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U.S. offers reward for killer of Chinese students

LOS ANGELES — US authorities have offered $200,000 in reward money to find whoever killed two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles last week, after more funds were pledged Tuesday. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot in the early hours of last…

Top Republicans in Congress finally back Romney

WASHINGTON — They didn’t come with a flourish or in a much-plugged TV appearance, but endorsements by the top two Republicans in the US Congress finally arrived Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the party’s all-but-certain nominee. Sensing the inevitability of a Romney victory in the battle to see which Republican squares…

Pulitzer Prize picture highlights ethics debate

WASHINGTON — It is a picture of pure horror that is difficult to look at. But Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini’s gut-wrenching image of an Afghan girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber’s attack last December was widely disseminated and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news…

New prostate cancer therapy shows fewer side effects: study

A new prostate cancer treatment using high frequency sound waves may be a viable alternative to surgery and radiotherapy with less chance of incontinence or impotence, researchers said Tuesday. A clinical trial funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council examined the efficacy of a new treatment known as high-intensity focused ultrasound…

U.S. House Speaker Boehner endorses Romney

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner ended his neutrality Tuesday in the Republican presidential race, endorsing Mitt Romney and saying he’d be “proud” to help him win the US election. “It’s clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” Boehner told reporters following a bruising, months-long…

Payment via smartphone ‘going mainstream’ soon

Using smartphones or tablets as digital “wallets” will be common within a decade, largely replacing cash and credit cards, according to a Pew Research survey released on Tuesday. Sixty-five percent of “technology stakeholders and critics” who responded to an opt-in poll by Pew Research and Elon University Imagining the Internet…

Toshiba to pay $850 million for IBM retail unit

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba said Tuesday it would pay about $850.0 million for IBM’s retail products unit, with the US firm saying it would create the world’s leading point-of-sale company. The transaction was expected to be completed later in the year, with the move aimed at retailers who “will benefit from…

Two new frog species found in Philippines

Two new species of frog have been discovered in fast-disappearingforests in the Philippines, boosting hopes for the survival of the country’s rich but threatened wildlife, scientists said Tuesday. The new discoveries are a mottled brown frog with red eyes and a broad yellow stripe running down its back, and a…

Uncertain future for Japan’s cat cafes

For the young women whiling away their evenings with a cappuccino in hand and a cat on their lap, Tokyo’s “neko cafes” are the ideal place to unwind and soothe their stresses. “After a long day at work, I just want to stroke cats and relax,” said saleswoman Akiko Harada. “I…

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early

Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014…

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