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AIDS drugs can prevent infection, two studies show

LONDON (Reuters) – AIDS drugs used to treat HIV can also be used to prevent infection among heterosexual men and women, according to the results of two studies conducted in Africa released on Wednesday. The findings add to growing evidence that drugs used since the mid-1990s to treat people who…

Democrat Hahn beats tea party candidate in California congressional race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Democratic Los Angeles city councilwoman won a special election held on Tuesday for the liberal-leaning California congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman, as her Republican challenger conceded. Veteran City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose brother James once served as Los Angeles mayor, finished first in the…

Wisconsin Democrats defeat fake candidates in primary election

Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidates overwhelmingly defeated their fake rivals Tuesday night in the Democratic primary election. Based on unofficial results, Democratic candidates Nancy Nusbaum won by 65 percent of the vote, Sandra Pasch won by 67 percent, Shelly Moore won by 54 percent, Fred Clark won by 67 percent, Jessica…

Ron Paul retiring from Congress to seek presidency

After 24 years of public life, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said Tuesday he will resign his post in the U.S. House of Representatives to fully devote himself to a presidential run. “Big news!” a post to Paul’s official Facebook page declared. “I have decided not to seek re-election for my…

More than a million Twitter ‘apps’ registered

Twitter on Monday announced that the number of applications registered at the popular microblogging service has topped a million. Word of the milestone came as the San Francisco-based startup launched a new website at dev.twitter.com for software developers interested in tailoring fun, hip or functional programs for Twitter. “Application developers…

More than a third of U.S. adults own smartphones: study

A Pew Research Center study released on Monday indicated that 35 percent of US adults own smartphones as the Internet is increasingly being accessed using gadgets on the go. A quarter of US smartphone owners claimed to do most of their online browsing from mobile devices, according to the study…

Inflation drops to 4.2% in June

Twelve-month inflation slowed unexpectedly to 4.2 percent in June from 4.5 percent in May as cheaper toys and televisions helped to offset high food and energy prices, official data showed on Tuesday. Consumer Prices Index inflation also surprisingly fell by 0.1 percent in June from May on a month-on-month basis,…

Strong blast hits Egyptian gas pipeline: report

CAIRO — Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula for the fourth time since February, cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, the official MENA news agency reported Tuesday. The blast occurred near the town of al-Arish in the north of the Sinai peninsula, it said, adding that…

Japan idled reactors could restart after stress test

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s idled nuclear reactors could restart work if they pass the first stage of two-step post-Fukushima safety checks, the government said on Monday. Still, without a timeframe for the tests, concerns remain about summer power shortages that could hurt the economy. Last week’s surprise announcement that the…

South African oil refinery workers launch strike

Some 70,000 workers at oil refineries and related industries on Monday joined a week-old strike in South Africa, their union said, raising fears of potential fuel shortages. The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said refineries had ground to a halt as workers downed tools to…

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