A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead to cancer, NBC News reported.
The report is not finished yet, but advocates pushing for more research learned of the partial findings and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has released them early.
The partial findings suggest that male rats exposed to constant, heavy doses of certain types of cellphone radiation develop brain and heart tumors. But female rats didn't, and even the rats that developed tumors lived longer than rats not exposed to the radiation.
Dr. Michael Lauer of the NIH said there's just not enough information to say whether the experiment shows the radiation caused the tumors.
The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, is still analyzing the findings.
What they do not show is whether humans are at any risk from using cellphones, or whether using a headset or keeping phones away from the head and body might make a difference.
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Mayborn USA is recalling 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups after nearly 70 children became ill drinking from moldy valves, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) said Friday.
Mold can develop on the removable, one-piece, white valve inside the cups when it remains wet or moist and is infrequently cleaned, according to the recall alert.
Mold ingestion can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and infections in people with compromised immune systems, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Massachusetts-based Mayborn USA has received 3,066 reports of mold in the removable valve, including 68 reports of children experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold in the valve.
Hundreds of people gathered Friday for the funeral of an Auburn, Massachusetts, police officer killed in the line of duty while fellow officers from across the region stood in vigil outside.
A funeral Mass for Auburn Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was held Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charlton, followed by burial at Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery in Tarentino's hometown of Leicester.
The 42-year-old Tarentino, whose father was also a police officer, is survived by his wife and three sons. He was shot in the back during a traffic stop early Sunday.
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Menabe Andargachew, a 9-year-old American girl, is suing the British government for not pushing Ethiopia to release her father, a British citizen and an outspoken critic of Ethiopia's regime, NBC News reported.
Andargachew "Andy" Tsege disappeared while catching a connecting flight through Yemen in June 2014. The political activist was snatched and forcibly taken to Ethiopia, where he had been sentenced to death for opposition work.
So far, the U.K. government hasn't demanded his release. Now Menabe and her family are trying to force their hand. They filed a legal challenge alleging that approach is "unlawful."
Both the U.N. Human Rights Council and the European Parliament have called for Tsege's release. The British government has expressed "deep concern" over his case. But thus far, it hasn't followed suit in demanding Tsege be freed — instead focusing on getting him "due process."
Tsege's Maryland-born partner Yemi Hailemariam, family and lawyers say he was kidnapped — a victim of rendition carried out by Ethiopia, which has labeled him a terrorist and enemy of the state. Ethiopia says he was "extradited."
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Funds raised during the live variety show Thursday night will benefit children's charities around the world.
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An Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost, kept a journal of her ordeal and ultimately resigned herself to the idea she was going to die and it could be years before her remains were located, according to investigatory documents.
Geraldine Largay, who was from Brentwood, Tennessee, hiked to higher ground in a failed attempt to get a cellphone signal, and text messages sent to her husband went undelivered, the documents show.
"When you find my body, please call my husband George ... and my daughter Kerry," Largay, who was 66 years old, wrote.
A 26-year-old taxi driver from Virginia was indicted Thursday on charges he tried to help a friend join ISIS fighters, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Prosecutors said Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, conspired with Joseph Hassan Farrokh to provide material support or resources to ISIS. Elhassan's attorney, however, has accused the FBI of creating cases against young Muslim men.
Both men were arrested earlier this year after Farrokh tried to board a flight to Chicago at Richmond International Airport, investigators said.
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Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer and his wife Karen Spencer are opening the Althorp family home for guests to stay a couple of nights in order to raise money for orphanages around the world, NBC News reported.
Diana grew up in the 500-year-old mansion with a priceless art collection, 88 fireplaces and bedrooms named for the royalty who slept there, and Althorp also serves as her final resting place.
Wannabe aristocrats willing to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 to stay in the 100,000-square-foot home about 75 miles north of London. For $250,000, a group of up to 18 people can take over the stately spread.
Proceeds will benefit the Whole Child organization, which worked with or advised 85 orphanages in Nicaragua and is undertaking a new project in El Salvador that will involve 365 children's centers.
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The IOC says 23 athletes have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee announced the results Friday after retesting 265 London samples with improved techniques.
The IOC says the athletes represent five sports and six countries. It did not name them.
The London athletes are in addition to the 31 caught in retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Russian Olympic Committee has confirmed that 14 of those athletes were Russians.
"Miss Trans Israel 2016" beauty pageant begins Friday and it will be the first of its kind in the country.
The competition in Tel Aviv brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims in a region known more for its deep divisions, NBC News reported.
"Here I don't feel Muslim, Jewish, Christian," Caroline Khouri, an Arab, said. "All of the people are together and the transsexual [people], they love together."
Pageant judge Efrat Tilma agrees that the event is "bonding people."
"We can show the world that we are really for peace, this competition is for peace," the 70-year-old added.
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The words were tougher. The final rounds lasted longer. The result was the same.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish.
Thirteen-year-old Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion, Sriram Hathwar. Nihar, at age 11, is the youngest winner of the bee on record.
A prank by a San Jose, California, teen has gone viral and made news around the world.
TJ Cruda and his friends put a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this week. The reaction from museum attendees was something Cruda and his friends could not believe.
Visitors pondered the glasses as if they were part of the exhibit and some even took photos.
Donald Trump said he believes the Republican National Committee will help him in his ground game and his plans to turn 15 blue states red, NBC News reported.
"As far as building the infrastructure for campaign, the RNC has been doing it for many years, Reince [Priebus, the RNC chairman] has really upped it, all over the country, and part of the benefit is that we get to use those people," Trump said Thursday, noting they were staffing themselves but suggesting that the RNC could build a ground game better than he could in just a few months.
The RNC has historically helped in the campaigns of presidential candidates, but they’re also helping Senate and House elections as well. So could the RNC do the majority of planning for Trump’s ground game?
"No," former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said. "Those duties and responsibilities have to be split."
Trump’s staff told The Associated Press that teams are being sent into 15 states by the end of May. While a Trump campaign source who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity said that plan is “non-existent,” Trump’s spokesperson declined to discuss staffing or offer any information about new hires.
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