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Chelation therapy study investigated

The largest alternative medicine study the government has ever launched has stopped enrolling people as officials investigate whether participants were fully informed of the risks and are being adequately protected.

More than 1,500 heart attack survivors are involved in the research, which tests a controversial treatment called chelation. It is mainly used to treat lead poisoning.

More than two people have died, but the Miami doctor leading the study said the deaths were not a direct result of the treatments. He said he doesn't know exactly how many deaths have occurred. Associated Press

VERMONT Waterbury

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking Ben & Jerry's to use human breast milk in its products instead of cow's milk, saying it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product. The idea got a cool reception Thursday from the ice cream maker. Associated Press

SOUTH AFRICA

Kgalema Motlanthe, 59, a former trade unionist once imprisoned in the apartheid era on charges of terrorism, was overwhelmingly elected Thursday by Parliament as South Africa's president.

Whether he merely keeps the seat warm until elections next year – when Jacob Zuma, his party's leader, presumably will take over – depends on whether Zuma, 66, can skirt corruption charges.

Two weeks ago, a High Court judge threw out those charges and implied that President Thabo Mbeki and his Cabinet had meddled in the case. The opinion led the governing African National Congress to demand that Mbeki step down, leading to the quick ascension of Motlanthe as an interim president.

If an appeal succeeds, however, or if charges against Zuma are refiled, party elders may see Motlanthe as an ace in the hole instead of a caretaker.

New York Times

MIAMI

Tropical Storm Kyle has formed south of Bermuda in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm formed Thursday and had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. Kyle, the 11th named storm this season in the Atlantic, is expected to strengthen. Associated Press

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