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Bomb explodes near Greek Acropolis

A bomb exploded on Wednesday near the Acropolis, apparently targeting the house of a Greek shipowner, a police source said, adding that there were no immediate reports of injuries. “An anonymous caller contacted a Greek daily at 8:10 pm (1810 GMT) and said the bomb would explode at 8:30 pm…

Who shot Bin Laden? Media feud among Navy SEALs

A new version of the events surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden was unveiled Wednesday sharply contradicting earlier claims by a Navy SEAL who said he pulled the trigger. Esquire magazine published a long interview in February with a man identified only as “the shooter” who said he had…

Colorado theater shooter may plead guilty to avoid death penalty

James Holmes, the suspected gunman in America’s Aurora theater massacre, could plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, lawyers cited by local media said Wednesday. The 25-year-old is due in court Monday for a hearing at which prosecutors are expected to say whether they will seek the death…

Climate change models predict remarkably accurate results

By Duncan Clark, The Guardian Analysis of climate change modelling for past 15 years reveal accurate forecasts of rising global temperatures Forecasts of global temperature rises over the past 15 years have proved remarkably accurate, new analysis of scientists’ modelling of climate change shows. The debate around the accuracy of…

Developer demolishes another chunk of the Berlin Wall

A property developer removed more of the Berlin Wall Wednesday, police said, in a surprise dawn move amid a bitter running protest over the dismantling of the once-detested Cold War division. Four segments were removed from around 5:00 am local time (0400 GMT) from the Wall’s longest surviving stretch, creating…

Scientists find cancer-causing DNA mutations

The biggest-ever trawl of the human genome for cancer-causing DNA errors has netted more than 80 tiny mutations, a finding that could help people at high risk, researchers said Wednesday. The results, which double the number of known genetic alterations linked to breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, were unveiled in…

Study: Pesticides scramble bees’ brain circuits

Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday. This in turn threatened entire colonies of bees whose pollinating functions are vital for human food production, they wrote in the…

Penis removed from Mars statue thanks to reversal of Berlusconi-ordered changes

An ancient statue of Mars has lost its fake penis and his counterpart Venus her hands, in the reversal of cosmetic changes ordered by Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a newspaper reported Wednesday. In 2010 Berlusconi decided the two marble statues adorning the official residence of the prime minister were…

Twitter on pace to earn half a billion in ad revenue

Twitter is on pace to earn more than a half-billion dollars in ad revenue this year and close to $1 billion next year, industry tracker eMarketer estimated on Wednesday. About 53 percent of the ad revenue at Twitter this year will come from use of the service on smartphones or…

Number of American cancer survivors expected to reach 18 million in a decade

The number of Americans who have survived cancer is on the rise and is expected to reach 18 million people in the next decade, according to a report released Wednesday. That would be a 30 percent increase over the latest figures in January 2012, which showed 13.7 million people in…

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