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Plain packaging reduces appeal of cigarettes: study

Scientists on Monday said they had evidence that plain packaging for cigarettes diminishes the appeal of smoking, as anti-tobacco campaigners suggest. European countries are considering whether to follow Australia, which last year became the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain packets. In Australia’s case, the cigarettes…

Facebook unveils ‘simple’ app designed for non-smart mobile phones

NEW YORK — US social network giant Facebook said Monday it has surpassed 100 million users a month using an application designed for “simple” mobile phones widely used in developing nations. Launched two years ago, the “Facebook For Every Phone” app enables people to connect “no matter what kind of…

Superhero stuntmen save woman from suicide attempt at Comic-Con

Kick Ass 2 promoters stage superhero rescue after seeing woman dangling from 14th floor of San Diego building According to ABC News, the suicidal woman was on the edge of a balcony and threatened to jump when the three men heard the commotion and rushed into the building to rescue…

City of San Jose and employee unions set for Monday court battle over pensions

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s third-largest city, San Jose, and its employee unions face off in court on Monday over public pension reforms in a case that has major implications for other local authorities in the state trying to rein in the costs of retirement benefits. The…

Australian surf champs defy monster waves and middle age in 3D documentary ‘Storm Surfers 3D’

By Zorianna Kit MALIBU, California (Reuters) – A pair of Australian surfing legends, undaunted despite their middle age, strapped tiny 3D cameras to their boards and went in search of big waves whipped up by Pacific storms. The result was the documentary feature “Storm Surfers 3D” starring Tom Carroll and…

WATCH: How the world can save $2.9 trillion a year by eliminating waste

Jonathan T. Scott is a sustainability expert who has been educating current and future business managers for over 9 years on how their businesses can reduce waste and become more profitable. In the following video, he discusses how every component…  …

Priest who allowed accused molester to live in parish says he may have made a mistake

A Catholic priest conceded today that he may have made a mistake by arranging for a former priest once accused of molesting a teenage boy to stay in the rectory of his Bergen County parish. “Hindsight is 20-20,” the Rev. Thomas Iwanowski…  …

Twitter to introduce PhotoDNA system to block child abuse images

Microsoft-developed system may be introduced this year once complication of handling pictures posted alongside billions of tweets can be overcome Twitter is to introduce a tagging system to prevent child abuse images being posted on its service, which now sees millions of pictures posted among the 2bn tweets every five…

Norwegian woman convicted of having extramarital sex after reporting rape gets Dubai pardon

A Norwegian woman in a rape case in Dubai said Monday she was pardoned and allowed to fly home after having been convicted of extramarital sex in the Muslim emirate. “I was told that I’ve been pardoned,” Marte Dalelv, 24, told reporters outside a Dubai court, adding that her passport…

U.S. military says bombs dropped on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to avoid boats

The United States military said Monday it had jettisoned four unarmed bombs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise only because civilian boats had strayed into the drop zone. The US 7th Fleet had earlier said only that the planned target range was “not clear of hazards” at…

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