February 25, 2014 |
The manipulation of human genes could lead to profound advances in our ability to cure or prevent terrible diseases. But in some cases, it might also mean introducing genetic material that could be passed from one generation to the next, changing the human gene pool in a manner that could inadvertently harm peoples' health. Such "inheritable" DNA is a hotly debated issue among bioethicists, and one that an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration will review Tuesday and Wednesday as it considers whether human trials should be allowed for a new therapy that could prevent a rare but devastating inherited disorder.
February 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party's base. Obama's next budget will not include a change that would have slowed cost-of-living increases for Social Security and other programs, the White House said Thursday. The proposal, which was included in last year's budget, was reviled by liberal Democrats but billed by Obama as a good-faith gesture intended to draw Republicans into deficit-reduction talks.
February 16, 2014 |
Last June, just before the start of the U.S. Open, the U.S Golf Assn., with great fanfare, announced the kickoff of a campaign to address slow play in its game. The campaign, featuring TV ads with star players and actors, was called "While We're Young. " It was a play on the Rodney Dangerfield character who had used that phrase to express his disgust at a golfing slowpoke in the movie "Caddyshack. " Apparently, the USGA did not intend its message for PGA Tour players. During this week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera, which ended Sunday with Bubba Watson winning the title, the pace of play was slow.
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There is a compelling race taking place in the mountains that has nothing to do with Austrians, timing devices or finish lines. It's the mad dash to complete the Olympic Alpine events before the snow melts and Rosa Khutor becomes a water slide. The hill has held up well through three Alpine races thanks to meticulous course grooming and the injection of hardening agents (salt). FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The downhill portion of Friday's men's super-combined race, however, has been moved from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the hope one less hour of sunlight will help keep the track firm.
February 12, 2014 |
Eye-yi-yi: Viewers may not see much of Bob Costas for a while as the NBC Olympics host continues to battle an eye infection that has temporarily taken him off the air. "It's a slow process," Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "He's very frustrated. " Costas' health woes have become a hot topic on social media at the 2014 Winter Game in Sochi, Russia. The longtime NBC sports broadcaster covered the first few days of the Games, but the eye infection steadily worsened and over the weekend became obvious as viewers saw redness and irritation spreading to his right eye as well as the left.
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February 8, 2014 |
Kianna Jackson disappeared first. The 20-year-old called her mother on Oct. 2 and told her she was taking the bus to Santa Ana from her home in Las Vegas for a court date. The next day she stopped answering her phone. Twenty days later, Monique Vargas, a 34-year-old mother of three, left her sister's birthday party, telling family she was walking to the market to buy groceries. They haven't seen her since. Another 20 days later, Martha Anaya, 28, asked her boyfriend to pick up their young daughter because she had to work.