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Congress to honor Native American ‘code talkers’ who helped beat WWII Germany

Native American “code talkers” who used their indigenous languages to keep critical military secrets from World War II enemies are finally getting their due in Congress, decades after their heroism. Twenty-four years ago France bestowed its highest civilian honor on American Indians who used their ancestral words as shields, forging…

Questions raised by recommendation that 33 million Americans take anti-cholesterol drug

New recommendations to expand the use of cholesterol-lowering medication to millions of adults to reduce heart attacks and strokes overestimated risks faced by that population, according to a study. An updated clinical guide released by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) last week set…

Hamas announces birth of two lion cubs in Gaza

Gaza’s Hamas-run authorities on Tuesday announced the birth of two lion cubs in the Palestinian enclave, named in honour of the last bout of fighting between the Islamists and Israel. The cubs were born less than a week after the first anniversary of the eight-day conflict between Hamas and Israel…

Promiscuous mouse moms have sexy sons

By: News Desk Male mouse pheromones released in urine attract female mice and increase the male’s chance of mating and producing offspring. In that way, mouse pheromones act much like a peacock’s tail to attract mates. Illustration by Sarah Bush/University…  …

Karl Lagerfeld: ‘Chanel would have hated me’

Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld has revealed he thinks the founder of the iconic French fashion house would have “hated” him if they had ever met. Lagerfeld said he had been a “rude awakening” for the prestigious fashion house, which had “grown dusty” before his arrival in 1982. “I never…

Filipinos go through grisly process of identifying dead days after typhoon

Clouds of flies rise as forensic pathologist Cecilia Lim opens body bags one-by-one, in a grim but crucial search for the identities of unknown typhoon victims in the Philippines. “Some of these remains, their faces are gone. We’re trying to do it as fast as we can before we lose…

New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21

A New York City law banning cigarette sales to people under 21 was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, the latest move in the Big Apple’s war on smoking. The new law for the city of eight million, which also covers rolling tobacco and e-cigarettes, will take effect in…

Mexican human rights group: Inmates control most of the country’s prisons

Violence has increased in Mexico’s prisons and the majority are controlled by inmates, the National Human Rights Commission said. The commission found in an annual report that 65 of the country’s 101 most populated prisons were under the control of convicts in 2012, a 4.3 percent increase from 2011. The…

Fed chief Bernanke says economy ‘still far’ from ideal

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the economy remains far from where the Fed wants to see it and that the US central bank is still committed to its stimulus policies. Bernanke gave no hint as to when Fed policymakers might begin cutting back its $85 billion a month…

U.N. committee votes to condemn rights abuses in Syria

A UN committee on Tuesday slammed rights abuses by the Syrian government after a debate marked by a bitter clash between the UN envoys of Saudi Arabia and Syria. The UN General Assembly rights committee voted overwhelmingly for a Saudi-drafted resolution which expressed “outrage” at the escalation of the 32-month-old…

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