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U.S. judge upholds federal embryonic stem cell funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s rules that allow funding of human embryonic stem cell research, ruling for the Obama administration. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines on such research do not violate federal law and…

Al Franken urges rejection of AT&T T-Mobile deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Al Franken called on federal regulators on Tuesday to reject AT&T Inc’s proposed buy of rival T-Mobile, saying it would mean pricier wireless and could cost thousands of jobs. AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, is seeking regulators’ approval to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit…

International Space Station to be ‘sunk’ after 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the space agency said on Wednesday. “After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS.…

No link between 9/11 exposure and cancer: U.S.

A US government review of scientific studies has shown no proof that exposure to the dust and rubble from the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001 caused cancer. The review of peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature sparked anger among some firefighters, police and other first responders…

Strauss-Kahn accuser at prosecutor’s office

The New York hotel maid who has accused French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault Wednesday met with prosecutors amid uncertainty over whether the case will proceed. Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, was seen entering the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for meetings expected to focus on whether prosecutors will pursue…

EBay stock value plunges over $1 billion amid ‘Anonymous’ boycott

Following the announcement of a boycott by hacktivist groups “Anonymous” and “LulzSec,” shares in PayPal parent company eBay plunged by over $1 billion in value before perking back up as opportunistic investors bought into the company in hopes of a deal. Still, as the day wore on, shares in eBay…

Bachmann borrowed from the federal home loan programs she wanted to shut down

Despite the fact that she has spoken against loan insurers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Washington Post discovered that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took out a mortgage totaling $417,000 to help finance her golf course home — backed by Fannie or Freddie. Weeks later, the woman who would become…

Exclusive: PETA exhibit contrasts slavery, genocide with animal cruelty

A new exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is raising eyebrows for its contrast of slavery, genocide and animal cruelty. The display, placed by activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), appears to be a new take on a 2005 PETA campaign that compared slavery…

Texas jail guard guilty of serving up hacksaw blade in taco

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – In old movies, the inmate usually got a hacksaw blade secreted into his cell baked in a cake. But in Texas, it came in a soft taco. Jail guard Alfred Casas, 31, was convicted on Tuesday of smuggling a saw blade to a double murder suspect…

Rural Americans face greater lack of healthcare access: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rural Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and cancer, and face greater difficulty accessing quality healthcare than urban counterparts, according to a report released on Wednesday. The challenges facing healthcare providers for rural areas could be compounded by…

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