and asked the court how he might represent himself. “We have so many problems in the camp that take precedence over anything we are discussing here in the court,” bin Attash said through an interpreter before the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, silenced him due to security concerns.