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United Airlines halts transport of monkeys for lab tests

Animal rights activists claimed a major victory Tuesday in their campaign to stop global airlines from transporting monkeys for use in laboratory experiments. In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it had been told by United Airlines that it would ban the transport of primates…

Fake mission to Mars leaves astronauts spaced out

As the cheerless skies and grim economy sap all will to return to work, take heart that even on a trip to Mars, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning. The drudge of interplanetary travel has emerged from research on six men who joined the longest…

Obama considers leaving no troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama would consider a plan for post-2014 Afghanistan that left no American troops in the country, a senior US official said Tuesday, as President Hamid Karzai headed to Washington. Officials however stressed that Obama, mulling how fast to draw down US soldiers from the country, would not be…

Yemen says U.S. drone strikes to continue

Yemen’s national security chief said on Tuesday that US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda targets will continue as the two governments keep up their counter-terrorism cooperation. “The Yemeni-American cooperation, including the use of friendly aircraft, will continue,” Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi told reporters in Sanaa. “Yemen is one of the countries that…

Gabrielle Giffords plans to take on the NRA

Former US congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords put the National Rifle Association squarely in her sights Tuesday as she unveiled a major initiative for tougher gun laws. Giffords, shot in the head in January 2011 while meeting constituents in her native Arizona, announced she was forming her own…

Illinois offers driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants will soon be able to get driver’s licenses in Illinois after lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday aimed at ensuring an estimated 250,000 unlicensed drivers get tested and insured. Federal law prevents states from issuing regular driver’s licenses — which are accepted as identification for voting, boarding airplanes and…

Oregon man brews up non-alcoholic beer for dogs

The latest addition to America’s ever-growing list of craft beers gives new meaning to the time-honored idea of feeding leftovers to the dog. Dawg Grog, a non-alcoholic mock brew for canines, is the brainchild of Daniel Keeton, 32, who perfected it over the past year with a little help from…

U.S. trying to help families adopt Russian kids

Washington is trying to help hundreds of American families whose dreams of adopting a child from Russia are in limbo after the passage of a controversial Russian law, a top US official said Tuesday. Calling it “tragic” for the families and children involved, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said some…

Federal foreclosure probe ends in vague $8.5 billion settlement

The Independent Foreclosure Review was supposed to be a full and fair investigation of the big banks’ foreclosure abuses, and it was trumpeted as the government’s largest effort to compensate victimized homeowners. Federal regulators, who designed the review, forced banks to spend billions to carry it out. Millions of homeowners…

2012 was the warmest year on record for U.S., second worst for extreme weather

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the United States and was also the second most extreme weather year yet recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The hot weather contributed to a record drought which, at its peak, parched 61 percent of the nation. Those dry…

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