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Bacteria from slim people could help treat obesity, study finds

Experiments show microbes from thin or fat people’s intestines can cause mice to lose or gain weight Bugs that lurk in the guts of slim people could be turned into radical new therapies to treat obesity, according to a new study. The claim follows a series of experiments which found…

TSA expands $85 fee program for less invasive airport screenings

You’ve likely heard the phrase “freedom isn’t free” before, probably in the context of honoring our service men and women, paying taxes, voting, or paying for audio clips of the movie Braveheart. It’s one of those phrases that’s been used so often that…  …

Real adventure that inspired ‘Moby-Dick’ lures film directors

Two versions of shipwreck and cannibalism story behind Melville’s classic are being made The story that charts the obsessive, ill-fated hunt for a great white whale has resounded down the generations since the publication in 1851 of Herman Melville’s novel, Moby-Dick: or, The Whale. Now the lure of the enormous…

New research pins some extreme weather events on climate change

A new paper released on Thursday reported that climate change compounded Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, the damage from which is seen here. The paper also said that climate change worsened the U.S. heat waves, the shrinkage of Arctic sea ice, drought in…  …

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd concedes election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott, with six years of Labor rule coming to an end as he wished his rival well. “A short time again I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at this national election,” he said at a…

Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

A US hunger striker was force fed through a nasal tube in front of the White House Friday, in a protest aimed at showing the procedure used at Guantanamo is “torture.” Weakened by his 61-day fast, Andres Thomas Conteris sat on a chair outside the White House, clad in an…

State Supreme Court stops Montana judge from annulling highly-criticized 31-day rape ruling for teacher

A US judge was blocked on Friday from increasing the controversial one-month jail term he imposed on a teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student. Montana’s Supreme Court said judge G. Todd Baugh could not annul the 31-day sentence he imposed on teacher Stacey Rambold for raping schoolgirl Cherice Moralez,…

Dennis Rodman returns from North Korea without prisoner

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang Saturday after a five-day trip when he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but without jailed American Kenneth Bae. The flamboyant ex-Chicago Bulls player arrived at Beijing airport on a flight from North Korea, an AFP photographer witnessed, with a…

Washington state publishes how-to guide for pot growers and sellers

Washington State issues how-to regs on growing, selling marijuana (via The Christian Science Monitor) A T-shirt is displayed at ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle last month. Thousands attended the three-day marijuana festival – an event that was part party, part protest, and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington…

Fidel Castro’s son pushing to restore baseball and softball to Summer Olympics

Antonio Castro, son of long-time former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, told AFP on Friday that his battle to get baseball and softball restored to the Olympic Games sport roster came from “deep inside me and my soul.” Antonio Castro, who ironically became an orthopaedic surgeon after his nascent baseball career…

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