USCHINA-MED-TECH:MS _ A Chinese market for medical technology used to be on the long list of lofty goals for devicemakers like Medtronic. Now U.S. med-tech firms are seeing double-digit growth as they partner with Chinese manufacturers, purchase Chinese companies and race to educate and woo Chinese doctors and patients eager to tap the latest technology.
A growing Chinese middle class and increasing investment in health care by the Chinese government are making such devices as pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps and spine products accessible to hundreds of millions of new patients. More-familiar factors play a role, too, as the nation falls prey to such chronic ailments as heart disease and diabetes, meaning even more customers will lean on technology from U.S. devicemakers to prolong and improve their lives.
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RAC-CALIFCHROME-SPORTSPLUS:LX_The quest for opportunity is often endless in Thoroughbred racing. Entire careers are spent seeking the chance to flirt with the sport's pinnacles, and even those who make it cope with the day-to-day angst of it possibly being snatched away.
His days as a jockey over and his training career stagnant, Willie Delgado's career was short on favorable breaks. So when his older brother Alberto told him last summer something greater loomed if he left his Maryland base and got a taste of what he was experiencing in Southern California, Willie packed his bags and set off on the chase.
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HOME-BEATLES:TC _ The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house.
But inside, the house is vibrating. On this day, as with most, it's from a track by the iconic British band The Beatles.
Jones is an extreme Beatles fan. He's not alone, but few have gone to the length Jones has.
Using paint, furnishings, murals and memorabilia, Jones has turned his Lakewood, Wash., home into a temple devoted to The Beatles, classic rock and pop culture.
Jones became a fan of The Beatles at the age of 3 when he heard "A Hard Day's Night." Now 51, he's still just as obsessed. He's been to the birthplace of the Beatles _ Liverpool, England _ three times.
"Some people go to Jerusalem, I go there," Jones says.
He doesn't dress like the Beatles, he is quick to point out. But he'd be forgiven if he did.
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OBSTACLERUN:OX _ The customary salutation "Here's mud in your eye" assumes a far more literal usage for battle-weary, exhaustion-bleary, extreme-mud-run conquerors.
"Really, man, you've got huge mud clods in your eye, your ears, everywhere," a friend informed John Ratto, 35, of Stockton, while toasting him with a Dos Equis at the finish line at last month's NorCal Tough Mudder extreme obstacle-course challenge. Held in the rugged Diablo Grande hills of the Central Valley, it's part of a growing worldwide industry of butt-kicking, limit-stretching endurance events that seem to grow more wacky, wild and decidedly dirty every year.
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