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Fox Meat Makes an Ass of Wal-Mart's China Donkey Product

Global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has recalled a donkey meat product from some Chinese stores after tests found traces of other animals' DNA, the company said Thursday, after authorities said it contained fox meat.

The world's largest retailer will reimburse customers who bought the "Five Spice Donkey Meat" 50 yuan ($8.25), a spokeswoman told Agence France Presse.

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America's First Marijuana Stores Open in Colorado

Marijuana users celebrated Wednesday as Colorado became the first U.S. state to allow retail cannabis sales, putting it in the vanguard of efforts across the country to legalize the drug.

The western state famous for its ski resorts and breathtaking mountain vistas has issued 348 retail licenses -- including for small pot shops -- that can sell up to 28 grams of pot to people aged 21 or older.

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Hundreds Monitored in Taiwan after Bird Flu Case

Taiwanese authorities are monitoring hundreds of people who may have had contact with a mainland Chinese tourist infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, officials said Wednesday.

The 86-year-old man from the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu is in stable condition in hospital in Taiwan, where he was on an eight-day tour, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement.

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U.S. Court Blocks Contraception Clause in Health Care Law

A U.S. Supreme Court justice has blocked a stipulation in the new health care reform law that requires some religion-affiliated organizations to provide insurance that includes birth control.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor acted late Tuesday just hours before the Affordable Care Act law was to take effect, in response to an order of nuns in Colorado, U.S. media reported.

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Vitamin E May Slow Alzheimer's Disease Progression

Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease — the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage.

In a study of more than 600 older veterans, high doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills, such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation, by about six months over a two-year period.

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Brain Biomarker Cue to the Soundness of Sleep

Swedish scientists on Tuesday said they had found further evidence that sleep helps to promote the health of brain cells.

The clues come in two so-called biomarkers -- tell-tales of biological activity -- found in the blood of sleep-deprived young men.

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Cracks Appear in Spanish Ruling Party over Abortion

A new crack has appeared within Spain's conservative ruling party over government legislation to ban women from freely choosing abortion.

Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy's government has come under fire from the opposition after announcing December 20 it would roll back a 2010 law that had allowed women to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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U.S. Doctor in Landmark Abortion Case Dies of Cancer 

Dr. Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, died Monday morning in Sarasota, Florida. He was 74.

Edelin's wife, Barbara, confirmed that he died after suffering from cancer.

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Bird Flu Subtype re-Emerges in Hong Kong

An elderly man has contracted a mild form of bird flu in the first case of its type for four years, Hong Kong officials said on Monday.

"We are now investigating a confirmed human case of influenza A H9N2, affecting a man aged 86," Leung Ting-hung, controller of the city's Centre for Health Protection, told reporters.

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U.S. Health Watchdog Rejects Sanofi's MS Drug

French drug giant Sanofi announced Monday U.S. health authorities had rejected its Lemtrada drug for some forms of multiple sclerosis, which is already approved in the European Union, Canada and Australia.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Sanofi's subsidiary Genzyme, which makes the drug aimed at treating relapsing forms of the disease, had "not submitted evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies that demonstrate the benefits of Lemtrada outweigh its serious adverse effects."

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