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U.S. hikers jailed in Iran marry in California

WASHINGTON — Two of the US hikers imprisoned in Iran on suspicion of being spies after straying across the border in July 2009 married in California, a lawyer and friend of the couple said Monday. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd — who became engaged during their time in captivity —…

Economic trends strengthen Obama’s hand

WASHINGTON — There is no doubt Barack Obama is in a tough spot. With time slipping away before November’s elections, the economy seems to keep dealing him a sub-par hand. Unemployment, at 8.1 percent, is still high enough to induce mountain sickness, and the descent has been painfully slow. The…

U.S. urges circumcision for soldiers to fight HIV in Africa

MAPUTO — Male circumcision is the best way to prevent new HIV infections in the military, the head of US anti-AIDS efforts told a gathering of top army brass from Africa, Eastern Europe and central Asia. “We believe male circumcision is a highly significant, lifetime intervention. It is a gift…

Google violated Oracle copyright, but no damages: jury

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury in a high-profile technology case ruled Monday that Google violated copyrights owned by Oracle Corp. for the Android mobile platform, but failed to agree on whether damages should be awarded. In a partial verdict, jurors were unable to decide on a key point of whether…

China’s defense chief visits Pentagon amid diplomatic row

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon hosted China’s Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday in a bid to boost military ties as the United States tried to contain the fallout from a diplomatic dispute over a top Chinese dissident. Liang’s discussions with his US counterpart, Leon Panetta, were expected to focus on…

Rock analysis suggests France cave art is ‘oldest’

WASHINGTON — Experts have long debated whether the sophisticated animal drawings in a famous French cave are indeed the oldest of their kind in the world, and a study out Monday suggests that yes, they are. The smooth curves and fine details in the paintings of bears, rhinoceroses and horses…

EPA scientist who warned of caustic dust from Ground Zero wins job back

A government scientist sacked for exposing the dangers to firefighters from the caustic air at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11 got her job back on Monday. A federal court ordered that Cate Jenkins, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency, be reinstated to her job with back pay.…

Google ahead of Facebook in mobile space: Study

Google is leading Facebook in the race for smartphone users, a US survey showed Monday. The report by comScore, a study of mobile behavior, found Google sites attracted 93 million of the 97 million Americans using their smartphones for the Internet. Next was Facebook with 78 million, followed by Yahoo!…

U.S. obesity rate estimated to reach 42 percent by 2030

Forty-two percent of the US population could be obese by 2030, up from about one-third currently, and the associated rise in health woes would likely cost $550 billion over two decades, said a study on Monday. In real numbers, the increase would mean about 32 million more obese people, said…

86 percent of smartphone owners rely on devices for ‘key activities’

More Americans can’t live without their smartphones anymore. A study released Monday shows people using their mobile devices increasingly to settle a dispute, coordinate a meeting, find a restaurant or get emergency information. The Pew Internet & American Life Project said 70 percent of all cell phone owners and 86…

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