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Chuck Hagel: Reform military judicial system to combat sexual assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday said US commanders should be barred from overturning criminal convictions, in the wake of anger over a quashed guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. Under Hagel’s proposal, which would have to be approved by lawmakers, commanders would still have the power to alter…

Ben Bernanke: Economy ‘clearly still far from’ desired state

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the US economy still has far to go to recover to an acceptable state of health. “Today the economy is significantly stronger than it was four years ago, although conditions are clearly still far from where we would all like them to…

Argentines remember Margaret Thatcher as ‘cold, aggressive, and odious’

Argentines offered bitter reflections on Margaret Thatcher on Monday, portraying the late former British prime minister as a warmonger who prolonged the Falkands War for political ends. Several Argentine veterans of the 1982 conflict that provided Thatcher with one of her career’s defining chapters reacted with delight at news of…

Climate change predicted to cause more in-flight turbulence for passengers

Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilises air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated $150 million (115 million euros), scientists said. “Climate change is…

Research shows women find men with larger penises more attractive

The eternal question of whether penis size matters to women has been probed by a team of international scientists who reported on Monday that yes, ladies do find larger men more attractive. What’s more, prehistoric women who could see the sex organs of their scantily clad male counterparts may have…

New one-pill, $10-per-month anti-retroviral AIDS treatment debuts in South Africa

South Africa’s health minister on Monday launched a new single dose anti-AIDs drug which will simplify the world’s biggest HIV treatment regime to just one life-saving pill a day. The three-in-one combination anti-retroviral (ARV) was secured at a record-low price and will cost the state 89 rand a month ($10,…

HP launches ‘Moonshot’ energy- and space-efficient servers

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched a Moonshot system that uses smartphone-style chips to power compact, efficient data center servers. The California-based computer maker said Moonshot systems take up a fifth of the space of traditional computer servers and can cut energy use by as much as 89 percent while costing about…

Newspapers ‘only’ lost 2 percent of revenues in 2012

US newspapers saw revenues fall two percent in 2012, an industry association said Monday, suggesting an easing of the woes of the beleaguered sector. The Newspaper Association of America, in what it termed the most comprehensive look at the industry, said revenues totaled $38.6 billion last year compared with $39.5…

‘Mickey Mouse Club’ star Annette Funicello, 70, dies

US actress Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a “Mickey Mouse Club” member and later starred in 1960s “Beach Party” films, died Monday aged 70, entertainment giant Disney announced. Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years and whose sufferers she championed…

NRA tactics lead gun owners to think universal background checks are already law

A recent poll reveals that most Americans who say no new gun laws are needed have very little clue as to what the nation’s gun laws actually are, much to the dismay of liberals pushing for sweeping reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre. The survey, summarized in Sunday’s…

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