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Seniors who feel their life has purpose may live longer

(Reuters Health) – Seniors who feel their life has purpose may be less likely to die from heart, circulatory and digestive diseases and more likely to live longer, new data …

Trump says considering pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would …

Indonesia nabs Russian trying to smuggle baby otters, scorpions

An official of Indonesian Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) gives treatment to a critically endangered Eurasian otter, after being confiscated from being smuggled out of the country, in Denpasar, Bali, …

Judge blocks some funds Trump sought for U.S.-Mexico border wall

The Trump administration must temporarily halt the use of some Defense Department funds for a border wall with Mexico, a judge ruled on Friday, because the money was not specifically …

U.S. judge blocks Mississippi ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

FILE PHOTO: Abortion-rights campaigners attend a rally against new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states including Alabama and Georgia, in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2019. …

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Judge blocks some funds Trump sought for U.S.-Mexico border wall

The Trump administration must temporarily halt the use of some Defense Department funds for a border wall with Mexico, a judge ruled on Friday, because the money was not specifically …

Protesters demand end to killings of transgender women, Trump rollbacks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters chanting “black trans lives matter” and “we will not be erased” on Friday demanded an end to the killings of black transgender women in the …

Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban

(Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a law enacted by Alabama last week that bans nearly all abortions and …

Doctor, medical funder charged in New York in transvaginal mesh fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor and a surgical funding consultant were arrested on Friday on charges that they defrauded women into having unnecessary surgeries to remove transvaginal mesh implants …

Jayme Closs kidnapper ’embodiment of evil,’ sentenced to life

BARRON, Wis. (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge sentenced Jake Patterson to the maximum sentence of life imprisonment on Friday for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents, describing him …

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Cubs ace Lester (hamstring) to miss 1-2 starts

FILE PHOTO: Apr 8, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick …

Voynov suspended for 2019-20 season

Defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended for the 2019-20 season due to “unacceptable off-ice conduct,” the NHL announced Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Kings defender Slava Voynov is shown in …

2019 Masters: Rating the Rookies

The gravity of the event and the nuances of Augusta National are the driving factors behind only three rookies winning the green jacket in the 82 Masters contested since 1934. …

Golf: McIlroy to open Masters bid alongside Fowler

FILE PHOTO: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chips on the 13th hole during practice for the 2019 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., …

Red Sox activate second baseman Pedroia from injured list

Mar 26, 2019; Mesa, AZ, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA …

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Cannes prize for Brazilian movie sends message of hope, director says

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A Brazilian victory in Cannes has sent a message of hope at a difficult time for the country’s movie industry, director Karim Ainouz said on Friday …

‘Off the scale’ excitement for fans as Spice Girls reunion opens

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Fans from near and far got what they really really really wanted on Friday night when the ultimate 1990s girl band, the Spice Girls, opened their long …

On Cannes red carpet, ‘go big’ is this year’s fashion buzzword

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Enormous bouffant dresses decked out in lace or feathers ruled the red carpet at this year’s Cannes film festival, one of the of the world’s most …

Rocky star Stallone says he never expected to make it in movies

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone told cinemagoers in Cannes on Friday that he never expected to make it in the film industry due to an accident …

Ohio House committee passes bill to save nuclear power plants

(Reuters) – A committee in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted along party lines to approve a bill to save the state’s two nuclear power reactors from retirement and provide some …

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Trump says considering pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would …

Trump says to consider pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would …

Trump will tap ex-Virginia attorney general for U.S. immigration agency: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will pick former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Washington Post reported on …

Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban

(Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a law enacted by Alabama last week that bans nearly all abortions and …

Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 …

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First satellites for Musk’s Starlink internet venture launched into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk’s …

NASA executive quits weeks after appointment to lead 2024 moon landing plan

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on …

SpaceX launches first satellites for Musk’s Starlink internet service

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Thursday on a mission to carry the first batch of five …

NASA executive quits weeks after being named to lead moon initiative

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on …

NASA chooses technology firm Maxar for lunar platform project

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA has picked space technology company Maxar Technologies Inc as the first contractor to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a crucial outpost for …

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Seniors who feel their life has purpose may live longer

(Reuters Health) – Seniors who feel their life has purpose may be less likely to die from heart, circulatory and digestive diseases and more likely to live longer, new data …

U.S. judge blocks Mississippi ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

FILE PHOTO: Abortion-rights campaigners attend a rally against new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states including Alabama and Georgia, in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2019. …

For Anderson family, an early bet on SMA gene therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Malachi Anderson was diagnosed with a rare and often deadly disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) as an infant nearly four years ago, his parents …

Mexico budget cuts hit patient care and delay kids’ surgeries, doctors warn

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s hospitals are reeling under steep budget cuts by the country’s new government, with surgery delays for children, reductions in testing and staffing shortages, hospital directors …

Novartis $2 million gene therapy for rare disorder is world’s most expensive drug

ZURICH/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Friday won U.S. approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants, …