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How marijuana was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

Marijuana cured brain cancerWidely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use.

Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.

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VP Biden Announces Refugee Plan for Central American Kids

BidenVice President Joe Biden announced Friday a plan to allow U.S. parents here legally to apply for their Central American children to join them in the hope of preventing a crisis as was seen this summer when more than 68,000 migrant children arrived at the country's southern border.

The announcement came in an appearance by Biden with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador at the Inter-American Development Bank conference on investing in Central America.

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Michael Brown shooting: Darren Wilson radio call segment missing

Michael Brown shooting tapeA call for backup that a police officer claims to have made seconds before he killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reportedly cannot be found in police recordings. The officer blames the problem on his radio.

Darren Wilson has told investigators he radioed “shots fired, send all cars” after a struggle at his SUV with Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, following the officer’s stop of Brown and a friend for jaywalking in Ferguson on 9 August, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Trauma surgeon Mads Gilbert will defy Israeli ban on Gaza entry

Trauma doctir defues babA Norwegian trauma surgeon and activist who helped provide life-saving medical care during this summer’s 100-day war in Gaza has said he will defy an Israeli ban on his return.

Chief surgeon Mads Gilbert, 67, has spent 15 years treating patients in Gaza and spent 51 days in Shifa hospital earlier this year treating many of the 11,000 Palestinians who were wounded in the war between Hamas and Israel.

When he returned last month to try and enter Gaza via the Erez crossing in Israel he was denied entry indefinitely.

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JPMorgan Settles Claims It Cheated Shale-Rights Owners

JP MOrgan ChaseJPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) settled a lawsuit by mineral-rights owners who accused the bank of cheating them out of $681 million in compensation for drilling rights in Texas.

Deal talks stalled and forced the start of a trial Nov. 12 in state court in San Antonio while negotiations continued. The settlement was reached yesterday as jurors heard a third day of testimony, according to lawyers for both the bank and beneficiaries of the South Texas Syndicate Trust.

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Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola headed to U.S. is critically ill

sierra leone doctorA Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola being flown to the United States for treatment is critically ill, possibly sicker than other patients treated in the U.S., the Nebraska Medical Center said on Saturday.

Dr Martin Salia, 44, a permanent U.S. resident who caught Ebola working as a surgeon in a Freetown hospital, was stable enough to take a flight from West Africa to the U.S. and was expected to arrive in Nebraska at 4 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.

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Chemicals in sunscreen could cause infertility

Chemicals cause infertilityChemicals found in some sunscreens, shampoos and moisturizers may lead to infertility in men, a new study says.

The preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the New York state Department of Health's Wadsworth Center found about 29 chemicals in a class called benzophenone-type ultraviolet filters could lead to delays in fertility for men.

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Hong Kong activists denied permit to go to Beijing

Hong Kong studentsThree Hong Kong students who have led protests for greater democracy in the former British colony were denied in their attempt Saturday to go to Beijing to meet with top Chinese officials.

Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Eason Chung — members of a student group that played a main role in organizing street protests that started nearly two months ago — arrived at the Hong Kong airport greeted by well-wishers. But they were denied boarding passes for a Cathay Pacific flight when they were told their documents that would allow them to travel to Beijing were invalid.

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Palestinians scale Israeli separation wall in solidarity with Jerusalem

Palestinians scale wallDozens of Palestinian activists climbed over Israel’s separation wall to Jerusalem on Friday at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah as tensions rise over scattered attacks from both sides and access to holy sites.

Between 30 and 40 protesters were able to scale the over 25-foot high concrete wall using ladders and ramps after activists cut the razor wire lining the top of the wall, Samer Nazzal, a Palestinian photographer, told Al Jazeera.

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