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Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Friday, 2:04 AM

The revolutionary technique involves donor hearts being transferred to a portable machine where they are placed in a preservation solution, resuscitated and kept warmSydney (AFP) - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.


UEFA: Serbia gets 3-0 win vs Albania but no points

Friday, 2:04 AM

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania but deducted the three points following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week.

Analysis: In Senate battle, GOP's weapon is Obama

Friday, 1:53 AM

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2014 file-pool photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and his Democratic Senate opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky. Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, off-shore jobs in New Hampshire and women’s issues in Colorado. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Pablo Alcala, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, offshore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.


US officials see signs of new life in Iraqi army

Friday, 1:38 AM

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, Army soldiers search Iraqis amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say.


Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

Friday, 1:27 AM

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays against Simona Halep of Romania during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor StadiumBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ...


Your Top Plays for Today

Friday, 12:01 AM

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy after an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 35-21. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Britain says EU is asking for bigger contribution

Friday, 2:06 AM

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain says its prime minister is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc.


Truck crashes during police chase in Easton, Pa.

Friday, 1:58 AM

Truck crashes during police chase in Easton, Pa.Officials say a pickup truck crash was the end result of a police pursuit through several communities in the area of Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.


Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia

Friday, 1:37 AM

China's President Xi Jinping meets with the guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in BeijingSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders. China's $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is seen as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, both of which count Washington and its allies as their biggest financial backers. ...


Pfizer's $11 billion buyback plan deflates AstraZeneca bid hopes

Friday, 1:11 AM

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New YorkLONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer is to continue buying back stock, with the board authorizing a new $11 billion share repurchase plan, deflating expectations that it will make a new bid for AstraZeneca. Shares in AstraZeneca fell 1.2 percent by 0800 GMT on Friday following the news. The largest American pharmaceuticals company, whose shares gained more than 1 percent after the announcement late on Thursday, said the move was in addition to the $1.3 billion remaining on its current share buyback program. ...


Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea

Friday, 1:07 AM

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. ...


Watch: Ohio College Student Diagnosed with Brain Cancer Receives Final Wish

Friday, 1:07 AM

Lauren Hill, 19, will get to play one last game of college basketball with her Mount St Joe's team.