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4 years after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, questions about cleanup workers' long-term health

CHALMETTE, La. - When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.

CVS kicks the tobacco habit - industry waits to see if it's a retail rebel, or the future

It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and now a national drugstore chain jettisoning cigarettes for good, is this calculus starting to crack?

In tornado-prone Oklahoma, some better prepared than others

By Heide Brandes MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, a municipality twice devastated by tornados in the past 15 years, is fixated on garage doors, knowing they are a key to protecting the city from even more damage during this year's tornado season. Moore, in the heart of "Tornado Alley," where twisters frequently hit, will be operating this year under new building codes, arguably some of the most stringent in the nation, to protect people and structures from deadly winds.

Bouteflika rival condemns Algeria campaign violence

Ali Benflis, the main challenger to incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria's presidential election, on Sunday deplored violence that erupted at a rally for his rival east of the capital. Campaigning for the April 17 election was launched two weeks ago, with the 77-year-old Bouteflika widely expected to clinch a fourth term without taking to the road due to health concerns.

Violence hits Bouteflika rally in Algeria

Violence forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's camp to call off an election rally in eastern Algeria on Saturday, as tensions run high over the ailing veteran's bid for a fourth term. In contrast, Bouteflika's main rival, Ali Benflis, was cheered by thousands of supporters who gathered for a rally in his southern hometown of Batna. Campaigning for the April 17 presidential election started on March 23, with incumbent Bouteflika, 77, aiming to clinch another term but without taking to the road due to health concerns.

Review of New Brunswick politician's spending says claims were eligible

FREDERICTON - A review of constituency expenses filed by New Brunswick politician Greg Davis says with the exception of one duplicate payment, all payments he sought were eligible for reimbursement and had supporting documentation. Last month, the legislative administration committee asked legislature staff to examine Davis's expenses after the Progressive Conservative party had to cover $5,125 in rent for his riding office from February to June of 2012.

Denver Broncos - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Denver Broncos - INSIDE SLANT The Denver Broncos have gone all-in for the 2014 season, signing pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Aqib Talib in an effort to upgrade the defense enough to support quarterback Peyton Manning and the record-setting offense. What the franchise looks like 12 months from now is anyone's guess.

Experts dispel PTSD link to violence after Fort Hood incident

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mental health experts raised concerns on Thursday that the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in Texas would unfairly label post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers as violent, saying there is no data to back up that link. The U.S. soldier suspected of killing three people before committing suicide at the military base on Wednesday was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and was being treated for depression and anxiety, the military said.

Fertility drugs not tied to long term breast cancer risk

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns and some evidence that fertility treatments increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer, a large, long term study finds no added risk. Nearly 10,000 women who received drugs to stimulate ovulation were no more likely to develop breast cancer during 30 years of follow-up than those who never used the drugs, researchers report.

Spain town hires poo 'detective' to spy on dog owners

Fed up of dog dirt underfoot on its streets, a Spanish town has hired a detective to catch owners who fail to pick up after their pets, officials said Wednesday. The mayor's office in Colmenar Viejo, a historical town north of Madrid, said fines and warning signs had failed to coax some owners into picking up their dogs' mess. So from next week dog-walkers will be spied on by a professional "Canine Detective" who will prowl the town to catch negligent dog owners red-handed.
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