Kerry Fined for Not Shoveling Snow
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been ticketed $50 for failing to clear the sidewalk outside his Boston home after a snow storm pummeled the northeastern United States this week.
After a blizzard dumped 60 centimeters of snow on his city, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh vowed to crack down on anyone who left the sidewalks around their homes and businesses buried in snow.
On Thursday, officials tagged Kerry with a $50 fine Thursday morning for failing to clear the snow from the side of his Beacon Hill mansion.
Kerry was in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah with President Barack Obama.
A spokesman for Kerry said the country's top diplomat will promptly pay the fine.
Snow shovelers hired by Kerry finished clearing the sidewalk late Thursday morning.
Obama Wants US to Lead a 'New Era' of Medicine
U.S. President Barack Obama wants to invest $215 million into a new health initiative that would help tailor medical treatment to an individual's genetic make-up.
President Obama will propose Friday the bulk of the money goes to the National Institutes of Health and its affiliate, the National Cancer Institute for the development of "precision medicine;" a treatment that would replace a "one size fits all" approach to medicine.
A White House Statement said "most medical treatments have been designed for the 'average patient'....as a result, treatments can be very successful for some patients, but not for others."
The funding would be used to collect gene, chemical, lifestyle and other data from one million volunteers who would be studied to determine how genetic variants affect health and disease.
But first, the initiative, which is part of the Democratic president's 2016 budget, must be approved by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Mr. Obama said in his recent State of the Union address that he wants "the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine."