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Study hints at brain chemistry of cocaine withdrawal pain

WASHINGTON — US researchers have uncovered part of what’s happening, on a cellular level, to make cocaine addicts going cold turkey feel so bloody awful, according to a study published Monday. The results provide a better understanding of what’s creating that crashing low of withdrawal — and may offer a…

U.S.-Mexico activists opposed to drug war arrive in Washington

WASHINGTON — Activists who dismiss the US and Mexican war on drug cartels as an abject, tragic failure rolled into Washington Monday after a monthlong cross-country trek to press for a new approach. Those suggested alternatives include a stronger effort to deny cartels the guns they get from the United…

Ground Zero cancer victims to get compensation

NEW YORK — About 50 types of cancer have been added to the list of diseases eligible for coverage in a compensation program for people who became sick after the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, officials said Monday. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said…

Obama gets post-convention poll boost

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama received a significant bounce from his party’s convention last week and now leads the White House race by a clear margin, polls indicated Monday. A polling aide to Republican challenger Mitt Romney dismissed any bump as a “sugar-high” that would dissolve once the harsh…

Minnesota GOP delegates blast Romney over recent Obamacare remarks

Liberty Republicans in Minnesota on Monday slammed Mitt Romney for admitting that he likes some provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature health reform law. Liberty Republicans comprised the majority of Minnesota’s delegation to the RNC and had supported libertarian-leaning candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). The group said the Republican presidential…

Ford plans to add 1,200 new jobs in Detroit

Ford said Monday it will create 1,200 new jobs next year at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant where it plans to produce the 2013 Fusion sedan. The plant, jointly owned by Ford and Mazda but managed by Ford, produced the Mazda 6 up through last month, and currently produces Ford’s…

App firm claims says it’s likely the source of Apple ID data breach

A digital publisher said Monday it was likely the source of a data breach which resulted in the leak of personal data from as many as 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad users. Hackers initially claimed the data containing Apple identification codes known as UDIDs was stolen from an FBI…

Renoir painting found at Virginia flea market

A box of bric-a-brac purchased for several dollars at a Virginia flea market contained an unlikely treasure: a painting by French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The canvas, which shows a scene along the Seine River titled “Paysage Bords de Seine,” is scheduled to be auctioned later this month by the…

Fictional Japanese nuclear disaster film shot partially on Fukushima grounds

A deserted Fukushima devastated by a nuclear meltdown triggered by an earthquake and tsunami last year stood in for a fictional Japanese prefecture in director Sion Sono’s new film. “Kibou No Kuni” (The Land of Hope) premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs through to September…

Coke makes its first delivery to Myanmar in 60 years

Coca-Cola has put its stamp of approval on Myanmar’s reforms with the first official delivery of the popular soft drink in the country in more than 60 years, the company announced Monday. The soft drinks giant also said it was moving to establish a bottling operation in the country as…

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