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Struggling Floridians line up for chance to plead to keep homes

MIAMI (Reuters) – Nearly 1,200 people lined up at a downtown Miami conference center on Wednesday, holding onto mortgage documents and income statements in the hope of saving the homes they are struggling to pay for. Seated at rows of long tables were scores of loan processing agents for 19…

CERN to re-run Einstein particle tests

GENEVA (Reuters) – Physicists are to run new tests in May after the CERN research institute said on Thursday that its startling findings appearing to show that one of Einstein’s fundamental theories was wrong could have been caused by a loose cable. The CERN lab near Geneva appeared to contradict…

Huge increase in U.S. kids living in poverty: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010. In 2000, 6.3 million children lived in high poverty…

Oakland police accused of shooting Oscar Grant’s cousin

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A man shot and wounded by an Oakland police officer last weekend was a cousin of Oscar Grant, whose shooting death by a Bay Area transit officer sparked violent demonstrations in 2010, his attorney said on Wednesday. The officer shot Tony Jones, 24, in the back…

Alcoholism not uncommon among surgeons

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – About 15 percent of surgeons have alcohol abuse or dependency problems, a rate that is somewhat higher than the rest of the population, according to a new survey. The researchers also found that surgeons who showed signs of alcoholism were 45 percent more likely to…

‘Iran Cyber Army’ hits state TV site

Hackers calling themselves the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ have attacked the website of mainly Muslim neighbour Azerbaijan’s state television station, the communications ministry said on Thursday. In the overnight attack, the hackers replaced AzTV’s homepage with the message: “Life is a game. Game over!” The state airline AZAL was also hit…

Lego owners buy major stake in German wind power project

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The family holding company that controls Danish toymaker Lego has agreed to buy 32 percent of a German offshore wind energy project from Denmark’s DONG Energy for more than $500 million, DONG said on Thursday. DONG Energy said Lego Group’s parent company Kirkbi A/S would invest 3…

War and neglect leaves 500,000 Afghans homeless: Amnesty

Half a million Afghans displaced by war have been left homeless and struggling to survive because of government and international neglect, Amnesty International said Thursday. Around 400 people join makeshift shelters around the country every day, Amnesty said in a report entitled “Fleeing war, finding misery”, based on three years…

White House unveils ‘one click’ online privacy plan

The White House unveiled an online privacy proposal Thursday intended to allow Web users to easily opt out of being tracked on the Internet. The “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” has received the backing of leading Internet companies and online advertising networks and would involve a simple “one click” setting…

Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot’s Cambodia

When the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter. “There was nobody there. It was like walking into the Twilight Zone,” recalled one-time Washington…

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