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U.S. growing impatient on Greece debt rescue effort

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The delay in finding a durable solution to the Greek debt crisis is causing impatience in the United States, where there is mixed support for any new bailout. The US has been watching the Greek situation for more than a year and now is paying closer attention…

Analysis: Scientists getting closer to artificial pancreas

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Researchers are coming closer to developing an “artificial pancreas,” a long-sought system of insulin pumps and glucose sensors that deliver insulin to diabetics, mimicking the function of a real pancreas. The devices have been in development for more than three decades, but lawmakers and diabetes advocates are…

IMF identifies computer files hacked in cyber attack

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund has identified the computer files hacked in a cyberattack and is the process of weighing their importance, and IMF spokesman said Thursday. “We’re still investigating this breach. We have identified files that have been copied and we’re assessing the importance of those files,” spokesman…

Custom virus used to cure prostate cancer in mice

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN recently cured prostate cancer in mice through use of a custom virus embedded with a “library” of DNA meant to trigger an immune reaction, a biomedical research journal has reported. The method is an evolution of gene therapy treatments administered to cancer…

Drop in violent crime reveals complex role of poverty

WASHINGTON — A plunge in violent crime over the last two years despite the economic downturn appears to confirm what experts have long known — that poverty alone does not drive delinquency. The latest figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show the lowest level of violent crime…

Liberal U.S. Catholics say the Church isn’t listening

DETROIT (Reuters) – Members of a liberal group of U.S. Roman Catholics on Sunday called on Church leaders to open talks with their members on controversies ranging from the ordination of women to allowing priests to marry. Members of the American Catholic Council, meeting in Detroit, said they had grown…

Next generation Internet addresses tested on global scale

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A worldwide test was under way on Wednesday of the next generation of Internet addresses designed to replace the dwindling pool of 4.3 billion unique identifiers in the original system. Hundreds of companies, organizations and institutions around the world are taking part in “World IPv6 Day,” including…

‘Perfect storm’ looms for world’s food supplies: Oxfam

PARIS (AFP) – Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that the price of some staples will more…

IMF ex-chief Strauss-Kahn had separate ethics rules

When International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested after being accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York City, onlookers wondered whether the IMF would sanction him for abusing his position (Strauss-Kahn reportedly yelled “don’t you know who I am?” while attacking the maid). Strauss-Kahn resigned,…

Vermont moves closer to single-payer health plan

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (Reuters) – Vermont became the first state to lay the groundwork for single-payer health care on Thursday when its governor signed an ambitious bill aimed at establishing universal insurance coverage for all residents. “This law recognizes an economic and fiscal imperative,” Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin said as he…

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