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Former British prime minister challenges Murdoch testimony

Former British prime minister John Major told the Leveson inquiryon Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch demanded he change his policy on Europe, directly contradicting the News Corp. chief’s own testimony. Major’s challenge comes a day after another former premier,Gordon Brown, also accused the Australian-born tycoon of misleading the inquiry into press ethics. Major, who was the Conservative prime…

New app gives early warning of mean messages

Computer scientists have developed a mobile phone app that can predict the tone of incoming messages before a user reads them so that they are not caught off guard by angry or hostile words. The Android phone app “Stress @ Work”, created at the University of Portsmouth, colour codes messages so people have…

Breast cancer recurs in almost one in four patients

Almost one in four women who develop breast cancer will see the disease return within 10 years, according to the first British study of how many sufferers confront the UK’s commonest cancer twice. Research into 1,000 women who were first diagnosed with the disease between January 1999 and March 2002…

14 million seniors receive free preventive services in 2012 thanks to health reform

More than 14 million seniors received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first five months of 2012 under the healthcare reform law’s new preventive benefits for Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that another 1.1 million seniors in 2012 took…

Violent crime in U.S. dips for fifth year running

WASHINGTON — Violent crime in the United States has declined for a fifth year in a row, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday as it released preliminary annual crime statistics for 2011. In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency said the nation saw a four percent decrease in…

Chavez, after cancer treatment, launches reelection bid

CARACAS — Thousands of supporters thronged the streets of Caracas Monday to join cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he registered to seek reelection amid ongoing concerns about his health. The president sought to play down any concerns he might seek to extend his long-ruling socialist government — which has…

U.S. drone crashes in Maryland: Navy

WASHINGTON — A US Navy drone crashed in swamp land in Maryland, not far from the US capital Washington, on Monday without causing any injuries or property damage, officials said. The Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft went down about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Washington, near Bloodsworth Island, east of…

Clinton urges immediate end to Myanmar violence

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged an immediate end to religious violence in Myanmar and called for efforts for reconciliation as security forces tried to restore order. At least seven people have died since Friday in western Myanmar in a cycle of apparent revenge attacks…

U.S. concerned over Russia crackdown

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced concern after Russian police raided the homes of top protest leaders ahead of a planned mass rally in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin. “The United States is deeply concerned by the apparent harassment of Russian political opposition figures on the eve of…

Occupy Wall Street trial begins for protesters accused of trespassing

Eight Occupy Wall Street protesters accused of trespassing on the property of a New York church in December went on trial Monday. The courtroom was packed and an overflow of Occupy supporters spilled out into the hall as a Manhattan judge heard the testimony of New York City police officers…

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