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Haiti quake victims stuck in a time warp

PORT-AU-PRINCE — In the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville, some 2,500 people subsist in a crowded public park near open ditches flowing with human waste, a grim scene frozen in time two years after Haiti’s earthquake disaster. Valerie Loiseau, 28, recalled the fateful day — January 12, 2010 — when she…

U.S. again calls on Iran to cease enrichment work

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday there was “no plausible justification” for Iran’s production of enriched uranium at a new site, again calling on Tehran to cease all such work. In a toughening of tone from Washington, Clinton said confirmation from the UN atomic watchdog that…

Obama meets Saudi Foreign Minister at White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal for talks, as the allies face a nuclear showdown with Iran, a political crisis in Yemen and other key issues. “The President and Prince Saud affirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia…

Fed pays near-record billions to U.S. Treasury

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it had paid $76.9 billion to theUS Treasury from its estimated 2011 earnings, mainly income from interest collected on a range of securities. The amount was only three percent below the 2010 record payment of $79.3 billion, and reflected the extraordinary actions the Fed has taken to prop up…

7.3 magnitude quake strikes off western Indonesia: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck off the west coast ofIndonesia’s Northern Sumatra on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The quake, which had a depth of 29 kilometres, hit at 2:37 am (1837 GMT) around 261 miles southwest of Banda Aceh. An official…

1,000 South Americans to sue over French implants: lawyer

About 1,000 South American women plan to sue French firm PIP over the potentially faulty breast implants the company supplied to about 300,000 women across the world, their lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer Arie Alimi said about 500 Argentinian women and an equal number from Venezuela were planning to be civil plaintiffs in the probe by French police…

Over-65s are frequent binge drinkers: U.S. study

Binge drinking is more common in the United States than previously thought, particularly among young adults, though the most frequent offenders are over 65, said a US government study on Tuesday. One in six Americans, or 17.1 percent of the population, binge drinks, defined as consuming five or more alcoholic beverages…

Raleigh, Burlington ranked healthiest U.S. cities

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Women in the United States looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle might consider moving south, while heading north could be a better option for men. Raleigh in North Carolina has been rated the healthiest U.S. city for women, while Burlington, Vermont has earned the same accolade for men,…

NC panel: Victims of forced sterilization should get $50,0000

A panel in North Carolina has recommended that victims of the state’s eugenics program should receive a one-time payment of $50,000. The state estimates that 7,600 people were sterilized as a part of the program between 1929 and 1974, many by force or coercion. As of 2010, there were as…

Newly bequeathed letter shows Beethoven’s misery

BERLIN (Reuters) – A rare handwritten letter by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven complaining about illness and a lack of money has turned up at a northern German institute as part of a bequest, causing excitement among lovers of the musical genius. The Brahms Institute in the northern city of…

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