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Maker of device in 'superbug' outbreak lacked FDA clearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.

Evans, Cisse charged over spitting incident

Manchester United's Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (L) has rejected allegations of spitting at Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse (R) during their match in March 4, 2014Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations they spat at each other, the Football Association announced on Thursday. Evans has denied spitting at Cisse, but the Newcastle striker has issued a public apology for his behaviour. "Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by The FA following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015," the FA said in a statement on its website.


Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group

 "You are talking about massive propaganda." (AP Photo/SANA)BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters.


Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

FILE- In this Aug. 19, 2011 file photo, Cardinal Edward Egan speaks with a reporter during an interview in New York. Egan, who was Archbishop-Emeritus, 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died of cardiac arrest, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in New York. He was 82. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.


States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.


US race protests: family of slain teen to sue officer

Anthony Gray, attorney for the Brown Family speaks during a press conference at the Greater St Mark Missionary Baptist Church on March 5, 2015 in Dellwood, MissouriLawyers for Michael Brown's family said Thursday they are planning a civil case against the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri last August. The announcement came a day after the US Justice Department said, after a lengthy civil rights investigation, that it would not prosecute officer Darren Wilson in the racially-charged case. "We are officially in a process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed very shortly on behalf of the family," lawyer Anthony Gray told reporters in St Louis, Missouri. "We feel, and we have always felt from the very beginning, that officer Darren Wilson did not have to shoot and kill Mike Brown, Jr in broad daylight in the manner that he did," Gray said.


NBPA attorney: Union anticipates clash on age limit

FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in Las Vegas. An attorney for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday, March 5, 2015, that it will want players to regain the chance to go directly from high school to the pros in the next round of collective bargaining. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league wants to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday that the association will want players to again have the age limit for go pro lowered in the next round of collective bargaining.


Ringling Bros to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, four-year-old Asian elephant April rings bell during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuspre-show at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn. The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Mark A. Large) MANDATORY CREDITPOLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.


Pentagon to focus more on hack-proofing weapons

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons. "It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington. Kendall said he planned to add cybersecurity to the next phase of his "better buying power" initiative, and was also working on a special section on cybersecurity requirements to be added to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons.

Miles O'Brien's life lesson cost his left arm

 A Life Lost and Found," narrated by his friend, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, premieres on CNN next Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The documentary covers O'Brien's emotional experience in recovering from arm amputation. (AP Photo/PBS)NEW YORK (AP) — For television science correspondent Miles O'Brien, seeing on film the aftermath of the fluke injury that resulted in the amputation of his left arm above the elbow proved more difficult than he had anticipated.


South Africa to investigate spy allegations

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Thursday that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the head of the state watchdog agency and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

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