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Medvedev says 2.5 million Russians are drug addicts

IRKUTSK, Russia (AFP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called for drug testing in schools, warning that narcotics abuse was now such a major problem that it was weighing down the economy. Speaking at a government meeting in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, identified by officials as a particular…

‘Thicker arteries’ in men who take antidepressants

NEW ORLEANS — Men who take antidepressants are more likely to have thickening of the arteries and higher heart and stroke risks than those who do not, said a study of middle-aged male twins. The difference translates to about a four-year age gap, making the twin taking the pills physically…

Letter bomb blast at Swiss nuclear industry group

ZURICH — A letter bomb exploded at the offices of the Swiss nuclear energy association Thursday, injuring two people, police said. The letter exploded at the offices of Swissnuclear in the northern town of Olten, a police spokesman said. Both victims suffered superficial wounds. “At about 8.15 am, while opening…

German firms vow to stop selling execution drug to US

Germany’s leading medical association, along with pharmaceutical manufacturers in the country, pledged Monday that they would not sell a drug necessary for lethal injections to the US. In a letter to the companies, German Health Minister Philipp Roesler had asked that wholesalers not supply the US sodium thiopental or any…

Former Teacher of the Year says she felt ‘raped’ by conservative activist after suspension

Suspended even though conservative filmmakers say she ‘did nothing wrong’ A New Jersey special education teacher who risked her life to save school children was suspended for nine days after unintentionally appearing in James O’Keefe’s anti-union “Teachers Unions Gone Wild” video. In 1997, Alissa Ploshnick received a personal letter from…

Study: Fish oil doesn’t help heart rhythm problem

Eating fish is good for the heart, but taking omega-3 fish oil supplements did not prevent flare-ups of a common heart rhythm problem as doctors hoped it would, researchers reported Monday It was the first large, well-done study to test omega-3 capsules for atrial fibrillation, when the heart quivers instead…

The Beck-enabled Stewart solution: GOP should pay Fox News

It turns out that Fox News’ Glenn Beck isn’t the only one that can follow the money. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart pulled out his chalkboard Wednesday and detailed how Fox News’ parent company had been supplying one Republican group with loads of cash. News broke Tuesday that News Corp. had…

House ethics panel outlines charges against Waters

House ethics panel outlines charges against Waters, sets stage for fall trial The House ethics committee on Monday announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against California Democrat Maxine Waters, including a charge that she requested federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on…

Republican Governors Association embraces ‘pro-terrorist, neo-Marxist propaganda’

In U.S. politics, it’s quite often that old adages are proven true. Today, there’s a twist: “if you can’t beat ‘em, join’ em” no longer cuts it. Instead, the Republican Governors Association figures if you can’t beat ‘em, don’t join ‘em, but do hire an ad firm to pretend you…

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