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Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.
Using plants this way — sometimes called "pharming" — can produce complex and valuable proteins for medicines. That ... (full story)


Koch brothers reach out to Hispanics

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: Charles and David Koch.
The billionaire industrialists are working to patch a ... (full story)


NYC doesn't track sightseeing bus accidents

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies that run New York City's growing armada of double-decker sightseeing buses, like the ones involved in last week's Times Square crash, have no legal obligation to report accidents to the city agency that licenses them.
The Consumer Affairs Department — one of at least five entities involved i ... (full story)


Alpena woman, family Alpena fair regulars

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The Udell family has been involved with 4-H for over 30 years, and in that 30 years, Tricia Udell has never missed one Alpena County Fair.
Udell started showing animals at the fair when she was old enough to be a 4-H member, and has since had all of her children involved in the fair, which ends Saturda ... (full story)


Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, in imagination

POMPEII, Italy (AP) — Pompeii is the city of the long goodbye.
In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii in a swift and terrible destruction.
Today, Pompeii is under threat of a new ex ... (full story)