NYC adds double dutch rope jumping as school sport (AP)

AP – The popular urban street pastime called double dutch, in which competitors jump between two ropes twirled eggbeater-style, is getting more recognition, becoming an officially sanctioned sport in New York City high schools.

Aid organisation seeking talks on suspended Niger operations (AFP)

AFP – French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Saturday it was lobbying government officials in Niger to allow it to continue its aid work, after it was ordered to suspend activities there.

Artificial pancreas just years away, experts agree (Reuters)

Reuters – Researchers working on an
artificial pancreas believe they are just a few years away from
a nearly carefree way for people with diabetes to monitor blood
and inject insulin as needed.

California bans restaurants from using trans fats (AP)

AP – California on Friday became the first state to ban trans fats from restaurant food, following several cities and major fast-food chains in erasing the notorious artery-clogger from menus.