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New limits on chimpanzee research in the U.S.

The leading US medical research agency has said it would review all government-funded experiments on chimpanzees after an independent panel of experts urged strict limits on their use in biomedical research. The head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, said he agreed with the findings of the…

U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case to get his day in court

WASHINGTON — A year and a half after his arrest, Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of turning hundreds of thousands of classified US documents over to WikiLeaks, gets his first day in court on Friday. Manning, who turns 24 on Saturday, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary military…

Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers clinched a deal to avoid a government shutdown that could have further undermined public confidence in American leaders, congressional sources said. Negotiators from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-dominated Senate agreed to allow a vote by Friday on a $1 trillion bill that would…

Shots fired at Chinese consulate in LA: police

LOS ANGELES — Shots were fired at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on Thursday, but no one was injured, police said, adding that an Asian suspect was being sought. The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the shooting occurred after a scuffle between protesters outside the building and a…

Romney back on top ahead of Iowa debate: poll

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — White House hopeful Mitt Romney returned to top of the unsettled field of Republican candidates as rival Newt Gingrich lost support in a poll out Thursday ahead of the final debate before the party’s first nominating event. Iowa has been flooded with ads and appearances in…

Obama raps Republican ‘lurch’ to extremes

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has complained that Republicans see “compromise” as a dirty word, in an interview aired as his aides pressed for a deal in Congress on ending the latest political standoff. Obama told ABC News in an interview, parts of which were to be broadcast Thursday,…

Victoria’s Secret to probe child labor claims

WASHINGTON — US lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret on Thursday vowed to investigate claims that some of its fair-trade underwear is produced using child labor. In a statement Victoria’s Secret’s parent company said it was “very concerned” that fair-trade-certified cotton used in its panties could have been farmed using under-aged labor…

SEC appeals Citigroup settlement

NEW YORK — The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday appealed a court ruling which had blocked a deal to fine Citigroup $285 million on the grounds the regulator had let the bank off too lightly. The SEC said the judge’s call for Citigroup to be forced to admit…

‘Octomom’ doctor fails to win back medical license

LOS ANGELES — A California fertility doctor who infamously helped a woman give birth to octuplets lost a legal bid Thursday to win back his medical license, stripped from him due to “gross negligence.” The California Medical Board revoked Dr Michael Kamrava’s license in June because of a number of…

Buoyant economic data boosts U.S. stocks

NEW YORK — Positive data on the US jobs market, industrial activity and trade gave a boost to US stocks Thursday, but eurozone clouds continued to hover over the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45.33 points (0.38 percent) to finish at 11,868.81. The broader S&P 500 rose 3.93…

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