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World’s Longest Yardsale opens through six U.S. states

The World’s Longest Yardsale opened for a 25th season Thursday along US Highway 127, offering second-hand bargains and entertainment over 690 miles (1,100 kilometers) in six states. Organized by the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in northern Tennessee, it’s the longest the four-day attic-clearing event has ever stretched, running from…

Scientists treat ulcers with ‘spray-on skin’

Scientists said Friday they had developed a revolutionary “spray-on skin” treatment for venous leg ulcers — a common ailment involving a shallow, open and stubborn wound on the ankle or lower leg. Using a spray of skin cells suspended in a mixture of proteins that aid blood clotting, the team…

NASA confident ahead of nail-biter Mars landing

NASA said all was well ahead of its nail-biting mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. On a two-year journey to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the landing of…

Komen uses misleading stats to oversell mammograms: experts

Medical experts on Friday accused a major US breast cancer foundation known for its high-profile “pink ribbon” campaign of overselling pre-emptive mammography and understating the risks. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation uses misleading statistics in its pro-screening campaigns, two doctors from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy…

Chick-fil-A sales briefly soar amid gay marriage flap

WASHINGTON — Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A said Thursday it enjoyed “unprecedented” sales when customers across the United States turned out by the thousands to support its opposition to same-sex marriage. “We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers” the company’s executive vice president for marketing…

U.S. stands firm against arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up support for the Syrian rebels but, despite the failure of UN envoy Kofi Annan’s mission, is sticking to its refusal to pour arms into a complex conflict. Annan, the UN and the Arab League’s pointman on Syria, resigned on Thursday, leaving the…

Investigations of Shell’s Nigeria spills a ‘fiasco’: Amnesty

LAGOS — Rights group Amnesty International said Friday investigations into Shell oil spills in Nigeria were a “fiasco,” alleging the company repeatedly blamed sabotage in an effort to avoid responsibility. “No matter what evidence is presented to Shell about oil spills, they constantly hide behind the ‘sabotage’ excuse and dodge…

Putin suggests leniency for Pussy Riot punk band protesters

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he did not favour a tough punishment in the trial of an all-girl punk band which performed a song against his rule in Moscow’s biggest church. “There is nothing good in what they did,” news agencies quoted Putin as saying about the…

‘Cool geology’ ahead in NASA Mars mission

WASHINGTON — NASA said Thursday all was well ahead of its landmark mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. On a mission to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the…

British police charge former News of the World editor with hacking

LONDON — British police on Thursday formally charged former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks with phone hacking in a long-running press scandal which has struck at the heart of the country’s institutions. Police last week charged Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson and six other current or former employees…

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