Category Archives: health

Oscar Pistorius in court for sentencing

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A judge began announcing Oscar Pistorius’ sentence Tuesday at the climax of a months-long trial of the disabled Olympic runner for the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa summarized portions of the case ahead of announcing if Pistorius will go to prison for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Masipa has a range of options for Pistorius’ punishment after convicting the double-amputee athlete of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in Steenkamp’s 2013 shooting death, but acquitting him of murder Continue reading

Thirteen high school volleyball players hurt in Missouri bus crash

(Reuters) – Thirteen high school girls on a Missouri volleyball team were injured on Monday when their bus collided with a car on the way to a tournament, the school said. The girls from Raymore-Peculiar High School were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the school said in messages on Twitter. No further details were immediately available Continue reading

Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his “white son,” inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs and saving Armstrong’s sound recordings, fan letters — and even handkerchiefs. “It’s the finest and largest collection of Armstrong material in private hands — without any doubt,” said Dan Morgenstern, the former longtime director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Continue reading

Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. Continue reading

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

By Aruna Viswanatha By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Continue reading

Missouri State Senator arrested by Ferguson police

(Reuters) – A Missouri state senator was arrested on Monday night outside the police department of the embroiled city of Ferguson, authorities said, in another night of protests following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. Continue reading

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

By Susan Njanji Pretoria (AFP) – South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation. Pistorius’s fate lies in the hands of Judge Thokozile Masipa, who will announce her decision after the prosecution called for 10 years in jail and the defence pleaded for house arrest and community service. The judge last month acquitted the double amputee sprinter of the more serious charge of murder over Reeva Steenkamp’s death. Continue reading

3,000 more on waiting lists

WAITING lists for operations in Malaga have increased by more than 3,000 people over the last year, claims the Partido Popular (PP) conservative party. Continue reading

China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years

By IAN MADER, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders’ plans for a controlled slowdown. The third quarter figures, released Tuesday, put China on course for annual growth somewhat lower than the 7.5 percent targeted by leaders, though they have indicated there is wiggle-room in their plan. The world’s No Continue reading

Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night. Continue reading