GOP lawmakers seen eying coveted mortgage interest, local tax deductions in fiscal overhaul

WASHINGTON – Republicans straining to find about $1 trillion to finance sweeping tax cuts are homing in on two popular deductions that are woven into the nation’s fiscal fabric — the mortgage interest deduction that millions of homeowners prize and the deduction for state and local taxes popular in Democratic strongholds. About 30 million Americans,

Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

Image copyright Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Image caption Toy guns can lead to eye injuries, particularly if the bullets are hard and travel at speed Bullets from Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries, doctors from a London eye hospital are warning. They treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye, pain and blurred vision

‘Eye worm infection could spread to UK’

Image copyright John Graham-Brown Image caption Fully grown worms sit on the surface of the eye and cause irritation An eye infection caused by a parasitic worm increasingly common in mainland Europe could spread to the UK, pet owners are being warned. The disease, Thelazia callipaeda or oriental eye worm, is transmitted by a type

Northrop’s $7.8 billion Orbital deal to boost its space, missile pursuits as North Korea threat looms

NEW YORK/CHICAGO – Northrop Grumman Corp.’s $7.8 billion purchase of Orbital ATK Inc. will expand its space and missile businesses just as the U.S. sharpens its focus on defending against a possible strike by North Korea. The transaction cements a turnaround for Northrop, which had been the target of breakup speculation before it scored an

‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer

Image copyright Supplied Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments. Medulloblastoma affects about 70 to 80 children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. That can leave children with life-altering injuries.