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Wealth may give advantage for getting organ transplants

organ donor registryYou can't buy hearts, kidneys or other organs but money can still help you get one. Wealthy people are more likely to get on multiple waiting lists and score a transplant, and less likely to die while waiting for one, a new study finds.

The work confirms what many have long suspected — the rich have advantages even in a system designed to steer organs to the sickest patients and those who have waited longest. Wealthier people can better afford the tests and travel to get on more than one transplant center's waiting list, and the new study shows how much this pays off.


Egypt's military holding journalist in undisclosed location

Egypt military holding journalistLawyers for a leading Egyptian investigative journalist and human rights advocate said Monday that the military is holding him in an undisclosed location while he faces charges of spreading "false news."

Adel Ramadan, one of the lawyers, said military prosecutors would not tell him the whereabouts of Hossam Bahgat, who was detained Sunday after being summoned to an intelligence building in Cairo.


Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Pipelin fight not overCarolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida's sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural gas pipeline would slice through part of their farm and their lives took another dramatic turn.

They've shooed pipeline surveyors from their pastures, made anti-pipeline signs for a protest at the county courthouse and at appearances by the Virginia governor. They've also kept up pressure on local officials.


US to ask Canada, UK to extradite online pharmacy officials

Online pharmacyU.S. prosecutors are asking the Canadian and British governments to extradite officials with an online pharmacy to face charges of smuggling mislabeled, unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs.

Fourteen companies and individuals from Canada, the United Kingdom, Barbados and the U.S. are accused of participating in the conspiracy in which $78 million in drugs were sold to U.S. doctors over two years.


University of Missouri chief quits amid protests over campus racism

Tim WolfeThe president of University of Missouri resigned Monday amid criticism over his handling of complaints regarding racial bias and racist slurs on campus, acknowledging “the frustration and anger” that he saw among students “is real.”

Tim Wolfe said the termination of his position would be effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system's governing body, the Board of Curators.


Jordan: 3 killed, including 2 Americans, in police shooting

3 killed in JordanA Jordanian policeman opened fire Monday on foreign trainers at a police training compound, killing two Americans and a South African before being shot dead, the government spokesman said.

The attacker also wounded two Americans and four Jordanians, one of them critically, said spokesman Mohammed Momani.

Authorities have launched an investigation into whether the motive for the shooting was personal or political, said Momani.


Instagram tips police to suspected school shooting plot

Instagram uncovers school attack plotThree Michigan teens face murder conspiracy and other charges for an alleged school rampage plot first discovered on Instagram, Argentine Township police said Sunday.

Argentine Township Police Chief Daniel Allen told USA TODAY the teens were targeting Linden High School and nearby Linden Middle School. Allen said the investigation was prompted by information obtained by a school resource officer Oct. 28. The teens were arrested the next day, but information about the case was not released until police and the FBI were satisfied that everyone involved was in custody, Allen said.


100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says

world povertyIf countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report finds.

The report, titled "Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty," argues that climate change is a “significant obstacle” to the eradication of poverty. Poor people are more likely to be impacted by climate-related “shocks” such as flooding, drought, crop failure, spikes in food prices, waterborne disease and the long list of extreme weather patterns that scientists have said will increase due to climate change.


Homelessness in Hawaii grows, defying image of paradise

Homeless in HawaiiHomelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics.

Since 2010, the rise has come even as the national rate has fallen during the economic recovery. The increase, driven by years of rising costs in the island chain, low wages and limited land, thrust the image of people sleeping on beaches alongside the state's famed one of a relaxing tropical paradise.


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