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Chronic fatigue link to viruses

A study has uncovered a family of mouse viruses in some Americans with chronic fatigue syndrome, raising still more questions about whether an infection may play a role in the complicated illness.

The co-author of the study, Dr Harvey Alter of the National Institutes of Health, stressed that the study does not prove that having any of these viruses causes harm.

But it strengthens suspicions, and additional research is under way to determine if the link is real or not.

Six safe after crash-landing

A small plane crash-landed in waters off the Bahamas and all six people aboard were rescued, police have said.

Police superintendent Melvin Lundy said boats picked the passengers up and brought them safely to Grand Bahama Island.

He said the plane was flying a short distance from Walker's Cay at the northern tip of the island chain to Grand Bahama when it went down.

'Kowabunga' writer (85) dies

Edward Kean, primary writer of the Howdy Doody Show and who is credited with creating the exclamation 'kowabunga', died at the age of 85.

Kean died at a nursing care facility in Detroit from complications of emphysema.

Kean created the exclamation 'kowabunga' for the show, later borrowed by Bart Simpson in The Simpsons.

Soap star's PA in poison claim

A Venezuelan soap opera actress is at the heart of a real-life telenovela after her personal assistant was arrested for allegedly trying to poison her and her family.

Actress Gabriela Spanic's assistant allegedly poisoned the actress's food with ammonium sulphate.

Prosecutors said Marcia Fernandez, an Argentinian citizen, was putting the chemical in Spanic's food for at least four months.

The 36-year-old actress told investigators that she, her family and a maid were suffering from vertigo, headaches, fatigue and chills for months.

Spanic became suspicious of her assistant after noticing she was the only one at the household who had not been sick.