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  • Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent

    (Reuters) - The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday. Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40," was moved to Canada by his wife, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed on Friday that Kasem's body was no longer at the facility. Kasem had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Bill Clinton: Perpetrators of MH17 crash sought a divided world
    Bill Clinton: Perpetrators of MH17 crash sought a divided world

    Former US president Bill Clinton called Wednesday for strength in responding to the loss of flight MH17, declaring those who had downed the plane -- and provided the means to do so -- sided with a brutal vision of the world. Speaking at the world AIDS conference in Melbourne, Clinton said it "matters not" if the Malaysia Airlines plane had been shot down by mistake, and the loss of 298 lives was unintended. Addressing a hall packed with scientists, policymakers and grassroots activists, Clinton singled out Dutch researcher Joep Lange, praising him for tireless work in bringing life-saving drugs to millions of people infected by HIV.

  • Ukraine crisis puts Britain's Cameron on spot over Russian donations

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure over the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday after he was forced to defend a party political donation from the wife of a former minister in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government. Lyubov Chernukhina, the wife of Vladimir Chernukhin, a former deputy finance minister in Putin's government, agreed to pay 160,000 pounds ($272,500) to Cameron's Conservative Party at a fund-raising gala this month in exchange for a game of tennis with Cameron and Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.

  • Britain still exporting arms to Russia
    Britain still exporting arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Cameron has urged the EU to ban military sales to Russia -- accused of equipping and training separatists in eastern Ukraine -- and said Monday Britain had already halted such arms exports. The government promised in March to stop military sales to Russia.

  • As Cereal Slips, a New Battle Over Breakfast Dollars
    As Cereal Slips, a New Battle Over Breakfast Dollars

    Starved for growth at other mealtimes, companies like Yum Brands Inc., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Kellogg Co. are battling to change how Americans start their day. "People are time-pressed in the morning and know exactly where they're going, and that doesn't vary much," said Alex Macedo, Burger King's North American president, in a recent interview. Of consumers who eat out at least twice a week, 30% say they do so for breakfast, compared with 40% for lunch and 50% for dinner, according to Bernstein.

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing
    U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation. The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the rockets in one of its vacant schools a week ago. It found a second batch in a vacant school on Tuesday, but said in a statement that because staff were withdrawn quickly, they were "unable to confirm the precise number." In both cases UNRWA said it "informed the relevant parties," but did not identify who had been contacted. Ban "expresses his outrage and regret at the placing of weapons in a U.N.-administered school," a United Nations statement said.

  • Gilead profit more than quadruples on hep C drug

    Gilead Sciences Inc. on Wednesday reported profit that more than quadrupled in its second quarter, topping analysts' expectations on sales of its new breakthrough drug for hepatitis C. The company's performance ...

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