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Bodies confirmed as missing San Diego family

In a dark twist to a mystery that has preoccupied the American media, police yesterday confirmed that four bodies found in shallow graves by a motorcyclist in the Californian desert were those of a young couple and their two small children, who vanished nearly four years ago. The disappearance of…

US group seeks block on blockbuster Hep-C drug patent in India

AFP – A US-based patient rights group said Saturday it has sought to block a bid by California-based Gilead Sciences to obtain an Indian patent for a potentially blockbuster drug to treat hepatitis C. New York’s Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), which works to ensure affordable access to…

Report: US, Iran reach accord on nuclear proliferation

Negotiators for Iran the world powers reached an agreement on Iran and its nuclear program in Geneva early Sunday morning, CNN International and other news agencies are reporting. “We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran,” tweeted Michael Mann, a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign…

Deli clerks give $1K to unaware $1M lottery scratch ticket winner; clerks arrested

Two long island deli owners appear to have gambled against the wits of one of their lottery customers and lost. Police in New York’s Nassau County said a 34-year-old man came into the Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead Thursday with a winning “Unwrap the Cash” lottery ticket worth $1…

Happy legal weed anniversary, Washington! Massive party planned for Seattle Center

Marijuana has been legal in small quantities in Seattle for almost a year. One Seattle activist has a massive party — and a message — planned for the anniversary of legalization. “Tourists need a place to get high legally,” said Ben Livingston, a pot activist, writer and head of the…

Egypt, Syria throw out each other’s diplomats

Egypt and Turkey dismissed each other’s ambassadors and downgraded their diplomatic relations on Saturday after months of tensions over the removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Egypt’s foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdelatty said he had asked Turkish ambassador Avni Botsali to leave the country because Turkey was “attempting to influence…

Obama acknowledges ‘rough’ start for ACA in weekly address; Republican calls it ‘a trainwreck’ in response

On Saturday, for the first time since October 26, Barack Obama’s weekly address acknowledged the continuing controversy over the rollout of his signature healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act. In the Republican response, the Texas representative Michael Burgess, a doctor and health committee member, kept up the attack, calling Obamacare…

Massachusetts state chemist jailed for forging drug evidence

One chapter in a Massachusetts police lab scandal closed Friday with the sentencing of disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, tampering with evidence and other charges. But the state continues to reel…

New mass graves in Mexico dredge up plight of missing

Amid Mexico’s continuous drug conflict, the recent discovery of dozens of bodies in mass graves has led some to describe the plight of the country’s disappeared as a national emergency. At least 54 corpses have been recovered in clandestine pits in three states this month alone, including 33 in a…

Kremlin says Greenpeace crew may be allowed to leave Russia

The Kremlin said Saturday that 30 Greenpeace crew members held after a protest in Arctic waters could be allowed to leave Russia, but the international activist group greeted the statement warily. “As soon as the issue of how they can leave Russia is resolved they will leave,” Kremlin Chief of…

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