Chemical formaldehyde listed as cancer causer
WASHINGTON (AP) The strong-smelling chemical formaldehyde causes cancer, while styrene, a second industrial chemical thats used worldwide in the manufacture of fiberglass and food containers, may cause cancer, the National Institutes of Health said.
The NIH said people with higher measures of exposure to formaldehyde are at increased risk for certain types of rare cancers, including those affecting the upper part of the throat behind the nose.
The chemical is widely used to make resins for household items, including paper product coatings, plastics and textile finishes. It also is commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories, mortuaries and consumer products including some hair-straightening products.
The government says styrene is a component of tobacco smoke, and NIH says the greatest exposure to the chemical is through cigarette smoking.
The two chemicals were among eight added to the governments list, submitted to Congress, of chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk of for cancer.
Also on the list as a known carcinogen is a botanical agent called aristolochic acids, shown to cause high rates of bladder or upper urinary tract cancer in people with kidney or renal disease.
IMF says its targeted in a computer attack
NEW YORK (AP) The International Monetary Fund says its investigating a computer attack.
IMF spokesman David Hawley says the funds computer systems are fully functional. IMF told staffers about it Wednesday, but it hasnt released a public announcement. The IMF wouldnt give further details.
The New York Times cited unnamed IMF officials as saying the attack was sophisticated and serious.
Four people shot, killed in business research park
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Four people have been found shot to death along a highway in a North Carolina business research park.
The Durham County Sheriffs Office says the bodies of three women were found early Saturday in a car on North Carolina Highway 54 in Research Triangle Park, while the body of a man was outside the car.
Lt. Stan Harris says the shootings werent random, but he said he couldnt disclose any other details.
Officers responded after receiving a call just before midnight of shots being fired. Harris says that when officers arrived, the victims car was the only one on the road.
The bodies were at the state Medical Examiners Office on Saturday. Authorities had not released the victims names because the families hadnt been notified.
Total lunar eclipse will not be visible in U.S.
LOS ANGELES (AP) The years first total eclipse of the moon will last an unusually long time, a rare celestial treat for a wide swath of the globe.
Except if youre in the United States and Canada. North America will be left out of Wednesdays lunar spectacle, which will be visible from start to finish from eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East and western Australia weather permitting.
The period when Earths shadow completely blocks the moon known as totality will last a whopping 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The last time the moon was covered for this long was in July 2000, when it lasted seven minutes longer than that.