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This is your brain on Burning Man

No need for psychedelic substances: The cultural milieu at the week-long annual art festival known as Burning Man is enough to alter your mind. Research published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Emotion Science in July found that an individual’s social and cultural environment influenced how they controlled their emotional…

NYPD agrees to purge database of people stopped by police

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Police Department has agreed to purge a database of names and addresses of people stopped by police under the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program but later cleared of criminal wrongdoing. The department will cease collecting the information as part of…

Snowden’s father says Putin will continue to stand firm

By Tabassum Zakaria and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow’s decision to grant his son asylum. Lon…

JPMorgan faces both criminal and civil investigations over mortgages

(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said on Wednesday it is being investigated by civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice over offerings of mortgage-backed securities. The civil division gave the company a notice in May that it had preliminarily concluded…

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors shares surge after surprise profit

By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc surprised Wall Street on Wednesday, reporting a second-quarter profit of 20 cents a share versus an expected non-GAAP loss of 17 cents. Investors pushed the stock as high as $153 in after-hours trading, up 14 percent from its Wednesday…

Chinese herb remedy extract directly linked to cancer: study

A plant extract used in Chinese herbal remedies for arthritis, gout and inflammation has been directly linked to cancer and causes a surprising number of genetic mutations, scientists said Wednesday. The gene signature of aristolochic acid — derived from a vine known as birthwort — was found in tumors from…

Military sexual assault victims allege San Diego Mayor Bob Filner harassed them

Accusations follow spate of others from former aides and acquaintances which have triggered a lawsuit against Bob Filner Two more women have come forward to accuse San Diego mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, bringing the number to 13 and piling pressure on him to resign. Eldonna Fernandez and Gerri…

Researchers propose new experiments on mutant bird flu

Scientists proposed developing a more potent strain of the deadly H7N9 bird flu on Wednesday to examine how mutant forms might spread among humans, a topic that has stoked global alarm in the past. The announcement came a day after Chinese scientists reported the first likely case of person-to-person transmission…

Retired Army officer: Bradley Manning’s leak caused costly scramble

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Assessing the breach of the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history cost the military hundreds of thousands of dollars, a retired Army officer on Wednesday told the judge weighing the length of time soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison.…

Uruguay president wants to legalize marijuana as a ‘contribution to humanity’

Uruguay wants to make a “contribution to humanity” by legalizing marijuana but will backtrack if the “experiment” goes awry, President Jose Mujica told AFP in an exclusive interview. Mujica said he sees his country as a potential test case for an idea slowly gaining steam across Latin America — that…

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