Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

USA

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

USA

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Scientists argued over human cloning yesterday before a National Academy of Science panel grappling with the issue. Dr. Severino Antinori of Rome, who has said he and US researcher Panos Zavos plan to start cloning embryos in November for couples who can't have children, said he has developed methods to screen out abnormal embryos. Others disagreed, however, and questioned both the risk of abnormalities and the ethics of practicing on humans. Since scientists successfully cloned Dolly, a sheep, in 1997, human cloning has been a major focus of discussion and legislation. The FDA has prohibited the practice in the US.

Gun makers won an important victory when the California Supreme Court ruled that victims and families cannot sue manufacturers when their products are used illegally. The 5-to-1 decision overturned an earlier ruling. The case involved a 1993 incident in which a man opened fire in a San Francisco law office, killing eight people. Survivors claimed Navegar Inc., the maker of the TEC-DC9 gun used in the shooting, was liable because it marketed the gun to appeal to criminals. The California ruling is in line with other states that have considered similar lawsuits.

American workers' productivity, a key measure of rising living standards, rose in the second quarter to its best showing in a year, the Labor Department reported yesterday. Productivity - the amount of output per hour of work - rose at an annual rate of 2.5 percent from April to June, better than the 1.5 percent growth rate many analysts were predicting. Gains in productivity are key to rising living standards because they allow wages to increase without triggering inflation.

The advance for former President Bill Clinton's book deal reportedly tops $10 million, a record for a nonfiction book. …

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