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Study: Kids suffer long-term from parents’ smoking

Children exposed to their parents’ cigarette smoke are at greater risk of suffering serious cardiovascular health problems later in life, a study showed Wednesday. The Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania collected data from a Finnish and Australian study following children first examined 20 years ago who are now aged in their mid-30s. It found that those…

U.S. climber describes deadly congestion on Everest

An American adventurer who helped rescue four climbers fromMount Everest last weekend has told of how a crowded push for the summit and bad weather created deadly conditions for mountaineers. Jon Kedrowski, 33, who was near the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak when four people died on Saturday, described how exhausted climbers battled high winds…

Australian tycoon ‘is world’s richest woman’

Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart has eclipsed Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton to become the world’s wealthiest woman, according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly. A preview of the respected BRW Rich 200 list, published Wednesday, put the mining tycoon’s personal fortune at Aus$29.17 billion (US$28.48 billion), a figure that sees her outstrip Walton for the first…

Olympic torch takes a wrong turn

The Olympic torch briefly took a wrong turn on Wednesday, delaying the flame’s relay across Britain by about ten minutes. The torch convoy muddled the route in Failand near Bristol, southwest England, a London Organising Committee of the Olympicand Paralympic Games (LOCOG) spokesman said. The relay was “in convoy mode” at the…

World Bank: China must act to prevent hard landing

China’s economic growth will ease further this year, presenting policy makers in Beijing with the challenge of preventing an excessively abrupt slowdown, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday. The bank warned slower expansion in China would ripple acrossAsia and the Pacific, but said the region remained resilient toEurope’s economic woes,…

Schizophrenic Christian believed he was beheading a space alien

A Chinese immigrant who beheaded and cannibalized a Canadian bus passenger in front of horrified travelers four years ago spoke out for the first time, saying he believed his victim was an alien. Vince Weiguang Li, 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old…

U.S. Army Private goes on trial for planned base attack

A US soldier accused of plotting an attack on a military base after fleeing his post as a Muslim conscientious objector went on trial wearing a surgical mask and manacled to the floor. Courtroom security agents behind him wore protective goggles, an apparent reaction to an incident in which the…

Street lights disrupt ecosystem, says beetle study

Street lights have an unexpectedly strong effect on insect populations, favouring some species while punishing others, according to a study released Wednesday that raises new questions about human impact on wildlife. Researchers led by Thomas Davies at the University of Exeter, southwestern England, spent three days in August 2011 placing…

Cyber crooks cranking out new weapons, experts warn

Cyber criminals are cranking out new weapons at a brisk pace, tailoring malicious software for a spectrum of gadgets including smartphones, tablets, and Macintosh computers, a security firm said. A “threats report” released late Monday by McAfee showed that the number of new pieces of malicious code, or “malware,” targeting…

Egyptians vote in historic presidential election

CAIRO — Egyptians take to the polls on Wednesday in a historic presidential election contested by Islamists and secularists promising radically different futures for the country. The election is the final phase of a tumultuous transition overseen by the ruling military council after a popular uprising ousted longtime president Hosni…

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