Guy Beart, 'France's last troubadour', dies at 85

Guy Beart, one of France’s best-known troubadours who was considered one of the finest exponents of the “chanson francaise” genre, died on Wednesday at the age of 85. One of his daughters is Emmanuelle Beart, one of France’s most prominent actresses, having risen to international fame in the 1986 film “Manon des Sources”. Just nine months ago, Guy Beart had given his final performance at Olympia, the Paris concert hall

U.S. presidential candidate Rubio defends stance against abortion

(This Aug 9 story changes paragraphs 1, 3 and 4 to clarify that while life-of-mother exception not cited in debate, Rubio did sponsor a Senate bill that included such an exception) By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday defended his stance against abortion without exceptions for rape or incest that he was asked about during a debate among Republican presidential candidates on Thursday.

Lower thyroid cancer risk with chamomile tea

(NaturalNews) Chamomile, the attractive, daisy-like flower that is native to many parts of Europe, has a long history of medicinal use that stretches back to the time of ancient Rome. It is most popularly known for its ability to promote relaxation, stress relief and a good night’s…

Facing epidemic, Cincinnati hospitals test mothers, newborns for drugs

By Mary Wisniewski CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Bubbly and athletic, Heather Padgett, raised in a loving family in the Cincinnati suburbs, would not fit the stereotype of a heroin addict. Until she got clean last August, she was part of what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called a heroin epidemic – a 100 percent rise in heroin addiction among Americans between 2002 and 2013. The sharp rise

This software sees if your brain is busy before interrupting

There’s a modern-day malady that everyone suffers from – getting distracted by phone notifications in the middle of something important and struggling to regain focus again. But now computer scientists have developed software that automatically screens out low-priority emails or texts. It’s called Phylter, and uses a headband to detect when you’re concentrating on something. Changes in blood flow in the prefrontal cortex can signal brain activity, allowing the program