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Proposed US Budget Cuts Could Have Severe Impact on Health Security

When the ebola crisis erupted in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent staff to help West African countries contain the pandemic. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research and supported pharmaceutical giants to produce a vaccine that would save lives but not turn a profit. In his budget proposal, President Donald Trump seeks big cuts in spending on global health research. Those cuts could affect work being done to end malaria and AIDS and protect against other infectious diseases.  Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for an…

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US Navy: Dozen US Sailors Could Be Punished in Fatal Collision

About a dozen U.S. sailors are expected to face punishment for a collision in June between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippines cargo ship, including the warship’s commanding officer and other senior leaders of the ship, the Navy said on Thursday. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters the ship’s commanding officer, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed from the vessel because “we’ve lost trust and confidence in their ability to lead.” Moran said that in total close to a dozen sailors would…

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‘Sheriff Joe’ Could be Pardoned By Trump, or Sentenced in October

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted two weeks ago of criminal contempt for failing to heed a judge’s orders, has been branded by his supporters as “America’s toughest sheriff.” The 85-year-old Arizona law enforcement officer is the subject of speculation over whether President Donald Trump will pardon him next week when he holds a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Wednesday released a statement saying if Trump uses the event to announce a pardon for Arpaio, “then it will be clear that his [Trump’s] true intent is to…

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Enlarge this image Matt Twombly for NPR If you’re in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables. Feeding babies the microbes dramatically reduces the risk newborns will develop sepsis, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature. Sepsis is the top…

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Amazon Echo could go on sale in India in October for ₹12,000

Amazon is set to launch its Alexa-connected speaker in India during the festival season. We’ve heard numerous reports about the Amazon Echo debuting in India later this year, and it looks like the retailer has settled on a launch window. Citing a source, FactorDaily states that the Echo and Echo Dot will be launching in India during Diwali season, which falls on October 18 this year. The Amazon Echo is likely to be priced at ₹11,000 to ₹12,000 ($170 – $185), which is in line with its $179 retail price…

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Rouhani: If US Continues Threats, Iran Could Quickly Jump Start Nuclear Program

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country prefers abiding by the 2015 international agreement on its nuclear program, but that if the United States continues “threats and sanctions” then Iran could quickly revitalize its nuclear activity to an even higher level than before the deal went into effect. Speaking to members of parliament in a televised address, Rouhani said the U.S. is not a “good partner.” “Those who are trying to go back to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past hallucinations,” Rouhani said.  “They…

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Could Doubts Over Iran Nuclear Deal Hurt DPRK Diplomatic Resolution?

U.S. President Donald Trump again expressed his displeasure with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last week, calling it “horrible” and saying Tehran is not in compliance, leaving some to worry that the agreement may be in jeopardy. But what message does that send to North Korea, where a peaceful conclusion to the current nuclear crisis would be likely to end with a similar international deal? The Iran deal was negotiated between the permanent five U.N. Security Council members plus Germany. In exchange for limits on Tehran’s nuclear program, most international…

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This Could Be The Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found — And It’s Finally Got A Name

Many believe this dinosaur is the largest ever to walk the earth. It would have weighed more than 10 African elephants put together and had a thighbone taller than the man who helped dig it up. And, fair warning, it stands at such a remarkable height, it might take a little scrolling to get through its portrait. But for years, there’s one thing the big guy hasn’t had: a proper scientific name. Enlarge this image The massive dinosaur stands on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New…

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