FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers
The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Previously, blood testing was ...
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Fed's Powell supports cautious, gradual pace of rate hikes: BBG TV"We should be on a program of gradual rate increases," Powell said in an interview with Bloomberg Television from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where many of the world's top central bankers have gathered for a conference. Earlier on Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech in Jackson Hole that the case for a U.S. interest rate hike has strengthened in recent months.
Fighters and residents leave besieged Damascus suburb DarayaFighters in the Damascus suburb of Daraya began to leave with their families and other residents under an evacuation deal on Friday, effectively surrendering the town to the government after a grueling four-year siege. Footage on state television showed buses driving past a large group of soldiers through streets lined with rubble. Only one shipment of aid has reached the area since the Syrian army surrounded the town in 2012, the U.N. says.
Italy quake death toll hits 278, state funeral planned
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was leveled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris. "Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still digging because many are missing," town mayor Sergio Pirozzi told reporters, saying, around 15 people, including some children, had not been accounted for.
Labour party says resolves conference security stand-off
Labour Party said on Friday it had found a new security company to guard its conference, avoiding an embarrassing confrontation with a union that had objected to the previous firm and threatened to picket the event. Labour, already in the throes of a divisive leadership contest, had faced a stand-off with the GMB union, traditionally one of its biggest supporters. GMB, which represents security industry workers, had objected to the use of security provider Showsec, saying it had refused to sign a union recognition agreement.
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Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) ? A photograph of a wheelchair-bound, crying elderly Canadian couple separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together has received international attention.
Governor's order seeks to make Minnesota more bee-friendly
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Gov. Mark Dayton sought Friday to extend a little Minnesota nice to the state's declining honeybee population by issuing an executive order limiting certain pesticides that harm them, a step advocates said positions the state as a leader in protecting pollinating insects critical to the nation's food supply.
Fed's Yellen offers dose of uncertainty to markets hungry for a clueTo markets hungry for direction from the U.S. Federal Reserve, Fed Chair Janet Yellen offered a sobering dose of uncertainty for monetary policy and the global economy on Friday, suggesting interest rates could rise faster than expected in coming months or just as easily crater back to zero. In keynote remarks to an annual policy conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Fed chief spoke of long term risks that could force the Fed into a new world of monetary policy including expanded bond purchases while also seeking to reinforce expectations of a near term rate hike. More immediately she provided a probability chart of where the Fed funds rate may move in coming months.