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Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.  More »

Futures imply lower open after recent rally

By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wednesday as the latest corporate earnings failed to inspire investors to keep pushing equities higher following six straight days of gains on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Equities have recently been boosted by corporate earnings, with a number of prominent names topping expectations, though companies have largely been beating reduced forecasts. According to Thomson Reuters data, profits are seen rising 1.1 percent this quarter, down from the 6. ...  More »

Valeant CEO 'disappointed' in Allergan poison pill: CNBC

(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which made a $47 billion unsolicited offer for competitor Allergan Inc. on Tuesday, said during an interview on CNBC that he was "disappointed" with Allergan's so-called poison pill. Allergan on Tuesday night said that its board of directors had adopted a one-year stockholder rights plan to give it more time to consider takeover proposals. The Valeant offer was made with Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund, which built up a stake in the company. ...  More »

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.  More »

Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.  More »

Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. Compared to human muscle of the sa...  More »

Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depres...  More »

Flu Hitting Younger Adults Hard, Vaccination Helps: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is hitting younger and middle-aged adults unusually hard this season, but getting vaccinated reduces the need for a doctor's care, U.S. health officials said Thursday. People aged 18 to 64 repres...  More »

Flu season waning; younger adults hit hardest

ATLANTA (AP) — Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one.  More »

Flu activity highest among U.S. young and middle-aged: CDC

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Hardest hit this U.S. flu season are adults, from younger to middle-aged, in part because fewer have been vaccinated, a federal health agency said on Thursday as the season enters its final weeks. An estimated ...  More »

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