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NOAA warns Arctic ice is melting has reached new ‘striking’ record

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate study puts 2012 among the 10 warmest years on record The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change, a landmark climate study said on Tuesday. Last year was among the 10 warmest years…

Cyberbullying on social networks has spawned a new form of self-harm

Charities warn of vulnerable youngsters encountering pernicious abuse online but unable to cease using sites Some vulnerable children on social networks plagued by cyber bullyingare using the sites as a form of self-harm, charities warned on Tuesday, after a 14-year-old girl killed herself after being abused by online bullies. Calls for the website ask.fm to…

Researchers find mental disorders — not combat — tied to military suicide risk

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Mental disorders including depression and alcohol abuse were linked to a higher risk of suicide among current and former military personnel, in a new study – but combat exposure and number of deployments were not. Researchers said the analysis of 83 suicides…

Appeals court reverses course and says poker is gambling, not game of skill

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Poker may be a game of skill, but that does not protect a man who hosted games of “Texas Hold ‘Em” from being prosecuted under an anti-gambling law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of…

Ex-madam running for comptroller against Spitzer in NYC arrested for selling drugs

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Manhattan madam who is running for New York City comptroller was arrested and charged with selling prescription pills for cash, FBI officials said on Tuesday. In the latest twist to a scandal-hit city campaign season, officials announced the arrest of 38-year-old…

Justice Department sues Bank of America over mortgage-backed securities fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it had filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America for what government lawyers said was a fraud on investors involving $850 million of residential mortgage-backed securities. The government filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina,…

Taiwan’s Kaohsiung wants to upstage Hong Kong bigger duck for its harbor

Taiwan’s second largest city has announced plans to display a larger version of the giant inflatable yellow duck that captivated Hong Kong — upstaging similar plans by another city on the island. In a surprise announcement, the southern city of Kaohsiung said an 18-metre-tall (59-foot) version of the duck created…

Most Americans fear anti-aging technology is luxury for the rich: survey

Most Americans do not want to live beyond age 100, and a poll out Tuesday suggests many worry that anti-aging technologies may end up being a luxury for the rich. The survey of more than 2,000 people by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project sought to probe…

Amazon launches online art gallery

NEW YORK — Amazon unveiled yet another business line Tuesday as it works to expand its appeal: Art. The 19-year online retail juggernaut, which began as a bookseller but now does everything from groceries to patio furniture, launched “Amazon Art” to market works from galleries in Miami, San Francisco, New…

Military judge cuts Bradley Manning’s potential sentence to 90 years

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge reduced potential prison time for Private First Class Bradley Manning to 90 years from 136 years on Tuesday by ruling that some sentences for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks should be merged. Court-martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind convicted…

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