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The Latest: Oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico being evacuated

The Latest: Oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico being evacuated

World
The Latest on Tropical Storm Nate (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A U.S. federal agency says oil and gas companies have begun evacuating production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's New Orleans office said in a news release that as of midday Thursday, six production platforms, out of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf, had been evacuated. No drilling rigs were evacuated, but one moveable rig was taken out of the storm's path. The agency estimated less than 15 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 254,607 barrels of oil per day. Nate formed in the Caribbean Sea Thursday and was expected to be in the Gulf by Saturday morning. ——— 3:20 p.m. Author
The secret to being a great saver

The secret to being a great saver

Finance
Money guide for Millennials"What's the difference between 'paying yourself first' and saving money?" -- Ayesha Paying yourself first is a way to save money. In fact, it's the best way to save money. The trick is that rather than setting extra money aside, you're saving for yourself and your future goals right away, before spending the rest on non-essentials. Treat the savings goal like an important bill -- just like your rent or mortgage -- that must be paid every month. The only difference is it's a bill you pay to yourself. "Anybody can save the remnants of a paycheck after they've spent most of it," says George Galat, a California-based financial adviser. "[Paying yourself first] is purposeful, proactive and implies a level of progression toward a collection of goals," says Galat. ...
Many women struggle with being 'suddenly single'

Many women struggle with being 'suddenly single'

Finance
Becoming suddenly single can set your world in a tailspin, and a lack of financial planning is setting women in particular even further back.Death or divorce rank among the top five financial challenges female clients face, according to a report by Key Private Bank. Estate planning, investment decisions and legacy planning were the other top hurdles, the report said.Though traditional gender roles are changing, financial advisors say, many couples still adhere to them, with men generally taking the lead on finances.However, the average age of widowhood is 59, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with many women living another decade or more beyond a husband's death. "Many women play a passive role when it comes to money and investing," said Rorrie Gregorio, the national partner in charge o...
GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Health
The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig.Tests identified 25 Pervs - porcine endogenous retroviruses - hidden in the pig's genetic code.Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues.But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing t...
World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

Science
Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study.The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists.This relies on human willingness to share the landscape with the likes of the wolf.The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, was carried out by Christopher Wolf and William Ripple of Oregon State University.They mapped the current range of 25 large carnivores using International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List data. This was compared with historic maps from 500 years ago. The work shows that large carnivore r...