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Pharma data play larger role in Olympic drug tests PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the world's biggest drugmakers are playing a larger role in anti-doping efforts at this year's Winter Olympics: They're providing information on drugs that once would have been considered proprietary trade secrets.

GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen and Roche are among the drugmakers that have begun sharing "confidential research and data" with anti-doping officials about experimental drugs they are developing, as part of an effort to stay one step ahead of drug cheats.

The increasing cooperation comes as doping athletes move away from easy-to-spot drugs like anabolic steroids to more sophisticated, obscure performance-boosting substances — many of which were first formulated in pharmaceutical research labs.

"If you want to predict the future of doping it's essential that you have collaborations with the pharmas," says Olivier Rabin, science director of the World Anti-Doping Authority, which oversees the testing standards for the Olympics and other international competitions.

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California leaders push for smartphone kill switch PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.

State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and other elected and law enforcement officials said the bill, if passed, would require mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have the anti-theft devices starting next year.

Leno and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, both Democrats, co-authored the bill to be introduced this spring. They joined Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other authorities who have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country.

Leno called on the wireless industry to step up as smartphone robberies have surged to an all-time high in California.

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Homeland Security drones resume flying after crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is back to flying drones along the country's borders more than a week after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said an initial investigation concluded that the drone crashed due to a generator failure. The department is making mechanical upgrades to the remaining drones in the fleet to safeguard against future malfunctions.

The $12 million surveillance drone was flying a border security mission along the southern border when the generator failed and the Texas-based crew decided to down it in the ocean about 20 miles southwest of San Diego.

The crashed aircraft was one of 10 drones used by the government to patrol the borders from the air.


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Senators seek $30M for Great Lakes infrastructure PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:46

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to pump more money into maintaining harbors in the Great Lakes region, which has a backlog of projects.

A letter sent Friday and signed by 13 members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force says the region should receive at least $30 million from a spending bill approved last month by Congress.

Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Mark Kirk of Illinois are co-chairmen of the task force.

They say the Great Lakes are a vital shipping route for many raw materials, but their navigational infrastructure needs work such as dredging harbors and channels, maintaining piers and jetties and repairing lock systems.


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