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Saudi woman’s historic bow over in 82 seconds

Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani became the first ever female Saudi athlete to compete at the Olympic Games on Friday, but her historic debut lasted just 82 seconds. Looking nervous and wearing a swimming cap-style head covering, she was beaten by Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico in the first round of the…

Hague pledges more ‘non-lethal’ help for Syria rebels

Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged greater support for Syria’s rebel fighters on Friday, as the battle for the country’s commercial capital Aleppo intensified. “Given the scale of death and suffering and the failure so far of the diplomatic process we will, over the coming weeks, increase our practical but non-lethal…

Quebec vintner turns tomatoes into wine

Canadian wine lovers have been raising a glass to an increasingly popular but unusual vintage crafted from a secret Belgian family recipe four generations old using … tomatoes. Pascal Miche, a former pork butcher in his 40s, says his is the first tomato wine to be successfully commercialized — with…

World’s Longest Yardsale opens through six U.S. states

The World’s Longest Yardsale opened for a 25th season Thursday along US Highway 127, offering second-hand bargains and entertainment over 690 miles (1,100 kilometers) in six states. Organized by the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in northern Tennessee, it’s the longest the four-day attic-clearing event has ever stretched, running from…

Scientists treat ulcers with ‘spray-on skin’

Scientists said Friday they had developed a revolutionary “spray-on skin” treatment for venous leg ulcers — a common ailment involving a shallow, open and stubborn wound on the ankle or lower leg. Using a spray of skin cells suspended in a mixture of proteins that aid blood clotting, the team…

NASA confident ahead of nail-biter Mars landing

NASA said all was well ahead of its nail-biting mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. On a two-year journey to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the landing of…

Komen uses misleading stats to oversell mammograms: experts

Medical experts on Friday accused a major US breast cancer foundation known for its high-profile “pink ribbon” campaign of overselling pre-emptive mammography and understating the risks. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation uses misleading statistics in its pro-screening campaigns, two doctors from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy…

Chick-fil-A sales briefly soar amid gay marriage flap

WASHINGTON — Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A said Thursday it enjoyed “unprecedented” sales when customers across the United States turned out by the thousands to support its opposition to same-sex marriage. “We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers” the company’s executive vice president for marketing…

Obama gets personal over Romney’s ‘fairy dust’ tax cut

ORLANDO, Florida — President Barack Obama warned Thursday that Mitt Romney’s “fairy dust” tax cuts would swell his millionaire Republican foe’s personal wealth while sticking the middle class with the bill. In a punchy new personal attack ad running in battleground states, the Obama camp said Romney would hike taxes…

U.S. stands firm against arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up support for the Syrian rebels but, despite the failure of UN envoy Kofi Annan’s mission, is sticking to its refusal to pour arms into a complex conflict. Annan, the UN and the Arab League’s pointman on Syria, resigned on Thursday, leaving the…

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