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Nobel researcher was a subject of his own discovery

LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ralph Steinman proved the importance of his Nobel prize-winning research in a most personal way, using his own discoveries to fight the pancreatic cancer that eventually killed him just days before the award was announced. In the future, millions more people around the world are likely to…

Swiss government may move to eliminate nuclear power

Swiss energy minister Doris Leuthard is reported to be on the verge of introducing a motion to Switzerland’s Parliament to halt development of new nuclear facilities and ban all such facilities in the future. The Swiss government is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday regarding its plans for the…

GOP leaders champion plan to slash Medicare

WASHINGTON – Republican leaders united Tuesday behind House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) newly-released proposal that cuts trillions in federal spending over ten years while ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. “Chairman Ryan and the members of the Budget Committee have done an excellent job putting together…

Obama, allies, defend handling of Libya

WASHINGTON – The White House and key allies hit back Wednesday at sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of strikes on Libya, saying the future of US ties with emerging Muslim leaders was at stake. But Republican House Speaker John Boehner pressed Obama in a tough-worded letter to explain…

Madoff victim paybacks in ‘near future’: trustee

NEW YORK — The court-appointed trustee hunting down assets diverted by jailed fraudster Bernard Madoff has said that payments to victims could start in the “near future.” However, Irving Picard said in a conference call that legal challenges were holding up distribution of the bulk of the funds collected so…

US state budgets pitting young against old: Bill Gates

LONG BEACH, California – Microsoft’s billionaire co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday warned that US state politicians are pitting young against old in their heated budget battles. Politicians are dooming the young by using obvious gimmicks to avoid dealing with soaring pension and health care costs for state employees, Gates said…

Obama urged entrepreneurial focus on America

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama on Saturday urged entrepreneurs to focus on the needs of America and “make their mark.” “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America,” the President said in his weekly radio address. “They should set up shop here,…

Egypt’s youth ready for the future, protester says in moving interview

A young female protester at Cairo’s Tahrir Square told filmmakers that the widespread rallies against President Mubarak show the Egyptian people “can take this country forward.” The interview was part of the upcoming documentary “Zero Silence” by filmmakers Jonny von Wallström and Alexandra Sandels. The documentary is about the youth…

US southwest could see 60-year drought: Study

WASHINGTON — A worst-case scenario devised by US researchers shows that the American southwest could experience a 60-year stretch of heat and drought unseen since the 12th century. Researchers at the University of Arizona examined studies of temperature changes and droughts in the region over the past 1,200 years and…

Many elderly in US will face poverty: study

Nearly half of elderly Americans will face a future with at least one year below or close to the poverty line, according to a new study that showed a huge racial divide in prospects for the elderly. Mark R. Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, said the…

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