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Jill Biden getting Delaware beach day for her 70th birthday

WASHINGTON: Jill Biden is getting a day at the beach for her 70th birthday. President Joe Biden and his wife were heading to their Delaware beach house Wednesday evening to help the first lady celebrate that personal milestone on Thursday. The trip makes for a rare midweek getaway from the White House by a president. It will also be the ...

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Netanyahu opponents reach coalition deal to oust Israeli PM

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s opponents announced they have reached a deal to form a new governing coalition, paving the way for the ouster of the longtime Israeli leader. The dramatic announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, came moments before a midnight deadline and prevented the country from plunging into what would have ...

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Gaza’s bereaved civilians fear justice will never come

GAZA CITY: The al-Kawlaks, a family of four generations living next door to each other in downtown Gaza City, were utterly unprepared for the inferno. Like others, they were terrified by the heavy bombing in Israel‘s fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers that began May 10. The explosions felt more powerful than in previous fighting. At night, parents and children ...

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Pandemic shows essential role of ECT as treatment for severe depression

An ECT treatment room at Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center. Credit: University of Michigan When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in North America in March 2020, health care facilities stopped providing all but “essential” care, to reduce infection risks and preserve protective gear known as PPE. That included changes at many centers that provide ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) ...

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Opioid Agonist Therapy reduces mortality risk among people with opioid dependence

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new global review has found that receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) is associated with lower risk of multiple causes of death among people with opioid dependence. The review found that people with opioid dependence were less likely to experience overdose-related suicide, alcohol-related cancer, and cardiovascular-related mortality while receiving OAT. Researchers from the National Drug and ...

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California firefighters had job dispute before fatal attack

SANTA CLARITA: A Los Angeles County firefighter appeared to have a longstanding job-related dispute with the colleague he shot and killed at their small, rural fire station in what became California‘s second deadly workplace shooting in less than a week, authorities said Wednesday. The gunman also wounded a fire captain at the station about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of ...

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Ukrainian president says Russian troops remain near Ukraine

KYIV: Ukraine’s president said Wednesday that Russia has maintained a massive military presence near his country’s borders. Speaking during a meeting with a group of visiting US senators, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged that Moscow had withdrawn only a fraction of the forces it concentrated near Ukraine in April, a buildup that worried the West as well as Ukraine. The ...

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Allergy treatment is crucial if your child has asthma

If your child has both allergies and asthma, it’s imperative to treat their allergies to prevent asthma from worsening as they spend more time outdoors, an expert says. “It’s a time when after a winter when we’re all cooped up inside kids want to go out and play, but the weather is a little variable,” said Dr. Corey Martin, a ...

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First Black woman set to serve as next Columbus police chief

COLUMBUS: A deputy Detroit police chief was announced Wednesday to be the next Columbus police chief, making good on a promise by the mayor of Ohio’s capital and largest city to choose a candidate from outside the 1,900-officer agency for the first time in department history. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther named Elaine Bryant as the new chief of the Columbus ...

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