Study shows easing pain prolongs lives
In a study that sheds new light on the effects of end-of-life care, doctors have found that patients with terminal lung cancer who began receiving palliative care — treatment aimed at easing suffering — immediately upon diagnosis not only were happier, more mobile and in less pain as the end neared but they also lived nearly three months longer. The findings, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed what palliative care specialists had long suspected. The study also, experts said, cast doubt on the decision to strike end-of-life provisions from the health care overhaul passed last year.
No time line for gulf oil well plug
The government's point man on the gulf oil spill said Wednesday he is no longer giving a time line for completing the final stages of plugging BP's runaway well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said he will give the order to complete the so-called relief well when he is ready. Stormy weather and now questions of how to mitigate risks have delayed that time line.
Russians, Afghans talk business
Twenty years after the last Russian soldier walked out of Afghanistan, Moscow is gingerly pushing its way back into the country with business deals and diplomacy and promises of closer ties to come, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday during a summit with the leaders of Afghanistan. Russia has begun negotiating to refurbish more than 140 Soviet-era installations, like hydroelectric stations, bridges, wells and irrigation systems, in deals that could be worth more than $1 billion.
Kids 12 and 13 face murder charges
A 13-year-old boy and his 12-year-old girlfriend will be charged with murder and aggravated assault in a shooting that killed a suburban Dallas woman and wounded her husband, police said Wednesday. The youths were arrested Tuesday, soon after police found 46-year-old Darlene Nevil's body at her home, said police spokesman Joe Harn. Her husband, Alan, 48, was listed in critical condition. Harn said Alan Nevil told police who shot them, but no motive was known.
LIMA, Peru: American activist Lori Berenson, convicted of aiding leftist rebels, surrendered to police on Wednesday after a court struck down her parole.
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is denying it had direct contact with WikiLeaks and says the military is not interested in helping the website review classified war documents to post online.
BETHANY, N.Y.: Authorities say 61-year-old Duane Bush, whose license expired 33 years ago, was charged with driving while intoxicated after he drove a van 11 miles without a rear right tire.
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Coral that survived the 2004 tsunami is now dying at one of the fastest rates ever recorded because of a dramatic rise in water temperatures off northwestern Indonesia caused in part by global warming, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Wednesday, warning that the threat extends to other reefs across Asia.
JUBA, Sudan: Southern Sudan has unveiled ambitious plans to remake its capital cities in the shapes found on their state flags, including a giraffe, a rhino and even a pineapple.