Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

5 deaths cited in consumption of energy drink

Five people may have died over the past three years after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that is high in caffeine, according to incident reports recently released by the Food and Drug Administration. The reports, like similar filings made with the FDA in cases connected with drugs or medical devices, do not prove a link between Monster Energy and the deaths or health problems. The records were recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the mother of a 14-year-old Maryland girl who died in December from a heart arrhythmia after drinking large cans of Monster Energy on two consecutive days. Last week, Wendy Crossland, the mother of that teenager, filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage. A company spokeswoman said its products are safe.

Britain

BBC editor steps aside in scandal

A scandal scarring the BBC's reputation widened Monday as the corporation announced that the editor of a news program was "stepping aside" after giving an "inaccurate or incomplete" account of why he abandoned an investigation into Sir Jimmy Savile, a high-profile television personality accused of sexually abusing some 200 girls over a career spanning decades. Editor Peter Rippon, head of the Newsnight program, was the first BBC News executive to face public censure in the scandal. Savile was hailed as a popular fixture in children's TV when he died at 84 last year.

Kansas City, Mo.

Company restarts Keystone pipeline

Oil resumed flowing Monday afternoon through the Keystone oil pipeline that carries about 590,000 barrels of crude per day from Canada to facilities in the Midwest. TransCanada had shut down the 2,100-mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues. Company spokesman Shawn Howard said there were no leaks and "the integrity of the pipeline system is sound."

China

Tibetan man sets self on fire, dies

A Tibetan man in his 50s set himself on fire and died at a monastery in northwestern China in the latest such protest against Chinese rule over the Himalayan region, a London-based rights group said. Free Tibet said the man identified as Dhondup set fire to himself near the prayer hall at the remote Labrang Monastery in Gan­su province on Monday. Dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 in ethnic Tibetan areas of China in protest over what activists say is Beijing's heavy-handed rule in the region.

Elsewhere

Israel: Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is "vanishing," blaming Israeli settlement of the West Bank. He is a longtime critic of Israeli policies.

South Korea: South Korean activists on Monday floated balloons carrying tens of thousands of anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea, eluding police who tried to block the launch after threats from the North.

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