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OB-GYNs: Research doesn’t show advantage to single small cut for surgery

By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Research so far has not found obvious advantages to minimally invasive surgery involving just one cut, according to a leading organization of women’s doctors. Although single incision surgeries have become more popular in recent years, the evidence does not show they are…

Sen. Levin joins with Pentagon to fight change in sexual assault reporting

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released letters from Pentagon officials defending the military’s system for handling sexual assault cases, fending off a fellow Democratic senator’s plan for sweeping changes to deal with the rise in sexual assaults. The…

Google unveils new Nexus tablet

Google on Wednesday unveiled a slim, powerful new Nexus tablet computer, fielding a new Android-driven champion to challenge iPad maker Apple. The seven-inch tablet made by Taiwan-based Asus and bearing the Google Nexus brand is designed to be easily slipped into a pocket or handbag and allow easy access to…

Criminal gangs rake in $870 billion a year worldwide: UN official

Police find it hard to compete with international crime syndicates who rake in $870 billion a year via activities from drug trading and human trafficking to identity theft, a top UN official said Wednesday. “This is an enormous amount of money,” Yury Fedotov, head of the United Nations Office on…

Lawyer helping Snowden gives him copy of ‘Crime and Punishment’

The Russian lawyer helping Edward Snowden said Wednesday he would give the US fugitive a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” as he prepares to leave the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for a month. “I bought him (Snowden) Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’,” said Russian…

Tech firms say they are losing business over NSA surveillance

Revelations about the US government’s vast data collection programs have already started hurting American technology firms, according to an industry survey released this week. The Cloud Security Alliance said 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider, and 56 percent said they were…

Canadian officials deny that pooping geese could have spread GMO wheat seeds

Canadian agricultural officials exchanged a series of emails in late August of 2012 outlining a crisis plan explaining how personnel at the country’s agricultural agency should deal with inquiries about whether experimental Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) wheat could be spread in the feces of Canadian geese. The Ottawa Citizen said…

Rep. King sticking to claim that most young immigrants are drug mules

Update (below): Idaho Republican shames the media for reporting on King’s comments Second update (below): White House spokesperson calls King’s comments ‘unfortunate’ Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appears to be sticking to his allegation that most young immigrants who fall under the terms of the DREAM Act are secretly drug mules…

Henchman accuses Boston mob boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger of pedophilia

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – During the seven weeks of his trial, James “Whitey” Bulger has been called a murderer, drug dealer and, most galling to the former Boston mob boss, a “rat,” for informing the FBI about other criminal gangs so he could operate with impunity. On Tuesday,…

NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly defends stop-and-frisk in appeal to public

With lawsuits pending over department’s stop-and-frisk policy and Muslim surveillance, the police commissioner turns to the media to vigorously defend his record as the city’s top cop With his law enforcement legacy hanging in the balance, New York City’s police chief has turned to the media to defend his most controversial initiatives.…

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