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Researchers: Brain inflammation ‘very common’ after intensive care treatment

Many people hospitalized in intensive care for conditions like a heart attack face lasting mental deficits similar to traumatic brain injury, US researchers said Wednesday, urging families to push for minimal sedation. The problem is “very common,” with a condition known as delirium affecting about three-quarters of those treated in…

Video reveals final design for Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

It has been under construction for more than 130 years and there is another 13 to go, but the world has been given a glimpse of what Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia will look like when finally completed. A 3D video has been released by the Sagrada Familia Foundation, the body responsible…

Justice Department rejects tech industry’s call for transparency

A request by major technology firms to disclose more about US intelligence services’ data requests would “cause serious harm to national security,” the government said in a court filing Wednesday. The Justice Department, responding to petitions from major US Internet firms, said it opposes the move for more transparency in…

Guatemalan gangs recruiting kids as young as 6 years old

Guatemala’s gangs are using children as young as six to transport drugs and weapons among other crimes, a senior official said in an interview published Wednesday. Government data shows that gangs also sometimes tap children as young as 11 — and routinely recruit teenagers — to commit murder, Deputy Minister…

Mia Farrow admits Frank Sinatra may have fathered her son

American actress and celebrity campaigner Mia Farrow has admitted Frank Sinatra, and not Woody Allen, may have been the father of her son Ronan. Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine in an exclusive interview published Wednesday, Farrow described the American crooner and film star as the great love of her life.…

Republicans turn to the debt ceiling for leverage

Fears were mounting Wednesday that a fight over the government’s debt ceiling will overtake the budget battle that has paralyzed Washington, threatening to trigger an unprecedented US default. Republican lawmakers, frustrated that they have not won any concessions from Democrats over health care reform, have threatened to roll the two…

California governor signs bill outlawing ‘revenge porn’

Posting naked pictures of an ex-partner online can now land you in jail for up to six months in California, after a bill against so-called “revenge porn” was signed into law. The legislative bill went into effect immediately after state governor Jerry Brown signed it Tuesday. Anyone convicted of “illegally…

Man held in Somalia for ‘beheading’ his children

Police in Somalia said Wednesday they were questioning a man accused of beheading four of his children more than three years after divorcing their mother. Omar Shire Hassan was apprehended late Tuesday by the police in the central Somalia town of Beledweyne, situated about 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of…

NSA chief denies that the agency is spying on your Facebook profile

The head of the National Security Agency said Wednesday the secretive intelligence service does not compile data on Americans’ use of social networks, dismissing a media report as “wrong.” General Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing that a New York Times article “jumped to the conclusion this was done on…

Tourists face shutdown deadline to leave national parks

Hundreds of tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline Thursday to leave due to the government shutdown. The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, leaving visitors —…

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