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States weighing labels on genetically altered food
Written by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:08

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — States from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering requiring labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients, which account for two-thirds of the processed foods on American grocery shelves.

Currently, only Connecticut and Maine have laws requiring labels for food containing altered ingredients, known as GMOs. But those requirements won't start until other states follow suit.

Lawmakers in other New England states are pushing to join them. Efforts are also underway in dozens of other states including California and Washington, where voters rejected a labeling proposal last year.

Biotech and agricultural companies oppose the proposals and say there's no scientific evidence that GMO foods are unsafe.

Rhode Island state Rep. Dennis Canario (cah-NAYR'-ee-oh) supports requiring labels. He says that without federal rules states should let consumers to know what they're eating.


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U. of Okla. president: Lockdown likely false alarm
Written by KRISTI EATON, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:51

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The president of the University of Oklahoma says a campus lockdown likely was the result of a false alarm.

President David Boren said what was reported as gunfire Wednesday could have been related to construction projects near the university's architecture building. He said it was likely that noises near Gould Hall could have been misinterpreted as gunshots.

University officials issued a notice late Wednesday morning that shots had been reported near the center of campus and that people should stay where they were. Within an hour, police issued an all-clear for most of the 30,000-student campus, which is about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Boren said emergency texts were distributed within three minutes of the initial call coming in and that it appeared students and faculty responded appropriately.


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Gunmen kill six police escorting Spanish cyclist
Written by ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:05

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on Pakistani police escorting a Spanish cyclist through a volatile province bordering Iran on Wednesday, killing six officers and wounding the Spaniard, said officials.

The attack on the cyclist, who had just arrived from Iran and whose blog said he was trying to cycle around the world, came one day after militants in the same region killed 28 people in a bus convoy of Shiite Muslim pilgrims. One police officer said authorities suspected the same group carried out both attacks.

The Spanish cyclist had arrived in the town of Dalbandin, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) from Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan, on Tuesday evening after biking from the Iranian border, said the provincial Home Secretary, Asadur Rehman Gilani.

Local authorities asked him to stay overnight out of concern for his safety and then arranged a police escort of more than a dozen officers to take him to Quetta on Wednesday morning, Gilani said.

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Telescope spies water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres
Written by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that distinction.

Peering through the Herschel Space Observatory, a team led by the European Space Agency detected water plumes spewing from two regions on Ceres.

The observations, published in Thursday's issue of Nature, come as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to arrive at the Texas-sized dwarf planet next year.

It's long been suspected that Ceres is water-rich, but previous detections have been inconclusive. This is the first definitive evidence of water on Ceres and confirms that it has an icy surface, said lead author Michael Kuppers of the European Space Agency.

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Two sisters get lung transplants from same donor
Written by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:16

HOUSTON (AP) — They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments — like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

For months, 71-year-old Irma Myers-Santana and her younger sister, Anna Williamson, 69, had been debating who more urgently needed a lung transplant, each wanting the other to go first. Earlier this month, though, the sisters ended up in the same operating room, each getting one lung from the same donor in what doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital say is a first for their facility.

"It's never happened. ... We've transplanted siblings before, but years apart," said Dr. Scott Scheinin, who did Myers-Santana's transplant. "It's a little bit of serendipity."

The sisters both became ill about 10 years ago with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a little-understood scarring of the lungs that often requires a transplant and kills more people than breast cancer every year, said Scheinin.

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