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Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington state will not seek reelection

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Washington state known for supporting airplane manufacturer Boeing and his region’s military bases, said on Friday he will not seek reelection. The 18-term Congressman said in a statement he and his wife, Suzie, have “made the decision to change gears…

Anti-smoking vaccines in teens not worth cost: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A vaccination campaign to prevent teenagers from taking up smoking would be too expensive to recommend, according to Australian researchers who looked at the costs and benefits of anti-nicotine shots in development. Taking into account the effectiveness demonstrated so far by experimental vaccines designed to…

Some U.S. women live far from maternity care

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some U.S. women, especially in the rural West, live more than an hour’s drive from a hospital with maternity care, a new study finds. There’s no set ideal for how close a pregnant woman should live from a maternity hospital. And the study did not…

Florida House passes 24-hour wait for abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (Reuters) – Women seeking abortions would be required to wait 24 hours under a bill passed by the Florida House on Thursday. The Republican-supported measure also creates a number of additional restrictions affecting clinic ownership, physician training and late-term procedures. But opponents said the bill has slimmer chances…

Obama warns Iran would ‘play victim’ if attacked

US President Barack Obama warned a premature attack on Iran would allow it to play the “victim” in the nuclear crisis, in remarks published Friday days before he meets Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. In some of his toughest comments yet on Tehran’s nuclear drive, Obama also said Israel and Iran…

EU leaders sign treaty for budget discipline

EU leaders signed a new treaty to control budgets on Friday, vowing to turn the corner on the eurozone debt crisis, but new public deficit strains soured the event. Leaders from 25 of the bloc’s 27 nations — apart from the Czech Republic and Britain — signed the treaty at…

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast.…

‘Desperate Housewives’ star claims unfair dismissal

A former “Desperate Housewives” actress took her ex-employer to court, claiming unfair dismissal from the hit TV series about lust and scandal in Wisteria Lane. Nicollette Sheridan claims she was fired for complaining that the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, slapped her on the head during rehearsals for a scene in…

Afghan attack on NATO convoy wounds seven

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar Friday, wounding seven people including four soldiers, an official said. “A suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a convoy of NATO troops in Dand district injuring four foreign soldiers, one policeman, one…

Putin says ‘happy’ about protests

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is running for president in Sunday’s polls, said the mass protests against him made him “happy”, but expressed confidence that the majority of people support him. “I am very happy about this situation, because that means that the authorities… have to actively react to what is…

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