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FDA OKs chemo drug for prostate cancer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first prostate cancer chemotherapy drug found to extend the survival of men who are no longer being helped by other treatments.

The drug is called Jevtana and it is made by Sanofi-Aventis of France. The FDA approved Jevtana to treat prostate cancer that does not respond to hormone-deprivation treatments or to docetaxel, the cancer drug most commonly used to fight prostate tumors. Earlier this year, a study showed Jevtana prolonged survival for those patients by 10 weeks.

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Lawsuit settlement favors Orthodox Jews

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A New York City suburb has settled a civil rights lawsuit and will allow Orthodox Jews to gather at a house near a hospital so they can visit patients on the Sabbath without breaking their religious laws.

The village of Suffern had denied a variance from single-family zoning. Under the settlement, as many as 14 people can stay overnight at the home, known as a "Shabbos House."

The Orthodox, who typically don't drive, use electricity, exchange money or carry objects on the Sabbath, can now drive to the residence on a Friday, before the Sabbath begins at sundown. They can walk to Good Samaritan Hospital during the Sabbath and drive home after it ends. Discharged patients can also stay there.

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Public invited to play pianos at 50 sites

NEW YORK (AP) -- Consider them keys to the city: Anyone who gets a sudden itch to tickle the ivories will be able to play free public pianos in 50 places throughout New York City, from the Coney Island boardwalk to the Metropolitan Museum.

An art installation touring the world is making its first U.S. stop beginning Monday. For two weeks, players can play tunes on pianos all over New York City at famous landmarks.

The concept, devised by British artist Luke Jerram, has put more than 130 pianos in parks, squares and bus stations since 2008 in cities including London, Sydney and Sao Paulo.

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Retailers caught selling illegal knives to agents

NEW YORK (AP) -- Home Depot, Orvis and five other retailers have acknowledged stocking illegal knives in New York City stores after undercover investigators said they were sold banned switchblades and gravity knives.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Thursday that seven retailers have agreed to stop selling such knives. The seven companies have agreed to pay the state and city a total of nearly $2 million in profits from previous sales.

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