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Google provides temporary Cornell science campus

NEW YORK — Google on Monday agreed to provide a temporary home to a high-tech science college run by Cornell University in New York City. The Silicon valley firm’s chief executive Larry Page announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet (2,000 square meters) of its New York headquarters to…

U.S. shares score solid gains but Facebook flops

NEW YORK — US shares racked up strong gains Monday with the Nasdaq adding nearly 2.5 percent helped by an Apple surge, but Facebook shares flipped below their IPO price on their first full day of trading. Jumps in the prices of the Nasdaq’s two largest companies — Apple and…

World’s smallest artificial heart implanted in Italian baby

ROME — Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation. “In March, the smallest artificial heart in the world was implanted at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome,” Antonio…

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen presses on jets in Taiwan

WASHINGTON — A senior US lawmaker said Monday that she spoke to Taiwan’s leaders about the need to upgrade the island’s air force, after the House of Representatives voted to force the sale of new F-16s. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a…

High-ranking baboons are healthiest: study

WASHINGTON — Just as wealth and social status are often linked to good health in humans, the animal kingdom too has its benefits for those at the top of the hierarchy, according to a US study out Monday. After studying 27 years worth of data on baboons in Kenya, researchers…

Rutgers student gets 30 days in jail for suicide of ex-roommate Tyler Clementi

An Indian immigrant college student convicted of illegally filming his gay roommate on a webcam received a big break Monday when a judge sentenced him to just 30 days behind bars, not the possible 10 years. Dharun Ravi, who shared the webcam footage with friends in his dormitory at Rutgers…

Supreme Court: In vitro twins cannot claim father’s survivor benefits

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that twins conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of their father cannot claim survivor benefits. Karen Capato gave birth to twins 18 months after her husband died from cancer in 2002 using sperm he froze after being diagnosed with cancer. The US…

SpaceX reschedules first private space launch for Tuesday

SpaceX on Monday readied a fresh bid to become the first private company to launch its own craft to the International Space Station after fixing an engine problem that grounded its earlier attempt. The launch of the Dragon space capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 3:44 am…

NATO leaders agree to mid-2013 Afghan security handoff

NATO leaders agreed Monday to hand Afghan forces the lead for security from mid-2013 as they rush to end the unpopular war and ensure Afghanistan can ward off the Taliban after foreign troops leave. In a Chicago summit declaration, US President Barack Obama and his 27 military allies confirmed plans…

Supreme Court agrees to hear warrantless wiretapping case

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a US government challenge to a lawsuit against its electronic surveillance program, which allows authorities to eavesdrop on Americans’ overseas phone calls and emails. The court agreed to hear the case Clapper vs. Amnesty International, the Barack Obama administration’s petition to the…

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