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Potential Treatment For Snakebites Leads To A Paralyzing Test

Each year more than 175,000 people around the world die from poisonous snakebites, often because they live in remote, rural areas and didn’t get to a hospital in time to get treatment. Toxins in the venom of snakes like cobras and kraits slowly paralyze their victims, who ultimately die of suffocation.

US senators push for special privacy advocate in overhauled Fisa court

Three US senators announced bills on Thursday that proposed the most sweeping structural changes to the secret court that oversees the legal basis for surveillance activities since it was set up 35 years ago.

UN team heads to Syria to inspect sites of alleged chemical weapons attacks

UN inspectors are to go to Syria as soon as possible to investigate alleged attacks employing chemicals weapons at three sites in the country.

Russia grants Snow a year’s asylum, summit in doubt

(Reuters) – Russia granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, allowing the former U.S. spy agency contractor to slip quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after more than five weeks in limbo but angering the United States.

Cleveland kidnapper gets life in prison after emotional hearing

(Reuters) – Ariel Castro, the Cleveland bus driver who abducted, imprisoned and tortured three women, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years with no parole on Thursday, after one of his victims confronted him, saying he had put her through 11 years of hell.

Detroit art museum warns auction could be death knell

(Reuters) – A top officer at the Detroit Institute of Arts predicts near-certain closure for the museum if Detroit sells major pieces from the 60,000 works in the institute’s art collection as a way to address the city’s dire financial situation.

Factory, jobless data point to firming economy

(Reuters) – Factory activity jumped to a two-year high in July and first-time applications for jobless benefits hit a 5-1/2-year low last week, bolstering views economic growth would accelerate in the second half of the year.

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