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Batman shooting victims sue movie theater

Injured victims of a deadly US shooting at a screening of the latest Batman movie sued the theater operators for alleged negligence over security, local media reported. Two lawsuits filed in Denver on Friday claimed there were no guards on duty for the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”…

Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy

A swine flu vaccine used in 2009-10 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday. The EU agency studied the effects of the Pandemrix vaccine on children in eight…

Ecuador weighs Assange transfer to Sweden

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has proposed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be transferred from London to Sweden, where he would remain under Quito’s protection. Patino on Friday told journalists Ecuador was weighing such a transfer as a possible alternative for Assange to “remain under our protection while also satisfying…

FARC rebels hope U.S. will release top guerrilla

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels said Friday they are hoping the United States will allow a senior guerrilla held there to participate in peace negotiations starting next month. The FARC’s negotiating team includes Simon Trinidad, a rebel leader currently serving a 60-year prison sentence at a US Supermax prison for kidnapping…

Bono to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle

Mexico will bestow the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded to foreigners, on U2 singer Bono in recognition of his humanitarian work and close ties with the country. President Felipe Calderon may deliver the medal to the Irish star during his visit to New York next week…

Twitter chief says it’s helping television

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Friday that the Internet Age one-to-many text messaging service is turning out to be a boon for good old television. “There is a fascinating relationship between Twitter and tune-in, and Twitter and TV,” Costolo said during an on-stage chat at an Online News Association gathering…

YouTube seeking education video ‘gurus’

YouTube on Friday was searching for education “gurus” with knowledge to impart to fast-growing ranks of students turning to online videos for lessons. The globally popular Google-owned video-sharing venue teamed with Internet education innovator Khan Academy to find, train and promote 10 “super-talented and engaging content creators.” “We have seen…

Rio 2016 officials sacked for stealing London files

Ten members of the 2016 Olympics organising committee have been sacked for stealing computer files relating to the organisation of the 2012 London Olympics, a Rio 2016 spokesman told AFP on Friday. The Rio employees, who had been working alongside London staff during the summer Olympics and Paralympics, had downloaded…

Samsung may add iPhone 5 to patent war

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said Friday it was considering adding Apple’s new iPhone 5 to a patent infringement case as part of a long-running global legal battle between the rival smartphone giants. Samsung officials said the company would look into amending its side of an ongoing patent lawsuit in a…

‘Astronomical Unit’ officially adopted by astronomers

The world’s top astronomical body has endorsed the definition of the “Astronomical Unit” (AU), a measurement used to calculate the distance between stars and planets. The AU — based on the distance between Earth and the Sun — has long been in use by astronomers, and the decision by the…

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