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‘Deep Throat’ porn star Harry Reems dies at age 65

Former US porn actor Harry Reems, who starred opposite Linda Lovelace in the pioneering 1972 adult film “Deep Throat,” has died aged 65, a friend said Wednesday. The ex-actor, real name Herbert Streicher, fell out with Lovelace and became a real estate agent in the western state of Utah, marrying…

Study warns that skiing under the influence of alcohol is dangerous

One in five people ski having consumed alcohol, and 29 percent of these hurtle down the piste over the legal limit for driving, an Austrian survey showed Thursday. “People skiing under the influence of alcohol pose an increased risk to themselves and to other people on the slopes,” said Alexandra…

Hermes posts record profit in 2012

Luxury fashion group Hermes, known for silk scarves and handbags, reported on Thursday a record profit for 2012, confirming a stellar performance for France’s luxury industry as a whole last year. Net profit last year soared 24.5 percent to 740 million euros ($954 million), well above an analyst expectation of…

Experts sound worldwide alert over deadly bat virus

Experts on infectious diseases Thursday warned people to stay away from bats worldwide after the recent death of an eight-year-old boy bitten in Australia. The boy last month became the third person in the country to die of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), for which there is no effective treatment. Doctors…

Stall on immigration reform causes trouble on U.S. farms as growers seek workers and crops rot

Here’s a mess with no easy fix: American crops going unpicked — it’s backbreaking work Americans won’t touch — and poor migrants in need of work shying from it for fear of being abused. Creating a program for temporary farm workers from Mexico and other countries to work the land,…

Greenpeace activists protesting Obama and Arctic drilling arrested at Jerusalem bridge

Police arrested eight Greenpeace activists Thursday after members of the group chained themselves to a bridge in Jerusalem demanding US President Barack Obama halt exploratory drilling in the Arctic, an official said. “We have taken in eight activists for questioning, but there are still others at the site,” police spokesman…

‘Gaza rockets’ hit southern Israel during Obama visit

Two rockets fired by militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Thursday hit southern Israel as US President Barack Obama was visiting the country, police said. “One exploded in the back yard of a house in Sderot, causing damage and the second landed in a field,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld…

Chris Christie undecided on ban of controversial ‘gay conversion therapy’

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Warming Arctic: Receding ice leaves Hudson Bay polar bears less time to eat

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Rat linked to outage at Fukushima atomic plant

A rat may have caused a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Thursday, an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix. Equipment keeping spent nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up…

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