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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…

NYPD officer indicted for shooting death of unarmed Bronx teenager

A New York police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenager who was inside his own home has been indicted on manslaughter charges, reports say. Ramarley Graham was killed as he fled to the bathroom of his grandmother’s residence in the Bronx on February 2, prompting a wave of protest…

U.S. fears new Syria massacre as helicopters hit towns

DAMASCUS — The United States voiced fears that Syria’s government is planning a new massacre, as regime helicopters fired on rebel stronghold towns and raging violence killed nearly 90 people on Monday. On the political front, the newly elected leader of Syria’s exiled opposition urged President Bashar al-Assad to hand…

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