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Prosecutor may seek death penalty in Cleveland kidnapping case

A US prosecutor warned Thursday that he will seek to press charges that carry the death penalty against a man accused of kidnapping three women, raping them and forcibly ending their pregnancies. Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old unemployed bus driver, has already been charged with kidnapping and raping the women over…

YouTube launches paid subscription channels

YouTube on Thursday unveiled its first paid subscription channels as the Google-owned video service made a long-anticipated move to challenge streaming services like Netflix. The move puts Google into direct competition with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, which have been luring viewers away from cable and broadcast TV.…

Oscar-winning Ang Lee to direct first TV series, ‘Tyrant’

Oscar-winning Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee said Thursday he is excited to be working on his first TV project “Tyrant”, but dismissed reports he would stay away from movies to focus on television. “‘Tyrant’ is Middle East intrigue. The subject matter is touchy and pretty scary. I like scary, to scare…

Scientists infect mosquitos with bacteria to curb malaria transmission

US scientists have found a way to infect mosquitoes with bacteria in order to break the chain of malaria transmission, according to research published Thursday in a leading scientific journal. A similar approach has helped cut back on dengue in some locations, and researchers hope that the findings could offer…

Researchers discover that exploring and adventure is what makes a personality

The act of exploring helps shape the brain and adventuring is what makes each individual different, according to a study out Thursday by researchers in Germany. The findings published in the US journal Science may offer new paths to treating psychiatric diseases, scientists said. Researchers sought to pin down why…

Amazon developing 3-D smartphone screen

Amazon, long rumored to be developing its own smartphone, is working on a screen that allows people to see 3D images without glasses, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal said the Internet retail giant is working on several gadgets to add to its offerings of Kindle tablets and…

Greek unemployment climbs to 27 percent

Greek unemployment climbed to 27 percent of the workforce in February compared with 26.7 percent a month earlier, the state statistics agency said on Thursday. The number of unemployed rose to 1,320,189 while 3,568,186 were registered as employed. The highest rate was registered for youths aged 15-24, at 64.2 percent.…

Brother of Blind Chinese activist says he was beaten

The brother of a blind activist who has fled China said he himself was savagely beaten by two men on Thursday, in what he called an intensification of reprisals against the activist’s family. Chen Guangfu said his family has endured a campaign of harassment beginning last month, ahead of the…

Omega-3 fatty acids not beneficial for high-risk heart disease patients

Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not beneficial for patients at high risk of cardiovascular troubles and already being medicated, a study found Wednesday. In the study, carried out in 2010 in Italy with 12,513 patients, half the group took an omega-3 supplement and the other half…

Dead Boston bombing suspect finally buried: police

Slain Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried, ending a growing row over what to do with his body, police in the Massachusetts town of Worcester said Thursday. “As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the…

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