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Study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

A new US study has found that Alzheimer’s disease spreads from one part of the brain to another like an infection, a discovery that could aid the development of treatments to slow its progress. The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study on transgenic mice found that the abnormal tau protein…

Floods create ‘inland sea’ in Australia

SYDNEY — Major flooding hit parts of Australia’s east on Friday, stranding thousands of residents, prompting a military airlift and leaving some communities only accessible by helicopter. The deluge, which has sparked dozens of rescues and left about 7,275 people isolated in various parts of New South Wales state has…

Panetta says Israel ‘could strike’ Iran in spring

BRUSSELS — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial. When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it…

Supporters rally for Planned Parenthood in abortion row

WASHINGTON — Supporters of a woman’s right to abortion pushed back hard Thursday after a major breast-cancer charity halted funding to Planned Parenthood, the biggest single abortion provider in the United States. The very public split between longtime partners Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation…

Huffington Post to launch streaming network

WASHINGTON — The Huffington Post on Thursday marked the first anniversary of its acquisition by AOL with an announcement that it plans to launch an online video streaming network. The HuffPost Streaming Network will launch this summer with 12 hours a day of original programming, to be increased to 16…

Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

WASHINGTON — Drug addicts have inherited abnormalities in some parts of the brain which interfere with impulse control, said a British study published in the United States on Thursday. Previous research has pointed to these differences, but it was unclear if they resulted from the ravages of addiction or if…

Obama, foes in military spending cut fight

WASHINGTON — The White House and its Republican foes clashed Thursday over a law requiring steep cuts to military spending after a congressional “SuperCommittee” failed to agree on long-range deficit reduction. Republicans have stepped up election-year pressure on President Barack Obama to help them roll back the measure, warning that…

Trump gives glitzy backing to frontrunner Romney

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump threw his weight behind Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Thursday, in a glitzy boost for the former Massachusetts governor’s White House hopes. In typical Trump style, he had kept poll-watchers guessing until the last moment; as late…

Fourth potentially habitable planet is discovered

WASHINGTON — International astronomers said on Thursday they have found the fourth potentially habitable planet outside our solar system with temperatures that could support water and life about 22 light-years from Earth. The team analyzed data from the European Southern Observatory about a star known as GJ 667C, which is…

Yemenis protest Saleh presence in U.S.

NEW YORK — Activists protested Thursday outside the luxury New York hotel where they believe Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh is staying while seeking medical treatment. The Yemeni leader’s whereabouts have not been confirmed since he arrived in the United States Saturday on a chartered flight. US authorities let…

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