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Study: Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost U.S. up to $6 trillion

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost the United States between $4-6 trillion in the long term, constraining the government’s budget for decades to come, a study said. Harvard University scholar Linda Bilmes concluded that the United States will face increasing costs to care for an estimated 2.5 million veterans,…

Ed Rendell’s plea for fracking fails to disclose his close industry ties

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell took to the New York Daily News op-ed page Wednesday with a message to local officials: stop worrying and learn to love fracking. As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agonizes over whether to allow the controversial natural gas drilling technique, Rendell invoked his own experience…

Scientists use biological tissue to recreate main computer component inside E coli bacteria

Stanford researchers demonstrate ‘transcriptors’ inside E coli bacteria, in advance in synthetic biology Scientists have used biological tissue to recreate one of the main components of a modern computer inside living cells. The biological device behaves like a transistor, one of the tiny switches that are etched on to microchips…

‘Dirty’ Oklahoma dentist put 7,000 patients at risk of HIV and Hepatitis

A dirty dentist placed 7,000 patients at risk of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases after failing to properly sterilize equipment at his Oklahoma practice, health officials warned Thursday. Officials do not yet know if any patients were infected but urged everyone who had ever been treated at the Tulsa…

U.S. launches new major anti-smoking campaign

US health officials launched a hard-hitting offensive aimed at slashing the numbers of smokers across the country following the success of a similar campaign last year. The new campaign encourages smokers to kick the habit with a series of adverts spotlighting the wrenching personal stories of individuals battling smoking-related illnesses…

Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers say they’ve been denied drinking water and heat

Prisoners taking part in a growing hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay complained that their handlers have denied them drinking water and kept their cells at “extremely frigid” temperatures. US attorneys claimed Thursday that the allegations were “false,” as they urged the US District Court in Washington to dismiss the emergency…

Cubans hold their noses to eat farm-raised catfish

They live on an island, yet don’t like fish. But in Cuba, where times are always hard and food precious, people are holding their noses and getting used to eating farm-raised tilapia and catfish. “By nature Cubans reject fish, as they are used to eating pork or other meat, when…

Fewer Israelis see Obama as pro-Palestinian: poll

Fewer Israelis see US President Barack Obama as pro-Palestinian since his landmark visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank last week, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. The poll carried by the English-language Jerusalem Post found that just 16 percent of respondents said Obama was “pro-Palestinian” against…

China to build two more Antarctic ‘research’ bases: officials

China is to build two extra research stations in Antarctica, where it currently has three facilities, the State Oceanic Administration confirmed on Friday. A summer base, to be used between December and March, will be built between two of its existing stations — Kunlun and Zhongshan — on the frozen…

Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths dies aged 65

British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles in Harry Potter and the cult film “Withnail & I”, has died aged 65, his agent said on Friday. The portly star of stage and screen, one of Britain’s best loved character actors, died on Thursday from complications following heart surgery,…

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