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Lack of sleep leads to groggy genes: study

Lack of sleep has a potentially harmful effect on gene expression, according to a study out Tuesday that sheds light on the link between sleep deficits and a wide range of health conditions. A sleep deficit — even just a week’s worth — can have damaging effects on our genes,…

Liberal group attacks Mitch McConnell over Taiwan-born wife

Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested that he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labor secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who…

Obama tells Egypt’s president to ‘protect’ democracy

US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi has a “responsibility to protect” the democratic principles advanced by the 2011 uprising. Obama “welcomed President Morsi’s commitment to serving as a president for all Egyptians, including women and people of all faiths,” the White House said, in…

Sen. Rand Paul joins Democrats to confirm Chuck Hagel as next secretary of defense

The US Senate finally confirmed Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense Tuesday, ending an acrimonious nominations process and handing President Barack Obama a boost as he fills his second-term cabinet. After Hagel’s bruising confirmation hearing and a 10-day delay thrown up by Republicans, Senators voted 58-41 to confirm the…

Smartphone makers target grandparents

As smartphone giants Apple and Samsung battle for the wallets of tech-savvy youngsters, a growing number of manufacturers is trying to lure a fast-growing new market: their grandparents. Handset makers at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain, showed off a slew of new devices aimed at the hundreds…

Seth MacFarlane: ‘No way’ will I host the Oscars again

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane said Tuesday there is “no way” he will do the show again, after his performance was widely criticized as offensive and dull. The “Family Guy” creator insisted it was fun to have hosted the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, despite media and online critics panning the…

French female soccer team uses sex toy to promote ‘Women’s Day’ admission

Top-flight French football club Rennes risked drawing the wrath of the feminist movement by launching an advertising campaign based at female fans featuring a sex toy with the logo “Venez vibrer” (come to vibrate). The Britanny-based Ligue 1 outfit posted a photo of a vibrating sex toy, in the shape…

200,000 Hungarians vote to name first elephant born in zoo since 1961

The first elephant born in Budapest’s zoo since 1961 has been named Asha following a public vote in which over 200,000 people took part, the zoo said Tuesday. Since her birth on February 14, Valentine’s Day, Asha’s progress at the 147-year-old zoo has been closely followed by a star-struck Hungarian…

Swiss anti-choice activists seek to ban abortions for ‘economic’ reasons

Swiss pro-lifers launched an initiative Tuesday to ban abortions in the country for economic reasons, saying the practice costs hundreds of billions in lost tax revenues. The “Protect life to remedy the loss of billions” initiative was launched by an independent group which needs to gather more than 100,000 signatures…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Antarctic trek canceled due to frostbite

An Antarctic snow storm prevented the evacuation Tuesday of adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, injured while attempting the icy continent’s first winter crossing, the expedition said. The 68-year-old Briton was holed up in the team’s cabin with frostbite and the expedition now hoped to start his evacuation to South Africa on…

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