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Study casts doubt on ‘embryonic-like’ stem cells promoted by Vatican-linked company

A US company that promoted its stem cell discovery in partnership with the Vatican has come under fresh scrutiny by independent scientists who said Wednesday the cells do not exist. Scientists at Stanford University said in the journal Stem Cell Reports they could not replicate NeoStem’s findings of very small…

Swedish lawmaker ‘accidentally’ posts penis picture on Instagram

A Swedish lawmaker was caught with his pants down Wednesday after flashing his private parts in a picture meant to show off his newly-inked Liverpool football club tattoo. A picture of former Left Party leader Lars Ohly’s tattoo — inspired by the Premier League team’s Liver Bird emblem — was…

Snowden’s hopes of leaving Moscow airport dashed

By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) – Fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s hopes of leaving Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for the first time in a month on Wednesday were dashed when he failed to secure permission from Russia to leave. An airport source said Snowden, who is wanted by the…

U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt defends claim that ‘millions will die’ due to climate change

U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt defends claim that 'millions will die' due to climate change (via NJ.com) aed Hindash/The Star-Ledger NEWARK — U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt said his claim made Monday that “millions will die” if something isn’t done to address global warming was reality, not hyperbole. “I think…

Bankruptcy judge blocks labor lawsuits against Detroit

DETROIT (Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday suspended lawsuits brought in Michigan state courts that had challenged Detroit’s bankruptcy filing on state constitutional grounds while the judge reviews the city’s petition for protection from creditors. All issues regarding the Detroit bankruptcy case will be heard in federal…

Prince William and Duchess Kate name newborn son George Alexander Louis

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and Kate have named their new-born baby boy George Alexander Louis, William’s office said on Wednesday. The baby, third in line to the British throne, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, Kensington Palace said in a statement. George has been…

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…

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