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Accused rapist allowed to raise identical twin defense at trial

An Army officer linked by DNA to the sexual assault of several young girls will be allowed to argue that his identical twin brother could have committed the crimes. 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas, a decorated artillery officer, is charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, enticement of a child and indecent exposure.…

Delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk

The baby in Arkansas seems healthy at birth. Warm, fuzzy skin. A normal weight. But Aiden Cooper can’t keep down formula. Don’t worry, he’s fine, doctors assure his mother as they leave…  …

Qatar stadium design critics: it ‘looks like a vagina’

AECOM Technology Corporation posted a short video animation of the design for Qatar’s new Al Wakrah sports stadium Saturday, which under almost immediate criticism for its resemblance to female genitalia. Buzzfeed’s Matt Kiebus noted that the $120 billion project bears little resemblance to an ancient dhow boat “that Qataris traditionally…

Harrisburg, Pa., newspaper retracts 1863 criticism of Gettysburg Address

Martin Pengelly, theguardian.com As celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address begin around the US, a Pennsylvania newspaper has issued a retraction of its predecessor’s criticism of Abraham Lincoln’s speech. Lincoln delivered the short address (of either 268 or 270 words, depending on which contemporary version is consulted)…

‘Fragguccino’ blows up airport security theater

In a bit less than eight minutes, a YouTube contributor demonstrated how futile the “no liquids” security policy in airports may be. In a video on YouTube, contributor Evan “treefort” Booth at Terminal Cornucopia takes common items found in most airport terminals at retail kiosks and creates an explosive from…

Meningitis outbreak at Princeton University

Princeton University is trying to contain an outbreak of bacterial meningitis that has sickened several students, school and health officials said Saturday. The New Jersey Department of Health said it has confirmed seven cases of meningococcal disease at Princeton, with all but one of the cases involving students. The meningitis…

U.S. Treasury ex-secretary Geithner moves to private equity

Former US Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, a key player in reviving the US economy after the worst recession in decades, is joining private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, according to a statement on Saturday. The move marks a departure for Geithner, who has spent most of his career in the public sector…

Elizabeth Warren: Unlikely radical giving hope to those disenchanted with mainstream Democrats

Senator’s tough stance against Wall Street is attracting voters on the left who are disenchanted with the party establishment Not many political “rock stars” inspire audience members to knit, but, even by Washington’s sedate standards, the darling of America’s new left is a quiet revolutionary. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a former…

China’s meager typhoon aid to Philippines is a diplomatic misstep: experts

China’s clumsy response to the typhoon in the neighbouring Philippines shows that the Asian giant is still struggling to find its role on the world stage, analysts say, burdened by history and its own self-image. Initially the Chinese government offered only $100,000, and while later donations have swelled Beijing’s aid…

From replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing ‘will change the world’

From replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it. “I have no doubt it is going to change the world,” researcher James Craddock told AFP at the two-day…

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