Interests clash at climate talks
Delegates at a 194-nation climate conference agree the world needs to send less carbon into the atmosphere, but national interests and economic worries are hindering attempts to reach an agreement that would oblige governments to curb the emissions that are warming the planet. The talks in Durban, South Africa, due to wrap up today or early Saturday, are likely to finalize a massive fund to help poor countries cope with climate change. But the slow pace of dealing with the core problem of rising temperatures is dispiriting delegates. By the conference end, they hope to have a document that plots the way into the next stage of fighting climate change.
Study: Bone drug aided survival
Doctors were hoping to prevent complications and relapses when they gave young women a drug to keep their bones strong during breast cancer treatment. Seven years later, they found it did more than that: The bone drug improved survival, as much as many chemotherapies do. The study found a 37 percent lower risk of death among women who received the drug, Zometa. That meant 4 to 5 more women out of every 100 were alive seven years later. It's especially impressive considering the women took the drug, given as an infusion every six months, for only three years. Dr. Michael Gnant of Austria's Medical University of Vienna presented the research this week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas.
Salvation Army kettle held gem
An unusual item was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle in northeastern Kansas: a diamond. Salvation Army business manager Richard Natividad says it turned up amid the cash donated outside a Walmart in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee. Natividad says he and other workers were counting the money when they found a balled-up piece of paper. He almost threw it out, thinking it was trash, but opened the paper to discover the diamond inside. Natividad estimates the diamond is nearly a carat.