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Soldier says double-arm transplant is life changing

A US soldier who lost all his limbs in Iraq in 2009 said Tuesday he feels like himself again after he received a rare double arm transplant. Brendan Marrocco, a former infantryman who was the first soldier to survive quadruple limb loss in the Iraq war, underwent the complex 13-hour…

Kerry easily clears first confirmation hurdle to be secretary of state

Senator John Kerry easily cleared the first hurdle of his confirmation as the next secretary of state Tuesday with a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat, must still be confirmed by a…

Secretary Clinton: Israeli vote doesn’t nail shut door to peace

Israel’s parliamentary vote did not end hopes for peace with the Palestinians but instead has opened up a new chance for dialogue, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued Tuesday. “I actually think this election opens doors, not nails them shut,” she said, during a so-called “global townhall” meeting, in…

Harvard Medical School to study health of NFL players

Harvard Medical School announced Tuesday a $100 million grant from the union representing NFL football players for an unprecedented study into the health of participants in the violent sport. The National Football League Players Association awarded the funds for a 10-year initiative dubbed the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and…

Coral reefs going through ‘extremely alarming’ decline in the Caribbean

Coral reefs in the Caribbean are producing less than half of the key ingredient that makes their calcium skeleton compared to pre-industrial times, scientists said on Tuesday, describing the findings as “extremely alarming.” The amount of new calcium carbonate being added by coral reefs is at least half, and in…

U.S. consumer confidence drops sharply in January

US consumer confidence dove sharply for the second straight month in January, the Conference Board said Tuesday, with rising taxes cited as a likely reason for the surge in gloom. The board’s consumer confidence index sank to 58.6 in January from 66.7 in December, far below the 2012 peak of…

Microsoft rolls out Office as a cloud subscription

Microsoft on Tuesday began letting people subscribe to Office as a service in the Internet cloud, shedding the need to buy the popular productivity software on a disk. “It’s kind of a reflection of how most of us live nowadays,” said company official Oliver Roll. “The same way you get…

Apple unveils iPad with twice the storage capacity

Apple Tuesday unveiled a new iPad with twice the storage capacity as the existing model in an effort to score business with companies that share large amounts of data. Apple’s new iPad will have a capacity of 128 gigabytes compared with the current model, which comes with different memory capacities…

Ecologists: Hedgehog population in dramatic decline

Once common sightings of hedgehogs are becoming rare in the UK’s gardens, parks and hedgerows, say ecologists The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, with the spiny species having suffered a dramatic decline in recent years on a par with the loss…

Egyptian defense minister: Country on the verge of collapse

Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi warned on Tuesday that the political crisis rocking Egypt could lead to the collapse of the state. Failure to resolve the situation “could lead to grave repercussions if the political forces do not act” to tackle it, Sissi said in comments posted on…

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