On Thursday, a federal jury ordered Gilead Sciences Inc to pay $200 million to Merck & Co in damages for infringing two Merck patents linked to a profitable hepatitis C cure. Merck had demanded $2 billion but the damage awarded to the company is quite less. The same jury in San Jose, California, supported the validity of the patents, on Tuesday, which are at the heart of the dispute related to Gilead's main drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni. As a whole, both the medicines had over $20 billion in US sales last year and a year prior to that.
Zika virus has raised a vigil among medical experts and health ministries in many countries. Almost every day, scientists are coming up with fresh discoveries on the Zika virus, and each bit of information they are getting is making the virus more frightening.
On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that there is nothing regarding Zika control that is fast or simple. Dr. Frieden added that the only fast thing is the mosquito bite that can give a person the virus.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned expectant women against traveling to Zika-affected areas. The same warning was given by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a month back.
Director General Margaret Chan said they have gone through the reports and investigations from Zika-hit countries in the Americas, and that they all have strongly suggested that sexual transmission is more common than assumed earlier.
Clarifying over the alleged misuse of one of the spy planes that flew over Dearborn, early this year, the Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey, said that planes were meant only for watching criminals and spies..
“We do not use planes for mass surveillance. Many citizens feel reason to distrust the FBI because of their religious or ethnic background. We have a small number of airplanes. I wish we had more,” he said.
Comey’s statements were recorded before House Judiciary Committee that has been appointed to look at the nitty-gritty of the case. The Chief was bombarded with a series of questions during the hearing.
Now, it is possible to find Alzheimer's disease before it strikes. A new study has suggested that the disease, which accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia, can be detected many years before onset with the help of a virtual reality test.
The study included people aged 18 to 30. The participants were asked to take a virtual maze test to check the function of certain brain cells. Neuroscientists from Germany said that people who could be at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease could be recognized through their performance.
A new study would like to differ on technique used by Boa constrictors to kill their prey. Rather than the established approach that they kill their prey by suffocation, the new research states that they cut off their prey’s blood supply.
Boa constrictors that are found in tropical Central and South America tighten its body around its prey and in which the victim's circulatory system comes under stress and cuts off the blood flow supplying oxygen to its vital organs.
Study’s lead researcher Prof Scott Boback, from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, said that from the research they came to know that the snakes use very efficient and rapid way to end the life of its prey than expected.
According to reports, former US President George H.W. Bush suffered a neck fracture after falling at his home in Maine. According to a spokesman, he has a stable condition and will be staying in hospital for a brief duration.
Bush served as 41st president of America. Last time, he was hospitalized in Houston in December 2014 after he had some breathing difficulties.
The former President was brought to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment. A hospital spokesman, Matt Paul told in a telephone interview that on Wednesday afternoon, President Bush was brought to the hospital.
As per reports, police will restart their recovery mission to search for the body of a 7-month-old boy who might have fallen into the Connecticut River when his suicidal father jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown more than 24 hours ago late Sunday night.
Police said the baby's father, Tony Moreno, 22, of Middletown, called someone and threatened that he is jumping into the river around 11:45 p. m. on Sunday. The person dialed 911 and told officers Moreno's baby boy, Aaden, was crying in the background.
Officers immediately rushed to the scene and saw Moreno jump. Later Middletown firefighters pulled him to shore and a LifeStar medical helicopter airlifted Moreno to the hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition.
A Washington States ice cave partially collapsed on Monday at about 5 p. m. The incident took one life and left five others in injuries.
News of Monday's collapse came after authorities warned that the ice caves could be potentially dangerous due to warming temperature.
Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said on late Monday night that the person who died during the incident remained buried under the debris at the Big Four Ice Caves east of Verlot. The recovery efforts were suspended at nightfall, she said.
Great advancements have been made in the field of neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Still, there were many mechanisms that remained mysterious. One of such mechanisms has been unfolded in a novel study, which explains how the human brain forms memories.
Study researchers said that from the studies on people having electrodes placed within their heads have unveiled that there are particular neurons in a zone known as mean secular lobe has an important place in quickly coming up with stories of every day functions.
The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement on Thursday that four Kentucky couples are suing Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, as he refused to issue gay-marriage licenses, even after the Supreme Court gave the same-sex marriage couples the legal right to marry.
On behalf of two homosexual and two heterosexual couples, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Thursday.
It was said that the couples were turned down when they tried to get marriage licenses from Davis' office in this week.
Davis in her clarification said that her religious beliefs prevented her to go against the Supreme Court's ruling. Due to this she decided not to issue the license to any type of couple whether gay or straight.
Tennessee officials said that a CSX train car that was transporting dangerous material derailed and caught fire in the eastern Tennessee. The incident happened in the middle of the night and forced the evacuation of several thousands of people.
The officials said that the fire was still on during Thursday noon. Firefighters have been unable to reach the burning car because of the heat, they added.
Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said in a statement that there were some concerns that the fumes from the fire contained cyanide, a byproduct of burning the chemical acrylonitrile, which was leaking from the train car.
US President Barack Obama sang a song of hope for church members who were gunned down at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Mr. President eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator, pastor of the church and eight parishioners.
In his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’, which was quickly joined by ministers and some of the thousands who packed into the arena at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Obama ordered gun control and efforts to eliminate poverty and job discrimination. He alos said that the Confederate battle flag, which is considered to be a symbol of Southern pride, must be removed from places of honor.
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled legalized same-sex marriage, making an emotional victory for the LGBT community.
The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. Here is how the ruling will give financial benefits to the LGBT community.
Previously, couples living in states that didn't recognize same-sex unions could not collect a spousal benefit on Social Security. But now all sex-same couple can access Social Security spousal benefits. This would allow them to not only claim benefits on their own work history, but on the work history of your spouse too.
For the first time, same-sex couples have the option to file their federal tax returns either using ‘married filing separately’ or ‘married filing jointly’.
Amid intense criticism from animal rights groups and people across the world, residents of a small city in southern China plan to organize an annual dog-meat festival. Residents of Yulin in Guangxi province have the festival as an ancient summer solstice tradition.
As per animal rights groups, thousands of dogs are slaughtered during the festival every year. Dogs are electrocuted, burned and skinned alive. In China, dog's meat is considered a healthy wintertime dish that doctors recommends for the treatment of maladies like impotence.
The body of former White House chef, who was missing for more than a week, has been found by authorities off a hiking trail in New Mexico.
The 61-year-old chef disappeared more than a week ago on a solo hike through New Mexico Mountain in the Taos area. He was last seen on June 13. The police didn't provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of his body.
Walter Scheib cooked for Presidents Clinton and Bush, their families and their White House guests between 1994 and 2005. During his decade in the White House, he was responsible for preparing everything from First Family meals to formal State Dinners.
Just four days after horrific mass killing at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a service was held at 9:30 am Sunday.
Mother Emanuel as people here call the church opened its doors and people sang, cried to one another for solace after three men and six women were left in a bloody pile in its basement Worshipers seek solace after the Wednesday night tragedy at the church.
According to authorities, a 21-year-old young man named Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina shot and killed the people he'd sat with for Bible study at the church. He told investigators he did it to start a race war.
At least 200 residents in Bucks County were evacuated on Sunday after a gas leaked at an apartment in the area.
Police said in a statement that a transformer blew out and compromised a gas line shortly after 12 p.m. Sunday.
For safety precautions, authorities evacuated Chesterfield Apartments. According to police, PECO determined that residents could re-enter about an hour or two later, but residents in about 72 apartments were displaced.
The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced. Police say the issue is expected to be resolved early Sunday evening or early Monday.
A PECO representative said the gas and electric service was shut off immediately after the odor was detected. Crews are currently on scene trying to find the source, it added.
The US Coast Guard said that some passengers got injured after a cruise ship hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in upstate New York on Thursday night.
The US Coast Guard said that the Saint Laurent crashed into a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, near the Canadian border. In total, there were 274 passengers and crew board.
The injured people were taken off the ship and were provided treatment. The water has been drained from the lock and the ship will be there and its doors will remain closed till the time it does not move from there.
Boat full of Migrants suspected of trying to make Illegal Entry in US collides with US Border vesselSubmitted by Amanda Lysak on Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:13
Authorities said that a boat packed with migrants has collided with an American border vessel off California's coast in which the boat turned upside down leaving a woman dead. It is suspected that migrants were trying to enter into the US illegally and Mexico is calling investigation into the matter.
Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said that one person is seriously injured and two more have suffered minor injuries. The US Customs and Border Protection vessel spotted the human smuggling boat near Encinitas in San Diego County before dawn Thursday. They instructed the migrants’ boat to stop and fired warning shots, but the vessel having 20 people on board ignored them.
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