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APNewsBreak: Neurologist faces sex allegations in 3 states

A prominent neurologist, already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic, is facing a growing number of accusations that he preyed on especially vulnerable pain patients at medical facilities in three states, using his impressive reputation as a healer to trap women in long-term doctor-patient relationships marked by abuse. At least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have stepped forward to accuse Dr. Ricardo Cruciani of sexual misconduct that goes back at least a dozen years, either reporting him to police or … Read the referenced┬ástory…

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UN Security Council Faces Rival Plans for Renewing Syria Chemical Weapons Inquiry

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote Thursday on rival U.S. and Russian proposals for extending the mandate of a body set up to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Authorization for the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) will expire at the end of the day unless it is renewed. The U.S. mission to the U.N. called for a vote on its proposal, which like the Russian plan would extend the JIM for one year. The U.S. text calls for JIM’s experts to continue their work “in a manner…

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Shark Fin Trade Faces Troubled Waters As Global Pressure Mounts

Enlarge this image A waitress serving shark fin soup in a restaurant in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province. Environmental and animal rights groups have campaigned for decades against consumption of shark fin, arguing that demand for the delicacy has decimated the world’s shark population and that the methods used to obtain it are inhumane. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images At many Chinese restaurants in the United States, there’s a special dish called shark fin soup. It’s expensive — a delicacy and status symbol in…

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