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Password privacy bill proposed in the House

A group of US lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill that would make it illegal for employers or schools to require the disclosure of passwords for social networks such as Facebook. The bipartisan proposal comes after reports that some firms have required passwords as a condition of employment, or that…

Murdoch’s News Corp doubles profits in 2012

News Corp said Wednesday it is on track to complete the split of the media-entertainment conglomerate by June, as the company reported a jump in profits from its accounting of broadcast operations. The Rupert Murdoch-led group said profits more than doubled to $2.38 billion, boosted by income from newly acquired…

U.S. tightens sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

The United States on Wednesday tightened sanctions on Iran to further choke off its oil income, saying it was necessary to increase pressure on Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program. It also set sanctions against Iranian media organizations and Tehran’s Cyber Police for what it called human rights abuses…

Transgender woman runs for office in Ecuador for first time

A 30-year-old rights activist is vying to become Ecuador’s first transsexual lawmaker. Diane Rodriguez is seeking to fill a vacant congressional seat as a candidate of the leftist Rupture 25 party in the South American country’s February 17 presidential and parliamentary elections. If she succeeds, the psychology student would become…

Canadian inventors create world’s most energy-efficient bulb

A trio of Canadians claimed Wednesday to have invented the world’s most energy-efficient bulb: a 12-watt LED light that shines as bright as a 100-watt incandescent one. Product developer Gimmy Chu told AFP the NanoLight design consists of a circuit board dotted with LED lights and folded into the shape…

Rubio to give response to Obama’s State of the Union

US Senator Marco Rubio has been tapped to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address, party leaders said Wednesday, boosting his stature as a rising national heavyweight. Rubio, a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Cuba, will deliver the address Tuesday in both…

Alzheimer’s cases to triple by 2050: study

Alzheimer’s disease cases in the US will nearly triple in the next 40 years, according to new projections Wednesday that suggest there will be nearly 14 million sufferers by 2050. In 2010, there were just 4.7 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The researchers who made the…

Police look for father after 9-year-old Mexican girl gives birth

A nine-year-old Mexican girl has given birth and authorities are looking for the presumed father, who is 17, officials said Wednesday. The girl, identified as Dafne, gave birth by Cesarean section to a baby girl weighing 2.7 kilos (5.7 pounds) and measuring 50 centimeters (20 inches) on January 27 in…

Kerry: I want to work for peace

John Kerry was publicly sworn in as secretary of state Wednesday, vowing to work for peace but pledging to do what is needed to stand up to “extremism, terrorism, chaos and evil.” “I am proud to take on this job because I want to work for peace and because the…

Hollywood stars pressure action on gun violence

Hollywood celebrities and children of slain Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy joined shooting victims Wednesday in demanding tougher action from US lawmakers on reducing gun violence. Comedian Chris Rock, aging Grammy-winner Tony Bennett and actress Amanda Peet brought their starpower to Congress to press for legislation that…

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