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The Latest: Harvard economist 'thrilled' by Nobel

Oliver HartHarvard economist Oliver Hart says he's "thrilled" his work has received one of the highest honors of his profession.

"It's a recognition that your work has been valuable. That's what we all want," he said at a news conference Monday at the university's economics department.

"I can't deny that the thought had crossed my mind that I might win it. But I could not imagine the phone actually ringing," Hart said later in an interview with the AP.


J&J warns diabetic patients - Insulin pump vulnerable to hacking

Insulin pumps can be hacked: J&JJohnson & Johnson is telling patients that it has learned of a security vulnerability in one of its insulin pumps that a hacker could exploit to overdose diabetic patients with insulin, though it describes the risk as low.

Medical device experts said they believe it was the first time a manufacturer had issued such a warning to patients about a cyber vulnerability, a hot topic in the industry following revelations last month about possible bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.


USA sweep to victory in Ryder Cup as Rory McIlroy and Europe taste defeat

Ryder Cup win by USHad the United States not been harshly subjected to an earlier, harrowing run which led to public denouncement of captains and the formation of a task force, they might ponder how straightforward this all was. The Ryder Cup that had everything produced a result of wider benefit with Hazeltine the venue for the reinvigoration of the US in context of this event.

For once screaming triumphalism had basis in an emphatic victory, by 17 points to 11. There was to be no fourth success in a row for Europe, a handy scene for those who were growing weary both of one-sided contests and self-aggrandising statements.



Barrel bombs hit largest hospital in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo hospital barrel bombedAt least two barrel bombs have hit the largest hospital in the rebel-held eastern side of Syria's Aleppo city, according to the medical organisation that supports it.

The facility, known as M10, had already been hit by heavy bombardment on Wednesday along with the second-largest hospital in the area in what Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, denounced as "war crimes".


Unable To Name A Foreign Leader, Gary Johnson Has Another 'Aleppo Moment'

Gary JohnsonAsked to name his favorite foreign leader, or any foreign leader he admires, Libertarian nominee for president Gary Johnson was unable to come up with an answer.

The exchange occurred on an MSNBC town hall hosted by Chris Matthews Wednesday night.

When Johnson hesitated at the initial question, Matthews said, "Go ahead, you gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."


16 more women accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual abuse

Gymnast doctor accused by 16 more womenIn the two weeks since IndyStar reported sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics team physician Dr. Larry Nassar, 16 more women have filed criminal complaints against the doctor.

Four of the women contacted IndyStar directly, along with a fifth woman who filed a report with police in 2004. Each of them said they told police Nassar penetrated them with his finger during what were supposed to be medical treatments. Three of the five said they were underage at the time. Two said he also touched their breasts. One said Nassar was sexually aroused.


Aleppo civilians plead for help as Syria fighting rages

Aleppo disasterSyrian civilians trapped in the besieged city of Aleppo have made desperate pleas for help, as warplanes pummelled rebel-held areas and deteriorating security conditions left two million people without access to safe drinking water.

Residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo said "ferocious bombardment" by Syrian and Russian jets on Saturday had levelled neighbourhoods and killed at least 91 civilians.

"We don't have the equipment to pull the corpses out," a resident said, standing on the rubble of a destroyed building in the city's al-Bab district.

TVNL Comment:  Why is the world allowing this disaster to continue?  This is a war against innocent civilians trapped in a war they did not create.  This is inhumane and it must stop.


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