ASPIRIN-HEART ATTACKS

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

UNDATED (AP) — New studies find most people won't benefit from taking daily low-dose aspirin or fish oil supplements to prevent a first heart attack or stroke.

Aspirin is recommended now for lowering the risk of a second heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have suffered one. The new research does not change that advice.

Instead, it tested whether aspirin also could prevent a first heart attack or stroke in people with diabetes or with several other health threats such as smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

In those cases, aspirin's benefits did not outweigh the risk of serious bleeding it can cause.

Results were discussed Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Munich.

DIET DRUG

Weight-loss drug Belviq seems safe for heart, study finds

UNDATED (AP) — For the first time, a study finds that a drug can help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems.

Doctors say the results may encourage wider use of the drug, Belviq, (BELL'-vik), to help fight obesity.

Belviq has been sold in the United States since 2013 and is the first of several new weight-loss medicines to pass a heart safety study required by federal regulators to stay on the market.

A study in 12,000 people found that after three years, heart problems were no more common among Belviq users than among those taking dummy pills.

Results were discussed Sunday at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in Munich and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

JAIL BOOKS

Too much reading

US appeals court in Chicago revives lawsuit on books in jail

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has breathed life back into a lawsuit alleging policies at Cook County Jail in Illinois that limit the number of books inmates can have at a time violates their First Amendment rights.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn't rule on the constitutional question in its finding last week. It returned the case to the lower court that tossed it with instructions to reconsider the matter.

Ex-inmate Gregory Koger's lawyers challenged the policy of allowing detainees to have only three books or magazines in their cells. They said guards seized some 30 books in 2013 as he served a 300-day sentence.

The three-judge panel said the lower court needed to determine certain facts before a definitive ruling, including precisely what the jail's book policy is.

TITANIC-WATCH-AUCTION

Pocket watch from Titanic passenger sold at auction

DALLAS (AP) — A pocket watch that was recovered from a passenger who died on the Titanic has sold at auction for $57,500.

Heritage Auctions says the watch, sold on Saturday, had been recovered from a 34-year-old passenger named Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who managed to get his wife Miriam to a lifeboat before he died in icy waters after the ship hit an iceberg.

Kantor's body was later pulled from the Atlantic Ocean and he was buried in New York.

The pocket watch was sold by a direct descendant of Miriam and Sinai Kantor.

It was bought by a collector of timepieces connected to the famous sinking.

ALABAMA MAN FINED FOR TOUCHING ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL

Sealing his fate

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement in Hawaii used the man's social media accounts to track down his home address.

The Alabama man, in the video posted on Instagram walks up to a sleeping monk seal at night, and strokes it with his hand. The startled seal quickly turns toward him, and he runs away.

NOAA officials also found a video of him aggressively pursuing a sea turtle while snorkeling.

All species of sea turtles in U.S. waters are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

STILT HOUSE BURNS

American flag stilt house burns off Florida coast

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — The American flag stilt house off Florida's coast was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike.

The often photographed home that attracted scores of boaters burned Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico off the Pasco County shore.

Pasco County used remote pumps and a fireboat to try to save the home, but reported the structure was a total loss. The department said lightning caused the fire.

The home was known for having the American flag painted on two sides of the structure. It was also featured on the website of Visit Florida, the state's tourism agency.