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New help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD – AP MEDICAL WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their specs? “It’s not bringing anybody back to being 20 again,” cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who tests whether patients’ eyes are healthy enough to qualify. “But it decreases the need to rush to get that pair of...

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California dam water level drops after massive evacuation

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake. California Department of Water Resources officials are waiting for the light of dawn to inspect an erosion scar on the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the nation’s largest. The evacuations for people living below the lake were ordered Sunday after authorities warned that failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water into the communities. The lake...

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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $92,000 Grant to La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions

La Joya, TX – On September 29, 2016, The La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions received a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $92,539.00. The grant is open to public community and technical colleges, and to independent school districts, for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations. For the LJISD Academy of Health Science Professions the grant will help purchase and install medical equipment to provide 214 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants. “With this contribution we will be...

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Valley Symphony Orchestra to feature Asiya Korepanova, Russian pianist on October 20

The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Peter Dabrowski presents “Exquisite Chopin,” at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. Doors open as early as 7pm where guests can enjoy a fully stocked cash bar before and during intermission. Patrons will marvel over classical favorites such as Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture, KI. 492,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suites” and Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor, op. 11” with Russian virtuoso guest pianist, Asiya Korepanova sponsored by Acura of the Rio Grande Valley. Korepanova’s piano repertoire includes over...

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Investigators identify 2 men who took bag that held bomb

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators probing bomb blasts in New Jersey and New York believe they’ve identified two men who walked off with a bag abandoned by the bomber on a street. Police began looking for the men after they were seen in security video handling a bag prosecutors say was used by bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami to conceal an explosive that failed to detonate in Manhattan. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday the two men were Egyptian tourists who’ve returned home. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the...

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