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Tech industry hindered by lack of highly skilled immigrants

As the US government opened up visa applications Monday for highly skilled immigrants, debate flared anew on the tech sector’s demands to be able to hire more foreign workers. The US tech sector has long complained of a shortage of workers with specialized skills, but the debate is further complicated…

‘Buckwild’ reality TV star Shain Gandee found dead on logging road

Officials in West Virginia are investigating the death of a 21-year-old reality TV star after his body was found Monday in a vehicle on an remote logging road. Cable network MTV said on its website that Shain Gandee, 21, from its hit series “Buckwild,” was among three people found dead…

U.S. criticizes ‘unnecessary’ EU rules on genetically modified crops

The United States on Monday criticized “unnecessary” European Union rules against genetically modified US crop imports as it prepares to enter free-trade talks with the EU. EU restrictions notably have resulted in delays in the approval of new GM traits “despite positive assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),”…

Three feared dead in chopper crash near Alaska peak

Three people were feared dead after a helicopter crashed while rescuing a stranded snowmobiler near the highest peak in North America, officials said Monday. The rescue helicopter scrambled late Saturday to search for the snowmobiler on Larson Lake, near Talkeetna in Alaska, a center for climbers trying to scale nearby…

Barbara Walters laughs off talk of retirement

US television news icon Barbara Walters, 83, laughed off reports of her imminent retirement Monday, indicating she has no immediate plans to draw a line under her long and storied career. Chatting with Whoopi Goldberg and other fellow co-hosts of her ABC daytime talk show “The View,” a vivacious Walters…

U.S. sends anti-missile destroyer near North Korean coast

The United States has positioned near North Korea a destroyer capable of shooting down missiles in the latest military move amid a showdown with the communist state, an official said Monday. The USS Fitzgerald, which had sailed to South Korea as part of recent exercises, has been sent off the…

Federal court: ReDigi can’t re-sell ‘pre-owned’ digital music online

A US federal court has dealt a blow to a music website offering sales of “pre-owned” digital music, ruling that it violates copyright law by making illegal reproductions. The ruling released over the weekend by Judge Richard Sullivan came in a closely watched case in which Capitol Records sued the…

Eating seafood linked to longer lifespan: study

People age 65 and older who eat fish may live an average of two years longer than people who do not consume the omega-3 fatty acids found mainly in seafood, a US study suggested on Monday. People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids also had an overall risk of…

White House says North Korean threats aren’t backed up by troop movement

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that despite days of bellicose rhetoric, North Korea had yet to back up its threats with mass troop mobilizations or troop movements. With tensions on the Korean peninsula rising ever higher, Washington reiterated that it took Pyongyang’s war talk seriously but also noted…

Hamas bans schools ‘mixing’ boys and girls after age 9 in Palestine

A law banning same sex schooling in the Gaza Strip has entered into force, the education minister for Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory, said on Monday. The law, which was issued on February 10, was approved by the Islamist movement’s legislative council and went into effect on Sunday, Osama…

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