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U.S. health authorities in bird flu vaccine effort

US health authorities are liaising with domestic and international partners to develop a vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed five people in China. With the number of confirmed infection cases climbing to 14, authorities in Shanghai have begun the mass slaughter of poultry at a market…

‘Jurassic’ filmmakers recall video-effects nightmare

The makers of the original “Jurassic Park” film are recalling the “nightmare” of using pioneering visual effects, as a 3D version of the Oscar-winning movie is released. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster used a combination of stop motion filming with dinosaur models and primitive computer generated technology, which was unprecedented at…

Uruguay president calls Argentine president an ‘old hag’

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica was left red-faced on Thursday after disparaging remarks apparently aimed at Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner and her late husband were picked up by an open microphone. “This old hag is worse than the cross-eyed man,” Mujica was caught saying at the start of a news conference…

U.S. official: We are ‘not on the brink of war’ with North Korea

After weeks of intensifying warnings from Washington and threats by Pyongyang, US policymakers are hoping to stop the crisis from spiraling into war while still standing firm on North Korea. North Korea is famous for its shrill proclamations but it has sent shudders in the United States, South Korea and…

New Zealand troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan

New Zealand troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan Friday, with the lowering of the flag for the last time at their base in Bamiyan to mark the end of a 10-year involvement in the war. The government announced the early withdrawal last year, with the New Zealand contingent originally scheduled…

Bill Nelson becomes 51st senator to support same sex marriage

US Senator Bill Nelson endorsed gay marriage on Thursday, shifting the chamber in favor of rights for same-sex couples. Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, became the 51st lawmaker in the 100-seat Senate to support gay unions, the latest in a string of lawmakers to change their position on the sensitive…

Obama ‘very optimistic’ about immigration reform, but not gun control

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he was more upbeat about the prospects of immigration reform making it through Congress than tougher gun control legislation. “I am very optimistic that we get immigration reform done in the next few months,” Obama told Democratic donors at an event in Atherton, California,…

Rick Santorum: I could run for president in 2016

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) hasn’t ruled out running for President of the United States again. “I’m making no commitments at this point, but we’re not doing anything inconsistent with running in 2016,” he told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg on Thursday. Following his failed bid for the White House…

Teen hikers found safe in California after four-day search

California emergency workers found a second missing hiker Thursday, a day after her companion was rescued and four days after they got lost while hiking on Easter Sunday. A massive ground and air search had been launched to find Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack in Trabuco Canyon, 55…

Scientists use 3D printer to make tissue-like material

British scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make living tissue-like material that could one day serve medical purposes, according to findings released Thursday. The material is made up of thousands of connected water droplets, encapsulated within lipid films, that can carry out some of the functions of human…

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