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Authorities faulted in '85 terror bombing

TORONTO (AP) -- A public inquiry concluded Thursday that Canadian authorities should have known that an Air India flight in 1985 was a likely terrorist target.

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 killed 329 people in one of the world's deadliest terrorist strikes. It is the largest case of mass murder in Canadian history.

Former Supreme Court Justice John C. Major said Thursday that a cascading series of errors contributed to the failure of Canada's police and security forces to prevent the atrocity.

The Air India flight from Montreal to London, originating in Vancouver, exploded and crashed off Ireland on June 23, 1985. An hour earlier, a bomb in baggage intended for another Air India flight exploded in the Tokyo airport, killing two baggage handlers.

Before the bombings, Canadian intelligence officials had apparently learned of the plot by Sikh separatists in Canada and India for a terrorist attack.


Drug is called lifesaver for stopping bleeding

LONDON (Bloomberg News) -- A generic drug that costs less than $10 per treatment may save as many as 100,000 lives a year by preventing people from bleeding to death after accidents, researchers said Thursday. The medicine, tranexamic acid, is widely used to control bleeding in hemophiliacs, after surgery, and by women who have abnormally heavy menstrual periods.

The drug, given in two injections to patients suffering from bleeding after accidents, reduced the number of deaths by 10 percent, compared with a placebo, said a study published in the journal Lancet. The medicine reduced the number of deaths from bleeding by 15 percent, according to the research.

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