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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…

Paris suburbs erupt in violent protests over veil ban

Weekend violence outside Paris triggered by France’s controversial veil ban has highlighted how tensions with the Muslim community are adding to an already-volatile mix of poverty and alienation in the country’s blighted suburbs. The unrest in the Paris suburb of Trappes erupted after a man was arrested for allegedly attacking…

Japanese police hunt for haiku poet suspected of killing five

Japanese police are Tuesday hunting for a haiku poet suspected of killing five people in a tiny mountain village. The five victims represent a third of the population of the hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, where police on Sunday found three corpses after two houses were burned to the ground.…

Imprisoned Nazi’s 100th birthday sparks calls for apology to Holocaust victims’ families

The 100th birthday of one of the last Nazi criminals alive has sparked calls for a public apology from relatives of his victims 69 years after their murder and resentment over his freedom of movement. Erich Priebke, who turns 100 on Monday, was sentenced to life in prison in 1998…

NASA releases rare photo of Earth’s moon ‘photobombing’ Saturn’s rings

The US space agency has released a rare photo of the Earth and moon taken from the vantage point of the outer solar system, with Saturn’s rings in the shot. The color images were taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at a distance of nearly 900 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers)…

Doctors caught on video using household drills in Moldovan state-run children’s hospital

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Doctors at a Moldovan state-run hospital used household tools, including an electric drill and pliers, to perform surgery in a video leaked to local press and published on the Internet, prompting outrage among the public and government officials. Local television stations ran the short but graphic video…

Appeals court upholds Bush-era ozone regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by the George W. Bush administration that set standards for ozone pollution. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a portion of the regulations back to the agency for…

Study finds ‘wait and see’ approach may be better for some prostate cancers

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a study of older men who had died from causes other than prostate cancer, almost half were found to have prostate tumors. And up to half of those tumors detected on autopsy would have qualified for treatment had doctors known about…

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