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Benedict Cumberbatch discusses the isolation of playing Khan in new ‘Star Trek’

In this video from the Associated Press, stars of the new J. J. Abrams film, “Star Trek Into Darkness” discuss the film and the experience of making it at its gala premiere in London. Fans of the British TV series “Sherlock” will be excited to see this interview with Benedict…

Scientists warn Chinese-made air-transmissible bybrid bird flu puts humanity at risk

Immunologists expressed concern Friday about the “dangerous” work of scientists in China who created a hybrid bird flu virus that can spread in the air between guinea pigs, and now lives in a lab freezer. The team from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Gansu Agricultural University wrote in…

Solar-powered plane off to good start on its first cross-continental trip

A solar airplane took off Friday from California on its first attempt at a cross-country trip across the United States. “Solar Impulse has successfully taken off from Moffett Air Field,” a traffic control operator said as the plane left the runway in the morning sunrise, describing it as a “perfect…

WATCH LIVE: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry address NRA Leadership Forum

Watch live as conservative lawmakers past and present address attendees at the NRA’s annual leadership forum, courtesy of NBC News:…

Reporters Without Borders give dictators the finger

In honor of Friday’s World Press Freedom Day, the non-governmental organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) launched a campaign depicting world-famous dictators giving everyone the finger, or the international equivalent thereof. Agence France Press interviewed the group’s leader, Christophe Deloire, who said that that they want to show how…

JP Morgan Chase faces regulatory action over energy price manipulation in California, Michigan

JP Morgan Chase faces federal regulatory action over a scheme which manipulated energy prices in two US states, the New York Times reported Friday. The Times said it had seen a 70-page government document which indicated staff from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission intended to recommend action over the bank’s…

Lindsay Lohan violates probation by ditching rehab behind prosecutors’ backs

Troubled US actress Lindsay Lohan faces fresh legal problems after failing to check into a California rehab center for 90 days of court-ordered treatment, reports said Friday. Santa Monica City Prosecutor Terry White was quoted by local media as saying that Lohan was in violation of her probation after spending…

Israel steamed after Google starts using the word ‘Palestine’ across its products

Israel on Friday questioned Internet giant Google’s decision to replace the term “Palestinian Territories” with “Palestine” on the Palestinian www.google.ps page, after last year’s UN decision to award Palestine observer status. “This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private Internet company…

Dow rockets past 15,000 for first time after lastest jobs report

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 15,000 for the first time Friday following a solid US jobs report. At 1429 GMT, the Dow reached 15,000.54, up 173.96, or 1.17 percent. The rise followed a US Labor Department report that showed the US economy added 165,000 jobs in April, well…

U.S. adds 165,000 jobs in April, lowering unemployment to 7.5 percent

WASHINGTON — The US economy added a solid 165,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent, its lowest level since December 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. The better-than-expected monthly jobs data also showed much stronger hiring in February and March — data…

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