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Woman had sex with 15-year-old boy

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:03
A woman who had sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy is warned she could face jail.

Feds want fewer anti-psychotics prescribed to seniors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:33

Some patients with dementia can behave in ways that caregivers find difficult: They hit, they yell. Sometimes, they get prescribed anti-psychotics.

The Food and Drug Administration says that such off-label uses are risky — people taking them are more likely to die.  A new report from the Government Accountability Office recommends steps for reducing their use.

Marketing efforts for these non-approved uses have drawn fire from federal prosecutors. In 2013, Johnson & Johnson paid more than a billion dollars in federal fines for improperly marketing its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. In March of this year, a Chicago psychiatrist pleaded guilty to accepting $600,000 in kickbacks from another drug-maker.

Not all adoption is illicit, says Dan Mendolson, CEO of Avalere, a health-care consultancy.

"A lot of the demand is driven by the patients' families," he says. "These are effective drugs, and the reason why they’re so widely prescribed is because they work beautifully."

However, they may eclipse other, safer alternatives, says Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at Johns Hopkins University.

"There are certainly some settings where clinicians and patients and family members are between a rock and a hard place," Alexander says. "But I don’t think it’s fair to say that there aren’t other options. And I don’t think it’s fair to say that patients are breaking down the doors, trying to access these therapies."

The Department of Health and Human Services has been attempting to reduce the use of these drugs in nursing homes. Today’s report looks at their use with patients in other settings.

HTC hints at Half-life VR game

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:32
The chairwoman of HTC tells the BBC her company is "co-operating" with Half-life for its virtual reality helmet.

Man dies after two-vehicle crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:25
A 55-year-old man dies following a two-vehicle crash on the A1 near Dromore, County Down.

Pupils hurt in incident near school

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:24
Two pupils have been injured in an incident outside a secondary school in south Glasgow, police say.

Sunderland win Brown red card appeal

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:22
The FA rescinds Sunderland defender Wes Brown's red card in his side's loss at Manchester United on Saturday.

Video Shows L.A. Police Shot And Killed Man On Sidewalk

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:20

The LAPD says a Taser did not subdue the man, who was struggling with officers on the ground when he was shot to death. Police say the man tried to grab an officer's gun.

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PM dismisses UK defence cuts concern

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:10
Prime Minister David Cameron dismisses concerns raised by the head of the US Army about the impact of cuts on the UK's armed forces.

Toronto tunnel: No criminal activity

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 06:05
Police say two men behind a tunnel discovered in Toronto last week built it for "personal reasons".

Netanyahu: Reports Of Decline In U.S.-Israel Ties 'Just Wrong'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:41

His remarks at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee come a crucial time for U.S.-Israeli relationship.

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Fire ravages Cape Town mountain

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:37
Nearly 100 South African firefighters are battling a blaze on Cape Town's mountain range.

Day in pictures: 2 March 2015

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:33
Images from around the world: 2 March

Eurostar suspended after track death

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:27
Eurostar services are suspended after a person was hit by a train on the line in Kent.

VIDEO: Riddle of Emwazi's radicalisation

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:22
Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never a cause of huge concern to staff at his former London school, his former head teacher says.

New 'Chelsea fans' racism claim

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:21
Police launch an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from a group of Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester.

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:21
Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the second year running by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.

Girl's parents get birthmark tattoos

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 05:11
The parents of a girl born with a large birthmark on her leg get matching tattoos in a show of support for their 18-month old daughter.

VIDEO: Chase 'magic pass' sets up Salford try

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 04:54
A superb behind-the-back pass from Rangi Chase sets up Salford's Josh Griffin to score in the Super League Show's Try of the Week.

Schumacher's son gets Formula 4 deal

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 04:45
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael, has signed a contract to race in Formula 4 next season.

New department names are announced

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 04:44
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson formally announces the names of the nine new Stormont departments that will replace the current 12 in 2016.

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