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Cray supercomputer named world’s fastest

WASHINGTON — A Cray supercomputer at the US government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was named Monday the world’s fastest, overtaking an IBM supercomputer at another American research center. The ranking released by researchers from the United States and Germany found that Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge…

Susan Rice happy to stay at UN for Obama

UNITED NATIONS — Susan Rice, the top US diplomat at the center of speculation about a top job in the new Obama administration, said Monday she is happy to remain the US ambassador to the United Nations. US media reports have made Rice a strong contender to become US secretary…

U.S. vows to attack ‘flaws’ in UN Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Monday won a new term on the UN Human Rights Council and vowed to renew its campaign to put right “flaws” in the controversial body. The United States was one of 18 countries to win places on the 47-member council from January 1.…

Latin American leaders urge review of U.S. pro-marijuana referenda

MEXICO CITY — The leaders of Mexico and three Central American nations called Monday for a review of anti-drug policies after two US states voted to legalize marijuana. The presidents of Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Belize called on the United Nations to hold a special session by 2015 to…

U.S. stocks flat amid ‘fiscal cliff’ fears

NEW YORK — US stocks closed flat Monday as persistent fears about the looming “fiscal cliff” of spending cuts and tax hikes at year-end overshadowed encouraging China trade data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.23 point (0.00 percent) at 12,815.16. The broad-market S&P 500 edged up a bare 0.15…

Human intelligence slowly declining, says leading geneticist

Humans are slowly losing their cognitive capabilities as adverse genetic mutations fail to be weeded out by evolutionary pressures, according to a bold hypothesis put forward by Dr. Gerald Crabtree of Stanford University. “I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly…

Kyrsten Sinema becomes first openly bisexual member of Congress

The Associated Press declared Democrat Kyrsten Sinema the winner of Arizona’s 9th Congressional District race on Monday, making her the openly first bisexual individual to be elected to Congress. “I am grateful for the honor and the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona again,” she said in a statement.…

Tower of London changes locks after intruder steals two sets of keys

Some of the locks at the Tower of London — home to Queen Elizabeth II’s crown jewels — have had to be changed after two sets of keys were stolen from the grounds, red-faced officials said on Monday. Police have launched an investigation after an intruder gained access to the…

Rep. Randy Neugebauer: Unemployment benefits ‘incentivized people not to work’

A Republican congressman from Texas on Monday suggested that many people were too lazy to get a job because unemployment benefits had “incentivized” them not to work. “We’ve got to the point in this country where we incentivized people not to work, instead of incentivized them to work,” Rep. Randy…

Red Cross to launch website to reunite families torn apart by crisis

GENEVA — The Red Cross is preparing to launch a new website to help reunite families ripped apart by conflicts and natural disasters all around the world, it said Monday. “War, disaster and migration separate thousands of family members every year,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said in…

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