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Scott Brown will not run for Senate seat in special election: report

Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown has apparently decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts left open by Sen. John Kerry, President Obama’s new Secretary of State, reported the Boston Globe. His announcement was rather unusual; he texted the Boston Herald, “U are the first to know,”…

Why sales is a hot new job

Why sales is a hot new job (via The Christian Science Monitor) Tim Kilroy, a father of five, changed jobs about a year ago to become a sales representative for three companies, all in some ways linked to technology. The payoff: He raked in between $250,000 and $500,000 last year.…

U.S. carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994

Energy-saving technologies and a doubling in renewables led to the reduction in climate pollution, new figures show America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new report. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving…

NYC’s Grand Central Station turns 100

Built in palatial Beaux Arts style, celebrated in movies, and narrowly saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s, New York’s Grand Central rail station turned 100 Friday. The iconic building no longer has long-distance trains, but its commuter services and multiple subway lines ensure that Grand Central remains at…

WHO: Less than half all countries in the world prepared to deal with cancer

Less than half of all countries in the world have functioning plans to prevent cancer and provide treatment and care to cancer patients, the World Health Organisation lamented Friday. “Cancer should not be a death sentence anywhere in the world, as there are proven ways to prevent and cure many…

Military expands mental health counseling in Afghanistan to soldiers over ‘classified Skype’

Bagram airbase has 40-strong team of psychologists and others on hand, though stigma of such care in the military remains The US military in Afghanistan has slowly been building up ways to help troops who are scattered across a harsh, hostile country which is almost as big as Texas, with…

U.S. commemorates Columbia disaster for 10 year anniversary

With somber ceremonies, the United States on Friday commemorated the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew on the tenth anniversary of the disaster. Columbia, NASA’s first space shuttle orbiter to be put into service, disintegrated during re-entry on February 1, 2003, as it was ending its…

Google agrees to pay French news sites for content

Google and France signed Friday a groundbreaking agreement that will see the US Internet search giant compensate French news websites for linking to their content. “France is proud to have reached this agreement with Google, the first of its kind in the world,” the French president’s office said on Twitter…

Apple claims top spot with 34 percent of U.S. mobile phones

Apple dethroned Samsung as the top US mobile phone vendor in the final quarter of last year, claiming a record share of 34 percent, research firm Strategy Analytics reported Friday. Apple shipped an estimated 17.7 million iPhones as “robust demand” for Internet connections on the move caused overall shipments of…

Japanese police arrest mobster over Fukushima clean-up

Japanese police have arrested a high-ranking yakuza over claims he sent workers to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant for the clean-up without a licence. Officers in northern Yamagata prefecture were quizzing Yoshinori Arai, a 40-year-old senior member of a local yakuza group affiliated to the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate, a police…

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