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Nobel Foundation slashes prize size amid crisis

STOCKHOLM — This year’s Nobel Prize laureates will have a little less to pad their wallets with than previous winners, organisers said Monday, announcing a 20-percent cut in the award because of the economic crisis. “At its meeting on June 11, 2012, the board of directors of the Nobel Foundation…

Cervical cancer find solves decades-long mystery

WASHINGTON — A scientific discovery about where and how cervical cancer takes root in the body has resolved a decades-long mystery and could lead to even better prevention in the future, experts say. Doctors have identified a peculiar population of stem-like cells in a part of the cervix that when…

Romney, Obama teams spar over economy comments

WASHINGTON — Rival campaigns for the White House used tit-for-tat web videos Monday to spar over the economy, with Mitt Romney’s team saying President Barack Obama’s “doing fine” remark shows he’s out of touch with middle-class voters. In the latest example of campaigns using the candidates’ own words against them,…

Sandusky labeled ‘predator’ as pedophile trial begins

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania — Prosecutors branded former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky a “systematic serial predator” at his pedophilia trial Monday, as one of his alleged victims told of being plied with gifts to lure him into sex. Sandusky, 68, accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegedly…

Apple fends off Android challenge with maps, Siri

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said Monday it was making its own maps for iPhones and iPads as it revved up its mobile gadget operating system in a drive to outdistance rivals powered by Google’s Android software. Apple chief Tim Cook kicked off the California company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)…

Supreme Court declines to hear Guantanamo Bay case

The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a petition by seven detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who are challenging the legality of their detention. Four years after the top US court cleared the way for such challenges with its decision in Boumediene v Bush, it…

U.S. fears for new massacre in Syria

The United States on Monday voiced concern that Syria’s government is planning a new massacre after accounts that tanks have approached the edge of the city of Al-Heffa. A spokesman for former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who drafted a fledgling UN-Arab League peace plan, earlier warned that civilians were…

Sen. Baucus resists push to renew Bush tax cuts

Key Senate Democrat resists push to renew Bush tax cuts before election (via The Christian Science Monitor) Likening the US tax code to the “hydra,” the many-headed Greek monster, Sen. Max Baucus (D) said Congress should take on the herculean task of tax reform by building consensus and trust behind…

Global investment in renewable energy at record high

Global investment in renewable energy surged to a new high last year, despite the widespread recession. But experts warned that the rate of growth was showing signs of slowing, and would need to speed up if the world’s economies are to be transformed on to a low-carbon footing. Last year,…

Online troll sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for harassing British official

An online “troll” who sent a threatening email to Conservative MP Louise Mensch received a suspended sentence Monday and was banned from contacting a string of well-known figures from Alan Sugar to CIA chief David Petraeus. Frank Zimmerman, 60, was handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years over…

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