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Archaeologists in Bolivia find 1,500-year-old treasures

Gold and silver pieces as well as bones and pottery from 1,500 years ago were discovered in Lake Titicaca by underwater archaeologists, a researcher said Tuesday. “We found 2,000 objects and fragments,” Christophe Delaere, the Belgian co-director of the Huinaimarca Project that unearthed the items, said at a ceremony in…

Actor Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks has stunned fans by revealing on a US late-night talk show that he’s living with Type 2 diabetes. Hanks, 57, was promoting his new movie “Captain Phillips” — about the capture of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates — when he made the…

Obama to nominate Janet Yellen to lead Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen will be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ben Bernanke as the head of the organization, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The White House is expected to make the nomination official in a Wednesday announcement, which would put Yellen in a…

Cuban merchants defy ban on sale of imported clothes

Privately-owned small retailers in communist Cuba are defying a government order to stop selling imported clothing or face stiff fines. Imported clothing is in high demand in Cuba because foreign apparel is cheaper and of higher quality than threads sold in state-run stores. “We have been here for three years…

Brazil’s new oil find will begin yielding output in 2018

Output from a new oil find off northeastern Brazil will likely begin in 2018, the head of state-run energy giant Petrobras said in remarks published Tuesday. The online edition of the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo quoted Graca Foster as saying that one of the deposits in the Sergipe-Alagoas…

Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery files to be auctioned off

Medical files proving that screen icon Marilyn Monroe underwent cosmetic surgery including on her nose and chin are to be sold at auction next month, auctioneers said Tuesday. The files going under the hammer include X-rays of the “Some Like It Hot” sex symbol who died aged 36 in 1962,…

Condolezza Rice criticized for inclusion on NCAA football committee

The prospect of former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice being on a high-powered sports cabinet has led to vocal criticism from both media members and members of the college football community, Sports Illustrated reported on Monday. Though Rice has not been confirmed as a member of the College Football Playoff…

Dutch authorities using ‘scratch and sniff’ cannabis cards to bust pot growers

A Dutch initiative to combat illegal cannabis cultivation through the use of marijuana-scented “scratch-and-sniff” cards has gone nationwide to alert citizens to what their neighbours may be up to. The expansion comes after a pilot project launched three years ago to combat illegal weed plantations by helping people to recognise…

Mass appeal: The Higgs Boson is suddenly hip

The Higgs boson has not only pushed back the frontiers of science — it has also broken new ground in hipness, spawning songs, merchandising and jokes. Youtube lists nearly two dozen songs devoted to the elusive mass-giving particle, the search for which climaxed last year and earned two physicists the…

Gibraltar betting it can become a hub for U.S. online gamblers

The tiny British territory of Gibraltar is bidding to snap up a giant slice of the nascent US online gaming market as states gradually begin to relax a ban on Internet betting. Some 60 percent of all global business via online casinos and gaming currently flows through Gibraltar, Chief Minister…

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