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Caffeine helps prevent road crash risk: study

Research among long-distance commercial drivers in Australia has given weight to those who say coffee, tea or caffeine energy drinks or tablets help prevent dangerous drowsiness at the wheel. Investigators looked at crashes between 2008 and 2011 in New South Wales and Western Australia that involved vehicles of at least…

California pornmaker sued for failing to make actors wear condoms

An AIDS support group announced legal action Tuesday against a US porn film company for allegedly failing to enforce a new Los Angeles law requiring actors to wear condoms while on set. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) accused Immoral Productions of violating the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry…

NYPD spent one million hours arresting marijuana users: report

Could New York hold the record for most pot possession arrests? A new report out Tuesday said police there spent about a million hours taking offenders into custody between 2002 and 2012. The findings by the Drug Policy Alliance, which favors the decriminalization of the substance, was done at the…

NASA’s Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back. “We expect to get back to sample-analysis science by the end of the week,” said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper…

Botnet fraud wreaking havoc on advertisers: report

Security researchers have discovered a botnet they have dubbed “Chameleon” which they calculate is costing display advertisers around $6m (£3.9m) per month by falsely viewing billions of pages and adverts on about 200 sites owned by a small group of publishers. The discovery points to widespread fraud in which adverts…

Afghan government says NATO-led military operation ‘aimless and unwise’

Afghanistan’s presidential spokesman on Tuesday described the NATO-led military operation in the war-torn nation as “aimless and unwise”, in the latest broadside by Kabul against the international coalition. Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, hit out after NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen rejected Karzai’s recent allegations of US collusion…

Supreme Court rules ‘first sale doctrine’ applies to lawful copies of a copyrighted work

The US Supreme Court sided Tuesday with a former Thai student who made $90,000 reselling text books bought abroad and sparked a copyright row with a publisher. Supap Kirtsaeng, who arrived in the United States in 1997 to study math at the University of Southern California on a scholarship, had…

Researcher: Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors

One in three seniors in the United States dies from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday. “Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you either die from it or die with it,” said Harry…

Obama honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq war

President Barack Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion on Tuesday by paying tribute to the sacrifice of US troops, but steered clear of the debate over the war’s aftermath. In a muted statement, issued on the eve of a visit to a Middle East much changed since…

Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

The Statue of Liberty will reopen by July 4 once repairs to extensive damage inflicted on the New York landmark by Hurricane Sandy are completed, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. The statue itself, a 19th century gift from France to the United States, weathered the October 29 storm,…

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