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Disabled Japanese man begins robo-suit adventure

A disabled Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a mediaeval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to…

Japanese scientists develop robotic exoskeleton

A disabled Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a mediaeval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

Canadian woman survives 7 weeks lost in remote area of Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 56 year-old Canadian woman stranded in a van for seven weeks on a remote dirt road in northern Nevada survived on snow and some trail mix until hunters discovered her, authorities said on Saturday. With Rita Chretien recovering in an Idaho hospital following her rescue on Friday afternoon, searchers are looking for…

Youth pastor sexually exploited teens to ‘help them gain purity’

A former youth pastor arrested in Iowa on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation allegedly told teenage boys he was trying to help them gain “sexual purity in the eyes of God.” Thirty-one-year-old Brent Girouex, a former youth pastor at Victory Fellowship Church in Council Bluffs, turned himself in…

Clinton: US seeks dialogue with Bahrain

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Bahrain’s leaders to make good on offers of dialogue with anti-government protesters, although it recognizes the tiny state’s right to call in security help from its Gulf neighbors, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. “We have made clear that security alone cannot…

Japan doubles troops for quake help, world offers aid

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan on Sunday committed 100,000 troops to help earthquake and tsunami survivors as the world rallied behind the disaster-stricken nation and a US aircraft carrier arrived off the shattered coast. The deployment, ordered by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, doubles the number of troops already on the…

N. Zealand to approach Oprah for help: report

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Earthquake-hit New Zealand wants US talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman to help fundraising efforts after the disaster that devastated Christchurch, a report said Monday. Prime Minister John Key planned to ask the influential celebrities to promote a charity drive for victims and rebuilding…

Cyber raids ‘threaten British, US stock markets’

LONDON — Stock exchanges in Britain and the United States have enlisted the help of the security services after finding out they were the victims of cyber attacks, The Times newspaper reported on Monday. The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is investigating a terrorist cyber-attack on its headquarters last year while…

NY police ask for help in tracking stolen paintings

NEW YORK (AFP) – Police in New York have asked for public assistance in tracking a half a dozen paintings by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein that were stolen from an apartment in November. A police statement made public Friday said the burglary took place between November 24 and 28…

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