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New Hampshire governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

New Hampshire on Tuesday became the 19th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. “This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New…

Raccoon rabies blamed for death of organ donor and recipient

A rare case of raccoon rabies is responsible for killing both a US kidney donor in 2011 and his transplant recipient 18 months later, US researchers said Tuesday. The report in the July 24 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association describes the final results of an investigation…

Experiment finds D.C. residents are the least honest Americans

George Washington famously said he could not tell a lie, but people in the city that bears his name don’t seem to feel so conflicted. One in five in the US capital failed to drop a suggested $1 in an honor box when they helped themselves to tea at unmanned…

NASA to investigate malfunctioning spacesuit

The US space agency said Tuesday it is launching a second investigation into a leaking helmet that forced an abrupt halt to an Italian astronaut’s spacewalk last week. The probe will examine maintenance, quality assurance, and any operations that could have had a role in the gushing water that mysteriously…

Congress moves towards arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama’s plan to provide vetted Syrian rebels with weapons and strategic military aid has gained traction in Congress, US lawmakers said Tuesday. The United States is currently providing humanitarian and non-lethal military aid to rebel groups battling the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad. Obama’s administration promised an expansion…

Tax watchdog: IRS travel costs are ‘excessive’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A handful of Internal Revenue Service officials spent most of their time traveling for work in 2011 and 2012 and amassed thousands of dollars in seemingly excessive costs for transportation, hotels and meals, the tax-collecting agency’s watchdog said in a report on Tuesday. Although the report found…

Anthony Weiner confirms newly revealed sex chats are his

By Francesca Trianni NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner confirmed on Tuesday that some newly revealed sexually explicit online chats and photos, published this week by a gossip website, were sent by him. Weiner, 48, resigned from the Congress in June 2011 after admitting he…

Guardian of Quebec train crash victim files suit against U.S. companies

By Casey Sullivan (Reuters) – The guardian of a girl whose Canadian father died in the tragic Quebec train crash this month filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois on Monday against a number of railway and fuel services companies connected with the disaster. The lawsuit is believed to be…

Swiss researchers make microchips that imitate the brain

Researchers in Switzerland say they have made microchips that imitate the way our brains process information, unlocking some of the mystery around how the world’s most efficient computer functions. Scientists at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues in Germany and the United States, created electronic systems…

NSA rejects reporters’ information request because no ‘central method’ to search its emails

The NSA is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.  But ask the NSA, as part…

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