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Squabble between CBS and Time Warner Cable now affecting TV and online viewers

By Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – U.S. broadcaster CBS went dark for millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers on Friday in the nation’s two largest markets and other cities after the cable operator and CBS Corp failed to reach an agreement over fees following weeks of contentious…

British scientists prepare to cook first in-vitro hamburger

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) – A corner of west London will see culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists cook and serve up the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its…

Guitarist completes first-ever paddleboard journey from Cuba to U.S.

By Michael Haskins KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) – A Tennessee musician on Friday became the first paddleboarder to cross the Florida Straits between Cuba and the United States, making the 110 mile journey in 28 hours as his father watched from a support boat. Ben Friberg, 35, arrived in Key…

Russian ‘mobile malware’ industry could spread to other countries

Researchers have discovered that bilking people by infecting Android mobile phones with viruses has become a cottage industry in Russia in a criminal model that could be replicated elsewhere. Members of Lookout Mobile Security were at the infamous Def Con hacker gathering in Las Vegas on Friday to share what…

60 U.S. military members fired in Pentagon sexual assault review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sixty people have been removed from jobs as military recruiters, drill instructors and victims counselors as a result of screenings ordered following a jump in the number of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces, officials said on Friday. The Army said 55 people had been suspended…

More than 1,000 fish killed by Alaska summer heat wave

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska’s summer heat wave has been pleasant for humans but punitive for some of its fish. Overheated water has been blamed for large die-offs of hatchery trout and salmon stocks in at least two parts of the state as hot, dry weather has…

Aetna withdraws from Maryland insurance market after state demands lower rates in health insurance exchanges

(Reuters) – Aetna Inc pulled out of Maryland’s health insurance exchange being created under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law after the state pressed it to lower its proposed rates by up to 29 percent. Under the law, often called Obamacare, each U.S. state will have an online exchange where…

Canada’s conservative Prime Minister slams Obama’s statements on Keystone XL gas pipeline

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper contradicted on Friday U.S. President Barack Obama’s dismissal of the job-creation potential of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project is important both for jobs and for energy security. Asked about remarks made by Obama in an interview with the New…

Scientists show regular exercise doesn’t reduce amount, severity of menopausal hot flashes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Getting regular exercise doesn’t seem to reduce the amount or severity of hot flashes among women going through menopause, according to a new study. Researchers found that women who exercised had a small drop in the number of hot flashes they experienced per day, but…

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate blames federal immigration policy in ‘horrendous’ rape case

A Nebraska state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate is linking the rape and death of a 93-year-old woman to his push for restrictive legislation targeting immigrants. State Sen. Charlie Janssen (R) wrote in a letter to the Lincoln Journal-Star that the July 21 death of Louise Sollowin “is undeniable evidence…

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