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Digital health tech on display at electronics show

Technology companies showed off the latest innovations on the digital health care front at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) alongside the newest smartphones, touchscreen tablet computers and 3D television sets. For the second year, organizers staged a full-day “Digital Health Summit” featuring sessions such as “The Doctor in Your…

Pfizer faces rash of lawsuits over ‘suicidal’ anti-smoking drug

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer faces lawsuits from some 1,200 plaintiffs in the United States who claim the anti-smoking drug Chantix causes depression or suicidal thoughts, lawyers said Thursday. The drug, approved in almost 90 countries around the world and used by some seven million Americans, is particularly sought after…

Scientists sound alarm over animal research

Scientists who use monkeys, mice and dogs for research on human diseases fear that the US government is restructuring the massive National Institutes of Health in a way that could slash their funding. As the NIH forges ahead with a plan to speed up the way scientific discoveries are transformed…

Egypt on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas

Egypt was on high alert on Monday ahead of the Coptic Christmas holiday following a New Year’s Day church bombing that killed 21 people, as investigators raced to identify those behind the attack. Police cancelled leave for top officers and were tightening surveillance of airports and ports to prevent suspects…

NKorea’s New Year’s welcome: War would bring ‘nuclear holocaust’

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea welcomed the new year Saturday with a call for better ties with rival South Korea, warning that war “will bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust.” Despite calls in its annual New Year’s message for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the communist North,…

Chief Justice Roberts to parties: Quit bickering, fill judicial vacancies

Supreme Court Chief blames gridlock on partisan turmoil Republicans and Democrats must find a long-term solution to selecting federal judges, Chief Justice John Roberts says, while blaming both sides for the political gridlock of judicial nominations in the Senate. “Each political party has found it easy to turn on a…

Obama resolves to fix economy in 2011

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama has set his New Year’s resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling economy. In his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday, the vacationing president said recent data showed the economic recovery was gaining traction even as millions of Americans are still out of work.…

Blizzard causes 100-car pileup near Fargo, N.D.

Tail end of storms blast some Western states, others spend New Year’s Eve digging out Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico struggled against the tail end of storms New Year’s Eve that left more westerly states recovering from a wintertime onslaught of snow, rain and bitter wind. Denver faced its heaviest…

New Year parties defy extreme weather

New Year revellers around the planet began welcoming 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties Friday, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather that has struck across the world. Countries in the Pacific became the first to mark the start of the year as a crowd of about 1.5…

Obama, Republicans face new Washington battles

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama returns to a transformed Washington next week, with empowered Republicans bristling for a defining budget fight and the calendar relentlessly pointing to the 2012 election. President Obama will swap the peace of his Hawaii vacation for a stormy new political season, looking more resilient and self-confident…

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