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U.S. soldier gets life for 2009 killings in Iraq

A U.S. soldier convicted of killing five of his colleagues in Iraq in May 2009 was sentenced to life behind bars and dishonorably discharged. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted earlier this week over the murders at a clinic for soldiers suffering from war-related stress at Camp Liberty, the largest…

Most people expect to be worse off than parents in retirement – except the Chinese

Survey finds Chinese optimistic about their retirement years, while French, Germans and Spanish are pessimistic A “squeezed generation” of middle-aged Europeans are convinced they are going to be poorer in retirement than their parents, according to a global survey that found the Chinese the most confident about their future and…

80-year-old Japanese man starts ascent of Mount Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his ascent of Mount Everest, his website said, in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the roof of the world. In a voice message recorded on his website, Yuichiro Miura said the expedition was setting off Thursday for a climb that…

Young people using Alzheimer’s dementia drugs to boost brain power

Medicines used for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder taken by 1% of 14 to 18-year-olds Some young people in Britain have used drugs for dementia and other conditions to boost their mental performance, a major survey suggests. Medicines normally prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Report: Shrinking glaciers behind a third of rise in sea levels

Water from the world’s shrinking glaciers was responsible for almost a third of the rise in sea levels between 2003 and 2009, new research showed Thursday. A study published in the journal Science revealed that researchers had analyzed data gleaned from two NASA satellites as well as traditional ground measurements…

Mexican court tosses $2.7 billion penalty in Yahoo! case

Yahoo! announced on Thursday that a Mexican appeals court tossed out a $2.7 billion dollar damages award in a breach of contract lawsuit. “The appellate decision overturned all monetary awards against Yahoo! Inc. and reduced the monetary award against Yahoo! Mexico to $172,500,” the California-based Internet pioneer said in a…

Costa Rican president used rumored drug associate’s private plane

Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla was embroiled in scandal Thursday amid revelations that she used a private jet made available by a Colombian suspected of links to drug trafficking. The disclosure has prompted the resignation of her communications minister and sent Costa Rica’s intelligence officials scrambling to explain how the…

CDC: 20 percent of U.S. youths have mental health issues

As many as one-fifth of American children and teens suffer from a mental disorder such as anxiety or depression and the incidence of such ailments is rising, a study released Thursday said. “A total of 13 percent to 20 percent of children living in the United States experience a mental…

Russian senior official admits: ‘We have no national strategy’ against AIDS

There is no government strategy to fight the spread of AIDS in Russia, where the number of deaths caused by the disease continues to grow, a senior healthcare official said on Thursday. “We have no national strategy to fight against AIDS,” the director of the Russian Federal Agency against AIDS,…

Facebook and Twitter unveil apps for Google Glass

Facebook and Twitter launched applications Thursday for Google glasses as developers rushed to learn more about tailoring software for the Internet-linked eyewear yet to hit the market. “Built by Facebook, this app allows you to upload photos from Google Glass directly to your Facebook timeline,” Erick Tseng, head of mobile…

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