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Study finds Vitamin B3 therapy fails to stop heart disease

A combination drug containing niacin failed to lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes and even proved harmful for some with vascular disease, a study released Saturday reported. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has for years been widely prescribed to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise levels of…

Crime drops dramatically in El Salvador as gang truce expands

Rival Salvadoran street gangs on Saturday added a sixth city to a truce signed a year ago, in a hopeful sign for a peace pact that has dramatically lowered deaths from gang-related homicide. Members from the notorious Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs looked on as their leaders signed the…

Google on the comeback trail as Apple endures stock slump

Google has retaken the role of superstar of the tech sector with a stunning stock rally as rival Apple flounders. Google has hit fresh all-time highs in recent weeks, and closed Friday at $831.52, capping a nearly tenfold rise from its public offering price in 2004 of $85. The stock…

Corporate help boosts Turkey’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics

Seven giant Turkish companies have pledged to chip in for the national bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Sports Minister Suat Kilic said on Saturday. “Until the sponsors became involved in this process with all they’ve got, we felt all alone,” Kilic said. “When the private sector shouldered the burden,…

Peruvian cyclists ride nude to demand friendlier streets

Dozens of naked and half-naked cyclists rolled through Lima Saturday to press for more bike-friendly streets. A few of the protesters stripped down completely for the 10-kilometer (six-mile) ride through Peru’s capital. The more modest peddlers wore underwear, while some wore masks of cartoon characters like Batman. Some riders also…

Spanish king Juan Carlos leaves hospital after latest surgery

Spain’s 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital Saturday, nearly a week after undergoing lower back surgery, his seventh operation in three years. “I am feeling very well, I feel no pain in my back or anywhere else,” he told reporters as he was driven out of Madrid’s La Milagrosa hospital.…

Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights. After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to…

British archaeologists: Stonehenge was an ancient rave spot

British researchers on Saturday unveiled a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge, saying the ancient stone circle was originally a graveyard and venue for mass celebrations. The findings would overturn the long-held belief that Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southwestern England was created as a Stone Age astronomical calendar…

Bieber cancels one of two Portugal dates

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has cancelled one of two scheduled concerts in Portugal next week, just after completing what he admitted had been a rough week in London, promoters said Saturday. Within a few days, the 19-year-old pop sensation angered some of his fans for being late on stage,…

National cybersecurity efforts still stalled

How the U.S. plans to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure from hackers and other attackers still remains in limbo – again. As in 2012, legislators seem no closer to defining what safeguards can and will be implemented to prevent military and commercial networks from being breached.  At…  …

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