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Crane on New York skyscraper buckles in storm winds

NEW YORK — Gale force winds from Hurricane Sandy on Monday buckled a crane on top of a 90-story New York apartment block which was left dangling as the storm intensified. Police and fire services cleared streets and some other buildings around the high-rise, close to Central Park, which was…

Breast cancer screening saves lives, says study

PARIS — The benefits of preemptive breast cancer screening outweigh the risks, a study said Tuesday, insisting the practice saves thousands of lives. The new research adds to the debate about the dangers of overdiagnosis, which sees some women undergo invasive treatment for cancers that would never have made them…

Green Party hopeful blast Romney, Obama on climate as Hurricane Sandy hits

WASHINGTON — The White House hopeful of the Green Party on Monday accused President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney of failing to address climate change as Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. “The Republicans and Democrats each talk about the election of the other party as the end…

UN pinpoints climate-linked health risks

GENEVA — Two UN agencies on Monday presented a new tool to map health risks linked to climate change and extreme weather conditions, enabling authorities to give advance warnings and act to prevent “climate-sensitive” diseases from spreading. The World Metrological Organization and the World Health Organization presented their first joint…

Atlantic City bar faces hurricane with a drink

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — As the jaws of Hurricane Sandy closed around Atlantic City, there was only one place to be for diehards who hadn’t evacuated: Ducktown Tavern and Liquors. In a city built for partying and hedonism, where a wall of multi-storey casinos lines the beach and a…

Being Pentagon chief had its downsides says Robert Gates

WASHINGTON — Former US defense secretary Robert Gates joked Monday about the downsides of his old job, including enduring interminable NATO meetings and price gouging over a Central Asian air base. At a Pentagon ceremony for the unveiling of his official portrait, the ex-CIA director displayed his customary wry humor,…

Bank of England official: Occupy movement right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Team Romney calls Ohio a ‘dead heat’

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Mitt Romney’s campaign called the US presidential race in key toss-up Ohio a “dead heat” Monday eight days before the election, claiming the Republican was poised to win the state after vital recent gains. In a morning memo, Romney’s Ohio state director Scott Jennings said a…

Chrysler nearly doubles profit in third quarter

CHICAGO — Chrysler nearly doubled its profit in the third quarter as an improving economy and fresh models drew more consumers into its showrooms, the third largest US automaker said Monday. Net income jumped 80 percent to $381 million as revenues rose 18 percent to $15.5 billion in the July…

Medical professor sues Johnny Depp over alleged bodyguard assault

LOS ANGELES — A female US academic who claims she was assaulted by Johnny Depp’s security guards while he was present can sue the US star for punitive damages, a judge ruled Monday. Robin Eckert, a medical professor at University of California (UC) Irvine, claims Depp and his guards became…

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