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Scientists identify protein behind age-related memory loss in mice

US researchers said Wednesday they have identified a new protein in the brain that triggers age-related memory loss, a finding that may someday lead to new treatments to reverse it. Using live lab mice and eight human brains that were donated for science, the team led by Nobel laureate Eric…

Federal judge may limit penalties in Apple’s anti-trust case to its e-book business

A US federal court is close to imposing an antitrust remedy on Apple that narrows the scope to the company’s e-book business. US District Judge Denise Cote said in a Tuesday hearing that the remedies to price-fixing that Apple must take should be narrow and should not target Apple’s content…

Syria’s UN envoy now claims regime soldiers inhaled poison gas over the weekend

Syria’s UN envoy said Wednesday that dozens of Syrian soldiers inhaled poison gas in new incidents in his country and called on the United Nations to investigate. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told reporters he had asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to extend the mandate of a UN chemical weapons team…

Sandra Bullock called International Space Station to prep for new movie ‘Gravity’

US actress Sandra Bullock said on Wednesday she spoke to astronauts to prepare for the harrowing space drama “Gravity”, while co-star George Clooney quipped he just used yoga and booze. “I called and left a message and they called me back” from the International Space Station, a toned Bullock said…

Jury sentences Major Nidal Hasan to death in Fort Hood shooting rampage

A court martial sentenced a US army officer to death on Wednesday for carrying out an Al-Qaeda inspired mass shooting on the Fort Hood base that left 13 people dead. After only four hours of deliberations, the forewoman of a jury of military officers said that it was their unanimous…

George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleads guilty to perjury charges

Shellie Zimmerman — wife of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin — pleaded guilty to charges of perjury Wednesday for misleading a judge about the state of her family’s finances. According to CNN, Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced…

Muslim leaders urge ‘decisive action’ against Syria

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday condemned alleged poison gas attacks in Syria, blaming the government and calling for “decisive action” in response. The world’s largest grouping of Muslim nations “stressed the need to hold the Syrian government legally and morally accountable for this heinous crime and to bring…

Scientists say global warming ‘hiatus’ will be brief

A slowing in global warming that climate sceptics say undermines the greenhouse theory is simply a “hiatus” from higher temperatures, scientists said on Wednesday. Grasping one of the thorniest issues in climate politics, the researchers said the recent slowdown lies in a natural but temporary cooling in the tropical Pacific…

Students and parents boycott Chicago schools to protest new city budget

A group of about 200 Chicago Public Schools students and parents boycotted classes on Wednesday before holding a protest march toward City Hall, in an activist gesture designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. WBBM-TV reported that the march was also held to call attention…

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas ‘take a break’ from marriage

Movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas have decided to take a break from their 13-year marriage, according to a report in People magazine Wednesday. “They’re taking a break,” a source told the entertainment magazine, which reported that neither star had filed for divorce or legal separation. Zeta-Jones’…

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