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  • ‘Psycho’ kangaroo leaps to freedom after rescue from Australian home

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A distressed kangaroo leapt over a 2.2 metre (7.2 feet) wall at a shelter on Tuesday and escaped into a forest after having been rescued from a home he had crashed into in the southern Australian city of Melbourne two days earlier. An injured kangaroo called Norman Bates receives a treatment at

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  • Australia’s drought is like a cancer eating away at farms and families

    GUNNEDAH, Australia, Aug 1 (Reuters) – From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of color and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Circular dry plow tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell of an ancient

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  • U.S. insurers grilled on exposure to $4.7 billion J&J talc verdict

    (Reuters) – Wall Street is trying to figure out whether the U.S. insurance industry will bear any costs from a record $4.69 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson awarded to customers and their families who claimed that asbestos-contaminated talc caused ovarian cancer. FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf

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  • Methadone programs for ex-criminals tied to fewer premature deaths

    (Reuters Health) – Opioid addicts with criminal histories may be less likely to die of overdoses or other causes during periods when they’re in methadone treatment programs, a Canadian study suggests. The study involved 14,530 people with criminal convictions who had been prescribed methadone in British Columbia. Researchers collected data from 1998 to 2015; during

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  • Overweight kids can slim down using video games

    (Reuters Health) – Obese kids may be able to drop weight with the help of an unlikely aid: video games. Special exercise video games helped overweight children drop pounds – and improve their cholesterol and blood pressure – while they were having fun, in a study reported in Pediatric Obesity. It makes more sense to

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  • Congress extends flood insurance program through hurricane season

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress extended the National Flood Insurance program on Tuesday for another fourth months, providing coverage through the hurricane season. The Senate voted to extend the program through November 31 in a 86-12 vote, hours before the program was to expire. The House approved the bill last week. This extension marks the

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  • New Models Drive Majority Of US Plug-In Vehicle Sales Growth, Analysis Shows

    July 31st, 2018 by Loren McDonald  New analysis shows that the plug-in vehicle market in the US generally only grows when new hot ticket models are introduced and that new plug-in models tend to reach peak sales levels after two to four full years on the market. This isn’t that

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  • California ‘fire tornado’ forced residents to flee in chaos

    REDDING, Calif. (Reuters) – The “fire tornado” that ripped through Northern California last week forced residents to flee their homes chaotically, many with their pets and little else, people sheltering in Red Cross evacuation centers said. A burned out home in the small community of Keswick is shown from wildfire damage near Redding, California, U.S.,

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  • Soccer headings may damage women’s brains more

    (Reuters Health) – Female soccer players may be more likely to experience brain damage from heading the ball than male athletes, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 49 male and 49 female amateur soccer players who reported a similar number of headings during the previous year. Half of the men had at

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  • Sanofi has been stockpiling drugs for no-deal Brexit: WSJ

    (Reuters) – French drugmaker Sanofi (SASY.PA) has been making drug-shortage contingency plans for more than a year to prepare for Britain and the European Union failing to reach a Brexit transition deal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a source. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Sanofi is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up

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