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World’s oldest person dies in New York City, aged 116

Jones' death makes Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 116-year-old woman in Italy, the oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Jones, who was born in the southern U.S. state of Alabama in 1899, was the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves. After graduating from high school she moved north in 1922 to New Jersey and then New York, where she worked as a housekeeper and childcare provider, according to Guinness World Records and the Vandalia Senior Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where she lived.

New York’s MTA to suspend bus service due to blizzard

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend all bus service in New York City at 12 p.m. on Saturday because of blizzard conditions, an official said. The announcement came as a fierce winter storm gripped the region, with up to 18 inches of snow forecast to pile up in city streets before easing later in the day. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; E$diting by Mark Heinrich)

New U.S. diet rules would take 20 percent bite out of American sugar use

By Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) – If the U.S. government has its way, Americans would cut their consumption of sugar and corn syrup by more than 2 million tonnes a year, the latest blow for a sweetener industry facing an onslaught of criticism over negative health effects. The U.S. government on Thursday issued new dietary guidelines that suggested for the first time that consumers limit their consumption of added sweeteners at a specific level, less than 10 percent of a recommended daily intake of about 2,000 calories. With one teaspoon of sugar equal to approximately 15 calories, a reduction equivalent to more than 60 calories worth of added sugars – over 20 percent fewer than the average American consumes today – would amount to some 2.2 million tonnes of primarily sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

Clinton charity, under pressure, will amend tax return errors

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation's flagship health project changed its mind again on Wednesday on the matter of its erroneous tax returns, saying it would refile them with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after all. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) said the decision to refile its 2012 and 2013 returns was in response to “recent media interest.” Its brief statement made no mention of Republican criticism earlier in the week, when CHAI said it had decided against refiling the returns, known as form 990s. “As previously stated, the minor errors on the 2012 and 2013 CHAI 990s are immaterial and do not require refiling, yet in response to recent media interest in the forms, CHAI has decided to refile the returns in order to be fully transparent,” CHAI spokeswoman Maura Daley said in the statement.

Pacira sues FDA over pain drug marketing restrictions

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking a court order allowing it to promote its post-surgery pain drug, Exparel, for a wide range of surgeries, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration opposes. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, cites another New York judge’s recent decision allowing Irish drugmaker Amarin Plc to market its fish oil drug Vascepa for unapproved, or off-label, uses, though Pacira contends that its own marketing is not for off-label use. Pacira, however, has promoted it for use in all kinds of surgeries.

Special Report: Renowned U.S. drug-rehab program spun out of control

By Kristina Cooke and Robin Respaut NEW YORK (Reuters) – Martin Szczupak had already been in and out of rehab when, for a misdemeanor possession charge, a judge sent the 21-year-old heroin addict to a century-old estate in the wooded hills of upstate New York for another chance to clean up. Belle Terre, the former home of a 19th-century copper baron, housed the 168-bed Phoenix House Delaware County Center, a private, nonprofit residential drug treatment facility. When Szczupak arrived in June 2012, all was not well behind Belle Terre’s stately walls.

Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) – A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This wave of Legionnaires’, which officials have called unusual, is now more than five times the number of cases recorded in the last outbreak, in which 12 people in the Bronx fell ill in December 2014. The disease is caused by Legionella, a bacteria found in certain plumbing systems, including hot tubs, humidifiers, cooling towers and hot water tanks.

Strong sales, but high abandonment for fitness trackers

NEW YORK (AP) — Deepak Jayasimha's fitness tracker is now with his father-in-law in India, where it sits unused. Annabel Kelly foisted hers off on the kids. Virginia Atkinson took hers off to charge the battery and hasn't picked it up since February.