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June 2, 2018 1:00 PM New questions about old Canadian study foreshadowing opioid crisis

U.S. documents reveal Purdue officials discussed street value of opioids: New York Times This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. More than 20 years ago, a team of Vancouver doctors discovered disturbing signs of a future opioid 11

February 3, 2018 5:52 PM Pilot killed after Syrian rebels down Russian warplane

Plane crashed close to key highway connecting Damascus and Aleppo A Russian pilot who ejected from his fighter jet after it was shot down in northwestern Syria on Saturday was killed by militants after he landed alive on the ground and resisted capture by an al-Qaeda-linked group, Syrian monitors and a Syrian militant said. The Russian news agency TASS quoted 25

October 23, 2017 7:37 PM Tragically Hip music sales jump 1,000% after Gord Downie's death

TORONTO — Fans of the Tragically Hip flocked to the band’s music as they mourned the death of singer Gord Downie, which drove a huge boost in sales, streams and radio play. Eleven albums by the Kingston, Ont., rockers climbed onto the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the week that ended Oct. 19. It was the previous day that Downie’s family announced 34

October 22, 2017 2:15 PM Syria’s largest oilfield captured from Daesh in push by allied forces

The Al-Omar field had been taken by Daesh in 2014, and was a key source of revenue for the extremists, as it produced 9,000 barrels of oil per day. BEIRUT—The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oilfield from Daesh, also known as ISIS, on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government 31

October 19, 2017 8:18 PM Florida: Anti-racists rally against Richard Spencer

Anticipating clashes over alt-right leader's speech, Florida's governor declares a state of emergency. Chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA", protesters marched on the University of Florida's (UF) Gainesville campus to rally against a speech by white supremacist Richard Spencer. Livestream video of the demonstration showed community members, anti-racists 26

October 19, 2017 6:47 PM Hundreds protest white nationalist Richard Spencer at University of Florida

School says no one at the university invited him, but it was obliged by law to allow event Several hundred protesters marched at the University of Florida on Thursday to denounce a speech by a white nationalist, saying his white supremacy message had no place on the campus that was filled with police and barricades to guard against unrest. Richard Spencer's 17

October 12, 2017 7:50 AM Deadly and vast California wildfires could gain momentum in dry winds

23 dead so far, with 3,500 homes and buildings destroyed Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history could gain momentum Thursday and erase even the modest gains firefighters have made. Steady winds with gusts up to 72 km/h with nearly non-existent humidity are expected to descend on the areas 20

September 19, 2017 7:03 PM Buildings on fire, people trapped in Mexico City following earthquake

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. People were trapped inside various buildings that caught fire in Mexico City, a civil protection official told local TV. The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly 21

September 18, 2017 2:01 PM U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox controllers for new periscope systems

NORFOLK, Va. -- The U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its newer submarines. The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, reported Saturday that the Navy's Virginia-class subs don't have a traditional rotating periscope. They're being replaced by high-resolution cameras and large monitors. They can be controlled by a helicopter-style 27

September 17, 2017 3:30 PM Aid group warns fleeing Rohingya could die due to lack of food, water, shelter

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water, given the huge numbers fleeing violence in Myanmar, an aid agency warned on Sunday, as authorities began moving people to camps to streamline the distribution of help. Nearly 410,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled from Myanmar's western Rakhine state to Bangladesh 20