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Pentagon health plan won’t cover brain-damage therapy for troops

During the past few decades, scientists have become increasingly persuaded that people who suffer brain injuries benefit from what is called cognitive rehabilitation therapy — a lengthy, painstaking process in which patients relearn basic life tasks such as counting, cooking or remembering directions to get home. Many neurologists, several major…

Facebook founder named Time’s ‘person of year’

Time magazine named Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg “person of the year” Wednesday, ignoring a push by readers of the magazine for WikiLeaks maestro Julian Assange to take the honor. Zuckerberg, only 26, is the second youngest person named to the cover of Time’s ritual annual. Managing editor Richard Stengel said…

Dozens feared dead after refugee boat capsizes off Australia

SYDNEY — Dozens of asylum seekers, including children, were feared dead after a boat sank in violent seas off Australia’s Christmas Island, in what witnesses described as a “major tragedy”. Witness Phillip Stewart said on Wednesday he saw people drowning and others smashed against floating debris after their boat broke…

One in four worldwide pays bribes: study

BERLIN — One person in four worldwide paid a bribe during the past year, according to a study released Thursday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. The study, by the Berlin-based non-governmental agency Transparency International, focuses on small-scale bribery and was put together from polls conducted among more than 91,000 people…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange invokes Rupert Murdoch in editorial defending leaks

Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks, released an editorial in an Australian newspaper just as he was arrested in Britain, in which he passionately defends his release of secret US embassy cables. In a curious twist, Assange invoked media titan Rupert Murdoch in his defense. His editorial was…

Huckabee calls for leaker to be executed

The person that gave WikiLeaks 250,000 secret diplomatic cables deserves to die, says one Fox News host who is widely thought to be planning a 2012 presidential run. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was caught on video at a book signing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in…

TSA chief says no change in screening policy

Transportation Security Administration head says no plans to change screening policies The head of the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday acknowledged that new full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs can be invasive and uncomfortable, but he said that the need to stay a step ahead of terrorists rules out changes in…

Catholic church trains priests to place renewed focus on exorcism

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed,…

Stem cell scientists turn skin into blood

WASHINGTON — Stem cell researchers have found a way to turn a person’s skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a Canadian study published Sunday. The method uses cells from a patch of a person’s skin and transforms it into…

Latinos only? Fla. immigration law exempts Canadians, Europeans

A proposed Florida immigration law that mimics the controversial one in Arizona has a provision in it that exempts Canadians and citizens of many European countries from tougher police scrutiny, prompting critics to say the law is blatantly targeted at Latinos. Under the Florida law proposed by Attorney General Bill…

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