World Topics

Sep 12, 2014

FDA approves weight-loss drug Contrave

U.S. regulators are greenlighting a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for anti-obesity treatments. The drug was developed by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., based in La Jolla, California. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it is approved ...

Sep 11, 2014

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

Researchers have produced digital maps of what lies beneath Stonehenge, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil beneath the famous stone circle. The project produced detailed maps of 17 previously unknown ritual monuments and a huge timber ...

Sep 11, 2014

Australian is isolated in Ebola scare

An Australian was isolated in a hospital Thursday after he displayed symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus following a trip to Africa, health officials said. The man, in his 20s, was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland state by paramedics wearing full ...

Ebola overwhelming health services, economies across West Africa

Sep 11, 2014

Ebola overwhelming health services, economies across West Africa

Health workers in Liberia reported being overwhelmed by new Ebola cases on Wednesday, as the epidemic was blamed for shattering economic growth in neighboring Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has predicted an “exponential increase” in infections across West Africa, and warned that Liberia ...

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Bird populations across the United States are shrinking largely due to development, with the steepest declines in Western states, according to a scientific report released on Tuesday. Described as the most comprehensive review ever of long-term trend data, “The State of the Birds 2014″ ...

Europe readies 'space plane' for sub-orbital test flight

Sep 10, 2014

Europe readies 'space plane' for sub-orbital test flight

The European Space Agency on Tuesday put the final touches to its first-ever “space plane” before blasting it into sub-orbit for tests aimed at eventually paving the way to the continent’s first space shuttle. Assembled in Italy, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing ...

Sep 10, 2014

Fourth U.S. aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

The fourth American aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus arrived Tuesday morning to a mostly calm scene at an Atlanta area Hospital, where two others have been successfully treated. An ambulance carrying the patient arrived about 10:25 a.m. with a police escort. Wearing ...