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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2015

Processed meats cause cancer, WHO reports

WASHINGTON – America’s love affair with savory, cured meats hit a rough patch Monday when a World Health Organization panel declared that processed meats – like ham, hot dogs, bacon and corned beef – cause cancer in humans. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer also determined that red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, probably cause cancer in humans as well.

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Intolerable heat forecast for Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON – If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says. How hot? The heat index – which combines heat and humidity – may hit 165 to 170 degrees for at least six hours, according to numerous computer simulations in the new study. That’s so hot that the human body can’t get rid of heat. The elderly and ill are hurt most by current heat waves, but the future is expected to be so hot that healthy, fit people would be endangered, health experts say.

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Over 260 dead as earthquake strikes Afghanistan, Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – A massive earthquake struck remote and impoverished regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, killing at least 263 people as it shook buildings across South Asia and knocked out power and communications to already-isolated areas. The 7.5-magnitude quake was centered deep beneath the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan’s sparsely populated Badakhshan province, which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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U.S. troops who sought strike thought Taliban had hospital

WASHINGTON– The Army Green Berets who requested the Oct. 3 airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Afghanistan were aware it was a functioning hospital but believed it was under Taliban control, the Associated Press has learned. The new information adds to a body of evidence that the internationally run medical facility site was familiar to the U.S. military, raising questions about whether the decision to attack it violated international law.

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In this June 9, 2015, file photo, a young fan eats a hot dog before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros in Chicago. On the eve of the World Series, where hot dogs are a staple in the stands, the World Health Organization on Monday labeled the all-American wiener, bacon and other processed meats as being “carcinogenic to humans.” (DAVID BANKS/Associated Press file / AP)

Hot dog makers, meat sellers shake off WHO cancer report

Hot dog makers and meat sellers say a report from the World Health Organization labeling wieners, bacon and other processed meats as cancer-causers is baloney. WHO said Monday that processed meats raised the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers. It also said red meat probably contributes to the disease, too.

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In this photo taken Oct. 1, 2015, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. With one week to go, Congress must act fast and come up with a way to raise the federal borrowing limit or face an unprecedented government default. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press / AP)

Debt limit: Key questions about borrowing, default

WASHINGTON – With one week to go, Congress must act fast and come up with a way to raise the federal borrowing limit or face an unprecedented government default. It’s commonly known as the debt limit, and increasing the government’s borrowing cap is a must-do task. The United States has never defaulted on its debts and bills, but it’s a politically toxic vote for most GOP lawmakers who insist the government must rein in its spending and are demanding concessions from President Barack Obama. The administration says there is no need for budget brinkmanship and the United States should pay its bills.

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5 Britons killed when whale boat sinks off Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Five British nationals died when a whale-watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island, the British Foreign Minister said Monday. One person was missing and the rest were rescued, some by members of the local aboriginal community who rushed to help. The cause of the sinking remained a mystery. The boat made a mayday call late Sunday afternoon on a calm, clear and sunny day off Tofino, a popular destination for whale watchers, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said.

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Bilal Sheriff puffs smoke from a hookah pipe at the Fusion Cafe in Anaheim, Calif., in this file photo. (BRANIMIR KVARTUC/Associated Press file / AP)

First-time tobacco users lured by flavorings, report says

In a nationwide survey of U.S. children ages 12 to 17, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has found that among those trying a hookah, electronic cigarette, cigar or regular cigarette for the first time, the numbers who chose to try their tobacco product with an added flavoring were 89 percent, 81 percent, 65 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

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In this June 10, 2010, file photo, an Asian laborer avoids the direct sun by working behind a wooden sign as he works on a manhole alongside a road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Parts of the Persian Gulf by the end of the century will on occasion be just too hot for the human body to tolerate if carbon dioxide emissions continue on current trend, a new study says. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press / AP)

Persian Gulf heat could become intolerable for human body

WASHINGTON – If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of the century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says. How hot? The heat index – which combines heat and humidity – may hit 165 to 170 degrees for at least six hours, according to numerous computer simulations in the new study. That’s so hot that the human body can’t get rid of heat. The elderly and ill are hurt most by current heart waves, but the future is expected to be so hot that healthy, fit people would be endangered, health experts say.

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Mississippi flag with Confederate emblem removed by Ole Miss

JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi removed the state flag on its Oxford campus Monday morning because the banner contains the Confederate battle emblem, which some see as a painful reminder of slavery and segregation. Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks ordered the flag lowered and said it was being sent to the university’s archives.

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Stocks lower in early trading Monday

NEW YORK – Stocks edged lower Monday as investors began another big week of company earnings and looked ahead to a policy meeting of the Federal Reserve. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index remained positive for the year. The index ...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prior to a roundtable meeting during an EU summit at EU headquarters in Brussels on Sunday. (Francois Walschaerts / Associated Press)

EU leaders move to slow migrant arrivals, provide shelter

BRUSSELS – European and Balkan leaders agreed on measures early Monday to slow the movement of tens of thousands whose flight from war and poverty has overwhelmed border guards and reception centers and heightened tension among nations along the route to the European Union’s heartland. In a statement to paper over deep divisions about how to handle the crisis, the leaders committed to bolster the borders of Greece as it struggles to cope with the wave of refugees from Syria and beyond that cross over through Turkey.

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Ex-Im Bank faces crucial vote

WASHINGTON – The Export-Import Bank could take a step toward resurrection Monday in a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives. Supporters say the 81-year-old federal bank, which dates to the Depression, helps businesses sell products overseas by guaranteeing loans ...

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