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Venezuela launches its controversial oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro

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Since then, however, Trump's administration has slapped new sanctions on Venezuela , on top of those imposed by the preceding Obama and Bush governments, citing opposition allegations of fraud in several elections past year. But the US Treasury Department has warned potential investors that buying the petro may be in violation of sanctions that stop US banks from buying debt from Venezuela . Read More »

Google's new AI can predict heart risks by scanning your eyes

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Training deep-learning models on data from more than a quarter of a million patients, the scientists were able to predict the cardiovascular risk factors that were not previously thought to be present in retinal fundus images. By studying their appearance with camera and microscope, doctors can infer things like an individual's blood pressure, age, and whether or not they smoke, which are all important predictors of cardiovascular health. Read More »

Boko Haram Kills 15 In Borno

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State police chief Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the incidents to reporters in Maiduguri, capital of Borno, said a male and two female suicide bombers detonated themselves at the Kasuwar Kifi in Konduga. Suicide bombings have continued despite repeated assertions by the government and the military since 2016 to have defeated the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's northeast. Read More »

Report shows rise in flu-like illnesses

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Groups of people come from the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere to decide which strain of flu will be prominent during the winter season. DPH estimated that between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die annually from complications of the flu. The Louisiana Department of Health made the announcement today, as widespread flu activity continues throughout the state . Read More »

The FDA Just Approved a Blood Test for Concussions

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The current standard for concussion diagnosis involves a neurological assessment that measures a patient's eye, verbal, and motor responses. The test doesn't detect concussions and the approval won't immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain trauma are treated. Read More »

Tennessee children have died from the flu this season

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If the preliminary numbers hold, it will mean that in five of the last eight flu seasons, vaccine was essentially ineffective in seniors. Earlier this year, the CDC estimated it would be about 40%. "Some protection's better than no protection". So, now more than ever, it's important for everyone to take precautions to limit their risk of contracting or spreading the flu virus. Read More »

New Japanese study links slow eating to losing weight

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BMI stands for Body Mass Index, a ratio of weight-to-height used to determine whether a person falls within a healthy range. They found overweight people who followed the "mindful eating" mantra lost four and a half pounds (1.9kg) in 15 weeks, compared to other slimmers who just lost just two thirds of a pound (0.3kg). Read More »

Swansea boss declares Ayew ready for Saturday action in Premier League

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Although their last top-flight win may have come back in December, Dyche's side will be traveling to Wales coming off the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against the runaway league leaders Manchester City last Saturday. "I don't work in the circus, so I'm not here to make fun like a clown", Carvalhal said ahead of Saturday's home game against Burnley . "Paul Clement did a good job, he did exactly the same thing last season and they stayed up quite well in the end", said Cork, who started 25 ... Read More »

His West Wing rattled, Trump casts doubt on aide's exit

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While Kelly said in that second statement that "there is no place for domestic violence in our society", he added that "I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation". Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang: Seoul

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Moon, who was seated in front of the North Korean delegation, was photographed shaking hands with a smiling Kim. Katie Ormerod was an outside shot for gold either in the slopestyle or the big air but suffered two bad training falls, breaking first her wrist and then more seriously her heel, forcing her withdrawal. Read More »

Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager

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Koeman had already been earmarked in 2014 to replace Louis van Gaal , who left to join Manchester United after taking the Dutch squad to third place in the World Cup in Brazil. BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 103URGENTDutch FA appoints Ronald Koeman as new Netherlands coachEds: APNewsNow. Koeman made a name for himself as a coach at teams including Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, and Feyenoord, earning a reputation as a leader who can get the best out of his players. Read More »

CDC: Flu hospitalizations highest on record

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There have been no supply shortages reported. The Ontario government opened surge beds in hospitals ahead of the flu season to help already crowded hospitals cope with an anticipated influx of patients during flu and viral season. In a typical year, the flu kills about 36,000 people in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Read More »

Breast most cancers remedies might trigger coronary heart failure

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It said an unprecedented number of women are surviving the disease yet face a risk of developing heart problems, in part due to their cancer treatments . Heart failure is also a possibility with drugs that target the HER2 gene, such as Herceptin (trastuzumab) - though it's largely reversible, according to the AHA report. Read More »

The Spice Girls Confirm They're Exploring 'New Opportunities' Together

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The news comes after Victoria Beckham , Geri Horner , Emma Bunton , Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm reunited at Horner's house in Hertfordshire. Victoria, who is now a revered fashion designer, posted the snap with the caption: "Love my girls!" They emerged once more to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony in 2012, but an expected comeback in 2016 with Brown, Horner and Bunton failed to materialise. Read More »

The Groundhog Has Spoken: Six More Weeks of Winter!

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Last year, he predicted six more weeks of winter but we got a bunch of warm weather. If not, expect spring-like temperatures. With 132 years of experience (as his top hat-wearing Inner Circle insists), Punxsutawney Phil gave his annual Groundhog Day prognostication. Read More »

Railways and infrastructure get record allocation in Budget 2018

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Eyeing the upcoming assembly polls in Karnataka, FM Arun Jaitley said, "Rs 17000 cr has been allotted to create and extent suburban Bangalore railway network". "My target is to have CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi in all trains and all coaches", said the railway minister. Acknowledging that the demand for transportation in Bengaluru is so high and no existing mode of transport can meet the growing demand, the state cabinet favoured the implementation of suburban railway system covering 440.8 km. Read More »

Myanmar Says Richardson Asked to Step Down From Advisory Panel

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Responding to his departure, Richardson said the Myanmar government was doing nothing but perpetuating a "whitewash" and that the country's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi lacked "moral leadership". to pursue his own agenda", the statement said. "These human rights people, you know". "Among the circus of commissions over many years, the Annan commission was a rare exception" in that it produced actionable suggestions and criticism of government policies, he said. Read More »

WWE's Vince McMahon plans to start new pro football league again

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The XFL will kick off in January 2020 and play for 10 weeks, he said, suggesting the season will overlap some with the National Football League, which wraps up with the Super Bowl in early February. A selection of cities will take place over the coming months, after which time identities and logos will be announced, but that's all some time away. Read More »

White House doctor: 'No concerns' about Trump's cognitive ability

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His lectern-side manner was both professional and disarming - the polar opposite of Trump's personal physician, who drew ridicule with his medical pronouncements on the candidate back in 2015. Jackson said Trump takes Crestor, for cholesterol; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness. Read More »

City of Perris creates GoFundMe account to help siblings recover from torture

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The Turpin couple is being held on $12 million bail after they entered their pleas. Emergency dispatchers were not called to the home until the day after the 4-year-old was bitten, according to the incident report . "That would ensure that the child is in the presence of a mandated reporter at least once a year", Coleman said. Hestrin says all 13 victims were severely malnourished and as a result some have cognitive impairment and a lack of basic knowledge of life. Read More »

Sushi Lover Pulls 5-Foot Tapeworm From His Own Body

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Officially called a helminth , this is not even the longest a tapeworm can grow - Dr. Jessica Mason who was on the podcast said that they can go to as long as 40 feet. Banh and the patient were initially confounded over how the tapeworm ended up in the man's body. However, he admitted eating raw salmon sashimi on a daily basis, which the doctor suggested might have caused the tapeworm infestation. Read More »

Trump Trades Blows with Canada

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This decision appears even more fraught given the US administration's critical stance on the WTO; the Trump administration feels as if world trade rules are stacked against them. Canada says the United States is breaking WTO rules in myriad ways, including by retroactively applying duties on foreign imports it deems to be subsidized or dumped, and using the lowest price it can find - rather than the average - when calculating alleged infractions. Read More »

STEC O157 outbreak sickens 66 and kills two in U.S. and Canada

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American officials said that the outbreak in the United States was most likely caused by " leafy greens ", and their counterparts in Canada specifically identified romaine lettuce as the source of the infections there. "State and local public health officials continue to interview sick people in the United States to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started". Read More »

GoPro exits drone market and cuts jobs as revenue falls

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GoPro, while we are sad to see you go, we wish you the best of luck in 2018 and look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for your company. Despite these latest failures, Woodman remains upbeat about GoPro's future. GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO)'s stock had its "sell" rating reiterated by analysts at Dougherty & Co in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, Marketbeat.com reports. Read More »

Price at the pump continues to rise

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They are 11.9 cents higher than a year ago. Sunday national gas price average is $2.49, which unchanged in the last week, up a penny in the last month and 12 cents higher than this time previous year. Since last autumn's maintenance season was interrupted by hurricanes, this spring is likely to be more active than usual for refineries, putting the price hike on the higher end of that 30- t0 75-cent scale, AAA said. Read More »

American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations

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January is officially known as National Blood Donor Month . Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand. The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets , Type O Negative , Type B negative , and Type AB . Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations. Read More »

Trump Supports Sessions' Marijuana Decision, Breaking His Campaign Promise

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed all U.S. Attorneys to disregard Obama-era marijuana policies and return to the rule of law enacted by congress in 1970. Sessions' new memo does not explicitly set forth how prosecutors should treat medical marijuana, though a senior Justice official explained that prosecutors wouldn't do anything contrary to any current federal law. Read More »

Return or face action: TN govt to striking transport staff

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Taking a serious view of the strike called by certain transport unions, the Madras High Court said the workers should get back to work or "face consequences", including termination and contempt of court. The trade unions demand a 2.57 percent hike while the government insisted on 2.44 percent hike. Officials said buses were being run by utilising services of workers affiliated to ruling AIADMK-backed union ATP. Read More »

Virginia ticket worth $1M in Mega Millions drawing Friday

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The winning numbers drawn Friday night to claim the nation's 10th largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million at the same time for the first time. Players have plenty of time to purchase tickets for both drawings. And that's prompting people to buy more tickets rather than just one. Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. Read More »

What is a 'bomb cyclone' and what will happen when it arrives?

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Eastern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia will get as much as 6 inches of snow along with an accumulation of ice while parts of New England could see 12 to 15 inches of snow and wind gusts of 35 miles per hour by the end of week, the service said. Read More »

Sweden rejects United States call for UNSC session over Iran riots

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On Thursday, the Kazakh delegation to the United Nations said the Security Council will meet on Friday at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) to discuss Iran. British Ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the start of a Security Council meeting on the situation in Iran, Friday, Jan. Read More »