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Alcohol deaths among women in 30s see ‘worrying rise’

Alcohol-related deaths of women born in the 1970s have “disproportionately increased” in the last decade, according to a study of three cities in England and Scotland published Friday. Researchers called for urgent action to tackle what they said was a “worrying trend” in rising deaths from alcohol misuse by women…

Judge won’t drop ‘aiding the enemy’ charge in Bradley Manning trial

The judge presiding over the court martial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has declined to throw out the main charge against him – that he knowingly “aided the enemy” by leaking state secrets that were posted on the internet. The decision by Colonel Denise Lind, who is sitting as…

Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall cosponsors doomed nationwide same-sex marriage ban

A congressman from West Virginia has become the first Democrat to cosponsor the Marriage Protection Amendment, BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) signed on as one of the 39 cosponsors of the proposed amendment to the U.S. constitution, which would prohibit same-sex marriage nationwide. The other 38 cosponsors…

‘The real face of terror’: Dramatic new images show capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

He is standing with a bright red bead from a sniper’s laser trained directly in the middle of his forehead, his nose bloodied and his blood-stained hand raised in apparent surrender. Around him are the shredded shrouds of the boat in which he made his last stand. According to the…

Senate approves Gina McCarthy as EPA chief despite Republicans

The Senate gave grudging approval on Thursday to the key executor of Barack Obama’s sweeping new climate change plan, voting to confirm Gina McCarthy as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The 59-40 vote, after a four-month standoff by Republicans, puts McCarthy in direct charge of implementing Obama’s strategy…

One in four cancer survivors suffers serious side-effects

At least one in four cancer survivors suffers serious medical side-effects of their treatment such as heart failure, osteoporosis and sometimes extreme pain, according to a new report. Women who have had breast cancer are at nearly double the risk of heart failure than those who have not had the…

Microsoft profit hits $4.97 billion

Microsoft said Thursday it made a profit of $4.97 billion in the past quarter, helped by growing revenues from business services, offsetting the hit from a lagging market in personal computers. Chief financial officer Amy Hood said results “were impacted by the decline in the PC market,” but added that…

Deforestation spikes in Brazilian Amazon by 103 percent

Deforestation has soared in the Brazilian Amazon since a new forestry code was passed last year at the urging of the agribusiness lobby, a non-profit environmental group said Thursday. Between August 2012 and June 2013, 1,838 square kilometers (709 square miles) of forest were lost, a 103 percent hike over…

Former CIA station chief arrested over abduction of an Egyptian imam

A former CIA station chief in Milan, sentenced to nine years in jail for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam, has been arrested in Panama, the Italian justice ministry said on Thursday. The minister, Anna Maria Cancellieri, asked for the former CIA agent — Bob Seldon Lady or “Mister…

U.S. credit rating upgraded from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’

Ratings firm Moody’s raised its outlook on the US economy on Thursday to “stable” from “negative,” citing progress in putting the federal government’s debt on a more sustainable path. “Moody’s Investors Service today moved the outlook on the Aaa government bond rating of the United States back to stable, replacing…

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