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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Teekay Shipping Corp. rose 13.7 percent to $66.36. OCI Partners LP rose 7.5 percent to $21.48. Heritage Insurance ...

  • Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents
    Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.

  • Drug, medical device companies paid billions to U.S. physicians, hospitals in 2013: data

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last five months of 2013, according to the most extensive data trove on such payments ever made public. The payments, disclosed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday, include consulting and speaking fees, travel, meals, entertainment and research grants. The names of the recipients of about 40 percent of the payments reported by companies were withheld because CMS had concerns about data inconsistencies. ...

  • Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing
    Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing

    The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone, images released by NASA this week show.

  • Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

    By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists. Ashin Wirathu, who once called himself "the Burmese bin Laden" said the agreement with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", was the first step in a broad alliance against conversions by Islamists in the region. ...

  • Despite insurance, 1 in 3 cancer survivors incur $10,000+ debt

    Even those with solid insurance plans find that cancer treatments leave them deep in debt.

  • Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings
    Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings

    When dinosaurs evolved into birds, they had to adapt their arms into wings in order to take flight — a process that altered their skeletal structure. The pisiform, a crumb of bone that helps keeps birds' wings rigid on the upstroke, had vanished in the birdlike dinosaurs that were modern birds' closest ancestors, the researchers report today (Sept. 30) in the journal PLOS Biology. "It is rare," study researcher Alexander Vargas, who leads the ontology and phylogeny lab at the University of Chile in Santiago, told Live Science. Of the few accepted cases of such a disappearing trick, the bird pisiform is among the clearest cases, Vargas said.

  • Two drivers hit 10-year-old girl in Seattle, speed away

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police said on Tuesday they were searching for two drivers who gravely injured a 10-year-old girl in back-to-back collisions and then "sped away" with her "still on the ground". Witnesses said the girl was struck in the early evening by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle as she crossed the street south of downtown, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. She fell to the ground and was then hit by an Acura sedan. "Witnesses said that both vehicles sped away while they tended to the girl," the statement said. ...

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