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Area Health Briefs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HEART SERIES Baystate Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Health free lecture series runs each Sunday next month beginning Feb.1 with “Heart Failure: What Is It, How Do I Know if I Have It, and What Can I Do if I Develop It?” The talks will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave. in Holyoke. They …

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundations of a campaign operation and travel …

Kurds, US airstrikes dislodge Islamists

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobani last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege. As their …

Leftists win Greek election

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, …

Obama seeks bigger Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials …

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city, leaving hundreds dead

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential …

Ukraine says it has proof rebels attacked city, killed 30

Sunday, January 25, 2015

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The …

Apparent death of one IS hostage stuns Japan

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TOKYO — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to …

WHO adopts reforms after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of …

After dove debacle, Vatican makes balloons peace symbol

Sunday, January 25, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dove lovers, rejoice. Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests …

Keystone XL amendments had senators doing the unusual: voting

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Something unusual happened in Congress last week: Senators voted — not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday. In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough vote as they worked their …

Keystone Q&A: Debate is no longer limited to oil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President …