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Doctors should bone up on CT scan cancer risks

CT scan cancer risksDoctors routinely order CT scans as diagnostic tools. But many are ill-informed about the cancer risks associated with this imaging technology, a new study suggests.

Patients who undergo CT scans are exposed to harmful ionizing radiation, which could affect their lifetime risk for developing cancer, Canadian researchers said.


Turkey claims coup attempt foiled; deaths near 200

Turkey coup endsGovernment forces crushed a coup attempt, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.

Erdogan vowed retribution after a chaotic night of clashes between loyalists and rebels that left almost 200 people dead and may not be entirely over. "In Turkey the army is not governing the state and they cannot, and this should be known by all," Erdogan said, addressing crowds in Istanbul on Saturday morning. "The government is in control."


Trump tried to back off Pence pick: report

PenceDonald Trump considered abandoning Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate late Thursday night after offering him the job, CNN's Dana Bash reported Friday.

Bash elaborated on her report Friday on CNN television.

“Around midnight last night ... Donald Trump was on the phone with senior advisors trying to get out of this,” she said.



Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard in Ankara

Turkey coup attemptThe Associated Press is now carrying fuller quotes from the Turkish prime minister’s interview with NTV.

Having confirmed his belief that an attempted coup was underway, Yıldırım said: “We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt [coup]. There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”

Update: (10pm ET) President Erdogan has returned to Turkey, and resistance to the coup continues in the streets of Ankara and Istanbul.  However, the attempted takeover is not yet defeated.

Congress releases long-awaited document on possible Saudi role in 9/11

9/11 reportThe House Intelligence Committee has made public most of a long-classified section of a 2002 congressional inquiry into 9/11 attacks that discusses the alleged role of Saudi Arabia.

The release follows many months of vetting by the Obama administration and growing demands by relatives of those killed in the 2001 attacks as well as other critics of the Saudis.


Sheldon Adelson for $6M as Sponsors Shun Trump

Sheldon AdelsonThe Republican Party convention is asking Sheldon Adelson to cover a $6 million shortfall triggered by sponsors walking out over the nominee, Donald Trump.

Politico reported Thursday that the appeal to the casino magnate came July 12, just six days before the July 18 launch of the convention in Cleveland. The convention has raised $58 million of its projected $64 million cost.


Donald Trump and Kids Named in $250M Tax Scam

Trumps and kids in tax fraud chargeFour Donald Trump-licensed real-estate developments are at the center of a huge income tax evasion scheme, according to allegations in a lawsuit unsealed Thursday afternoon by a judge in Manhattan.

The presumptive Republican nominee is not personally accused. He is described as a “material witness” in the evasion of taxes on as much as $250 million in income. According to the court papers, that includes $100 million in profits and $65 million in real-estate transfer taxes from a Manhattan high rise project bearing his familiar name.


Changes to North Carolina voting laws could put thousands of 2016 ballots at risk

NC votin law changes threaten thousandsOn Election Day in 2014, Joetta Teal went to work at a polling station in Lumberton, North Carolina. Like all poll workers, she was required to stay until voting booths closed, so she decided to cast her own vote there.

That was a mistake, she later discovered. What she didn't know was that under a 2013 state law she had to vote in the precinct where she lived. The polling station where she voted was not in her precinct, so her vote was not counted.


American father and son killed in Nice attack

American father and son killed in Nice attackTwo Americans were among those killed in the Nice, France, truck attack on Thursday, a State Department spokesman announced Friday.

The two Austin, Texas, residents were reportedly vacationing in the French seaside town to celebrate a birthday, according to local news station WFTV.
Sean’s niece Hayley Copeland announced the deaths in a Facebook post early Friday.


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