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Mandela children’s remains to undergo forensics

The exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children at the centre of an ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests Thursday before reburial in the ailing anti-apartheid hero’s childhood village. The tests — to confirm that the remains are those of the three children — were expected…

Report of how human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich prompts outrage and disgust

Human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich, with some firms offering wet nurse services, a report said, provoking outrage and disgust among web users Thursday. Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in the booming city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, provided wet nurses for newborns, the…

No Trayvon Martin DNA on George Zimmerman gun, expert says

Teenager Trayvon Martin’s DNA was nowhere to be found on the gun George Zimmerman used to fatally shoot him, a forensics expert testified Wednesday – a development that may cast doubt on the contention that the 17-year-old tried to grab the gun during…  …

Judges stand firm on California prison crowding relief plan

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

Union ‘fat cat’ stands up for working man’s America’s Cup

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Contenders for the 34th America’s Cup have filled miles of prized San Francisco waterfront property with their yachts and tents and built villages of stores and cafes for a summer of racing that has been heralded as a boon to the local economy.…

California’s biggest community college loses accreditation

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s largest community college might be forced to close next year after regulators voted on Wednesday to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges cited a lack of financial accountability and a raft…

Missing brother of Senator Mark Udall found dead in Wyoming

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s younger brother, who had been missing for more than a week, was found dead on Wednesday in a Wyoming mountain range, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said. The body of James “Randy” Udall, 61, who had been the…

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Douglas Engelbart, a technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas to the mass market, died on Tuesday night. He was 88. His eldest daughter, Gerda, said by telephone that…

Force of 600 firefighters tighten grip over deadly Arizona wildfire

By Tim Gaynor PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters on Wednesday tightened their grip on a blaze in Arizona that killed 19 of their comrades days earlier in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in 80 years, and officials said they feared more bodies may be found during mop-up operations. Strong, erratic…

Will electric cars ever enter the mainstream?

Pardon my metaphor, but is the tank half-empty or half-full when it comes to electric cars? The bad news: start-up electric-car makers Aptera, Better Place, Coda and Fisker are out of business, or close to it. Of the 14.4m cars sold last year in the US, only 52,835 – one…

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