Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

A banner with a picture of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, is being raised by workers near a tent prepared for receiving supporters, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)An online video purported to show the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto.



Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2009 file photo, Carl Djerassi talks to Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, not seen, at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria. Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died of complications of cancer in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91. Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill. "The pill" as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women's lives. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.



Measles continues to spread as scientists urge parents to vaccinate children

Doctors encourage vaccinating for measles in face of outbreakMore than 100 people in the United States have been infected with the highly contagious airborne measles virus.



U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue

Jeep's Liberty Patriotic Edition is seen in a file photo taken at the North America Auto Show in DetroitThe auto industry's air bag troubles deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. The vehicles involved in the recall announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are made by Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. There have been about 400 reported cases of inadvertent air bag deployments in the recalled vehicles, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said. The recall concerned a defective chip in air bag systems and the fix involved replacing the entire air bag module, including circuits manufactured by parts maker TRW Automotive Holdings, Rosekind said.



Deadline passes in U.S. refinery workers contract talks

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Contracts for unionized U.S. refinery workers began expiring at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday (0401 GMT) without word from labor or refinery owners about the outcome of talks for a new national pact. The national agreement between the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies, which covers workers at 63 refineries accounting for two-thirds of U.S. refining capacity, expires at 12:01 a.m. local time on Sunday in the time zone where each refinery is located. Negotiators for the USW and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which represents U.S. ...


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