Except that this year, Americans get an extra three days before they have to file their income tax returns. That's because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia, which honors the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed slaves in the nation's capital.
Called the "invisible losses" of pregnancy, stillbirths are a surprisingly common and overlooked problem around the world.
Around 2.6 million babies are born with no signs of life after 28 weeks' gestation –- which defines a stillbirth — according to a collection of papers published online this week in The Lancet. Although 98 percent of these deaths take place in developing countries, stillbirths haven't gone away in wealthier nations: Around 1 in every 300 babies are stillborn in high-income countries.
The maker of health products ranging from Band-Aids to knee implants is recalling two lots of Topamax, a medicine prescribed for epilepsy and migraines. By the company's count, about 57,000 bottles of 100 milligram tablets are affected. (Details here.)
Two American reporters, John Glionna of the Los Angeles Times and Steve Herman from Voice of America, drove into the evacuation zone around Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday and made it all the way to the facility's main gate.