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California limousine involved in deadly fire had too many passengers: police

A limousine in which a Filipina bride and four friends died when it erupted in flames was carrying more passengers than its normal limit, an official and reports said Monday. The victims died desperately trying to scramble through a partition to the driver’s section of the limo, which was en…

Elevating ‘garbage man’ gene in cells could extend life

A gene that acts like a garbage man to clean up old material in the cells boosted the life spans of fruit flies and may offer new paths in the fight against human aging, US researchers said Monday. When researchers manipulated the neurons of fruit flies to contain higher levels…

HIV vaccine failed due to feuding antibodies: researchers

US researchers said Monday that a high-profile HIV vaccine trial that was shown to work in just under a third of patients may have been hindered by feuding antibodies. The vaccine trial, known as RV144, involved more than 16,000 HIV negative volunteers in Thailand and used two investigational vaccines in…

New York art museum unveils ‘Punk: Chaos to couture’ exhibit

Punk rockers wanted anarchy. They wound up with a $565 T-shirt. That’s the story told in a big new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called “Punk: Chaos to couture.” The exhibit, which opened to a crowded preview Monday, traces the unlikely merger of a movement…

Pentagon claims China’s cyber spying targets U.S. government

China is engaging in state-sponsored cyber espionage to collect intelligence about the US government’s defense programs, said a Pentagon report issued Monday. “China is using its computer network exploitation (CNE) capability to support intelligence collection against the US diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support US national defense…

Ohio group to hold ‘top gerbil’ pageant

Gerbils strut (scamper) their stuff on the runway (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Diane Nott, of Elyria, Ohio, holds a gerbil prior to the society’s annual New England pageant May 4, in Bedford, Mass. The small rodents were judged on body type and color, and featured…

Fashion designer takes inspiration from homeless for ‘sleeping bag coat’

Sleeping Bag Coat for the Homeless Finds Fans in the Fashion World (via PBS News Hour) By: William Harless A few years ago, Veronika Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing…

Boston bombing suspect’s college friend to be released on $100,000 bail

US prosecutors have agreed to release the man charged with lying to FBI agents in the wake of the Boston marathon bombings under strict conditions that include house arrest, electronic tagging and $100,000 bail US prosecutors have agreed to release the man charged with lying to FBI agents in the…

Tens of thousands protest Putin in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people turned out for a protest in central Moscow on Monday marking one year since a demonstration ahead of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin inauguration ended in mass arrests, organisers said. “The whole square is full. There are tens of thousands of us,” prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov…

NASA: Sending humans to Mars is ‘ultimate destination in our solar system’

Setting foot on Mars by the 2030s is human destiny and a US priority, and every dollar available must be spent on bridging gaps in knowledge on how to get there, NASA’s chief said Monday. Addressing a conference of space experts at George Washington University, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

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