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81-year-old British soap star arrested on rape charges

British police on Wednesday arrested “Coronation Street” star William Roache, the longest-serving star in the world’s longest-running soap opera, on suspicion of rape. Roache, 81, has played lothario Ken Barlow in the series portraying life in a fictional northern English town since its first episode on December 9, 1960. He…

Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted

When Google launched its social networking service, Google Plus, during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people clamoured to sign up for an account. But within months, critics had panned the new service, pointing to user pages bereft of meaningful content and exchanges. They said the new social…

Watch: Disputed Venezuelan election leads to bloody brawl between lawmakers

Political tensions over Venezuela’s disputed presidential election boiled over in the National Assembly as government and opposition lawmakers clashed. “I’m not the only one who has been beaten. They have struck several lawmakers. (Assembly speaker) Diosdado Cabello has to be held to account personally,” said opposition lawmaker Julio Borges. He…

U.N. officials: Force-feeding Guantanamo protesters violates international law

Force-feeding hunger strikers is a breach of international law, the UN’s human rights office said Wednesday, as US authorities tried to stem a protest by inmates at the controversial Guantanamo Bay jail. “If it’s perceived as torture or inhuman treatment — and it’s the case, it’s painful — then it…

Steady stream of space debris rains down on Earth

Low Earth Orbit is the region of space within 1,200 miles of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. Photo by NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. On a January night in 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Okla., was strolling through the park with friends…  …

Green labels scare conservatives away from energy efficient products

Conservatives are less likely to purchase products labelled as environmentally friendly, according to research published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “A popular strategy for marketing energy efficiency is to focus on its environmental benefits,” Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author…

U.S. commission accuses Western Europe of ‘very aggressive secularism’

A US panel criticized Western European countries Tuesday for “aggressive secularism” as it released a report on religious freedom that took aim at laws banning full-face veils in public. For the first time, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom — whose members are appointed by the government — included…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

Ricin found in dojo of man charged with attempting to frame Elvis impersonator

Traces of ricin were found in the martial arts studio of a US man charged in a bizarre plot to send poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, the FBI said Tuesday. The letters were intercepted as the nation was still reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings,…

Obama slams Republicans for accusing him of exaggerating sequester effects

Barack Obama denounced Republicans on Tuesday for accusing him of exaggerating the potential effect of the sequester budget cuts and then panicking in the face of public outcry over air traffic delays. Speaking at a White House press conference to mark the first 100 days of his second term, Obama…

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