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Ford recalls 34,000 US, Canada trucks on fire risk

CHICAGO – Ford has recalled 34,100 trucks in the United States and Canada due to two defects which could cause a fire, the automaker said Wednesday. Ford told safety regulators it is not aware of any fires caused by the defects which affect 2010 and 2011 models of its popular…

Ink-jet printers inspire scientists to make skin

WASHINGTON – Ink-jet printing technology has inspired scientists to look for ways to build sheets of skin that could one day be used for grafts in burn victims, experts said. One technique involves a portable bioprinter that could be carried to wounded soldiers on the battlefield where it would scan…

Police search home of murdered former Pentagon official

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Police in Delaware remained tight lipped on Wednesday about why they returned to the home of John P. Wheeler III, the former Pentagon official whose body was found in a landfill on December 31. Several officers from the Delaware city of Newark, the lead investigative force in…

Blocking ‘rogue gene’ may stop cancer spread: study

British scientists have discovered a “rogue gene” which helps cancer spread around the body and say blocking it with the right kind of drugs could stop many types of the disease in their tracks. Researchers from the University of East Anglia said their findings could lead within a decade to…

Vatican appoints Protestant to lead science body

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI named Saturday Nobel laureate Werner Arber, a Protestant, to head the Vatican’s scientific academy, the first time a non-Catholic is heading the centuries-old body. The 81-year old Swiss microbiologist will succeed Italian Nicola Cabibbo, who died in August, to lead the Pontifical Academy…

Watch: Coffins by the truckload in Brazil

(Reuters) Pressure mounts to bury the dead in Brazil as the body count rises from massive flooding. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.…

Nader: US airport scanners ‘erode rights’

Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader said the body scans and enhanced security pat-downs at US airports are eating away at Americans’ freedoms and called the agency that conducts them a “basketcase.” “The TSA is a basketcase, collectively,” Nader said at the first US conference on controversial new security measures that…

Ex-Bush, Reagan official’s body found dumped in landfill

Death ruled a homicide The body of a military expert who served in three Republican administrations was found dumped in a landfill over the holiday weekend, and investigators said Monday they do not know who might have killed him. John Wheeler III, 66, was last seen Dec. 28 on an…

Canine gets head stuck in wall…

LOS ANGELES — California animal rescue officers were called in after an eight-month old German Shepherd dog mysteriously got his head stuck in a wall this week. Stricken pooch Rebel was found whimpering with his head sticking out one side of the 18-inch thick wall in Desert Hot Springs, east…

Napolitano: Pat-downs are here to stay

Airline passengers should get used to invasive full body scans and enhanced pat-downs, the Homeland Security secretary suggested Sunday. CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Janet Napolitano if she expected changes to the controversial Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening procedures in the near future. “Not for the foreseeable future,” Napolitano replied. “You…

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