Myanmar expels medical nonprofit
Doctors Without Borders said Friday that it has been expelled from Myanmar and that tens of thousands of lives are at risk. The decision came after the humanitarian group reported it treated nearly two dozen Rohingya Muslim victims of communal violence in Rakhine state, which the government has denied. The humanitarian group said it was "deeply shocked" by Myanmar's decision to expel it after two decades of work in the country. As Myanmar's main provider of HIV drugs, supplying treatment to 30,000 people, the group described the impact as devastating.
Study says effects of 1989 spill fading
A federal study of sea otters affected by crude oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska, in 1989 has concluded that the marine mammals have returned to pre-spill numbers. Sea otters feed on clams. Crude oil from the spill remained in sediment years after the spill and likely contributed to a delay in sea otter recovery, said lead author and research biologist Brenda Ballachey. "One of the lessons we can take from this is that the chronic effects of oil in the environment can persist for decades," Ballachey said by phone Friday.
WIC expands offers of healthy foods
Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year. The Agriculture Department announced the changes Friday as the final part of a process it began in 2007 to overhaul the program and greatly expand the number of healthy foods offered. Changes announced that year and put in place in 2009 eliminated many fruit juices from infant food packages, reduced saturated fats the program covered and made buying fruits and vegetables easier.
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$64,850 Amount paid for two rare, early editions of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf at a Los Angeles auction. There were 11 bids Thursday for the 1925 and 1926 editions of the book, both of which were signed by Hitler.