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Japan wants to sell its super-fast levitating trains to the US

Former US politicians have visited Japan for a ride on a train that uses magnetic levitation to travel at 315 mph. As cities around the world consider the introduction of maglev trains, the Japanese government hopes the American group's experience of the journey — a test ahead of Japan's planned …

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Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has opened an investigation into battery fires in two Tesla Motors Model S sedans.<p>The fires — three reports in six weeks — have sparked concern about the safety of the electric cars. <i>The New York Times</i> reports:<p>"Tesla also said late on Monday …

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McDonald's inspiring Danes to vote

The fast-food chain McDonald's is doing its bit for democracy.<p>The Danish government asked for the restaurant giant's help in encouraging citizens to vote in local and regional elections.<p>Some say it cheapens the process, while others just want to eat their meal in peace.<p>Al Jazeera's Alex Forrest …

Kim Il-sung ordered doctors to make him live to 120

Outlandish medical treatments that were concocted for the North Korean leader had a limited effect<p>Kim Il-sung, the founder and "Eternal President" of <b>North Korea</b>, ordered his doctors to find a way to make him live to the age of 120, according to his former personal physician.<p>In 1979, Dr Kim So-yeon …

The Church of Scientology has unveiled its new 'super power building', the first dedicated space for believers to improve their 'perceptics'. Here's a quick tour, from the motion quadrant, past the time machine, to the smell wall<p>This weekend, 15 years after work began, the Church of Scientology …

No historic designation for Tower Records store on Sunset Strip

Though it held fond memories for legions of music fans, the nondescript building that once housed the Sunset Strip's legendary Tower Records was not significant enough to preserve as a cultural resource, the West Hollywood City Council voted Monday night.<p>The vote let an earlier decision by the West …

Gold bars worth $1.1m found in plane toilet in India

<b>A stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1m has been discovered in the toilet compartment of a commercial plane in eastern India.</b><p>Cleaners found the haul in two bags on board a Jet Airways flight at Kolkata airport, officials said.<p>India is one of the world's main gold consumers and imports are …

George W. Bush on Leno: History will judge my decisions in office

Former President George W. Bush said history will judge the decisions he made in the White House — yet it could take a while, maybe a couple of hundred years.<p>But Bush, who appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show” Tuesday, said he doesn’t worry too much about it.<p>“You have to believe in what you’re doing, …

Elvis Presley brand is sold to Marilyn Monroe firm

<b>The Elvis Presley brand has been sold to the company that handles the image of Marilyn Monroe.</b><p>No price has been revealed but Elvis is still one of the world's most lucrative entertainers.<p>As part of the deal, Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie will continue to own Graceland, her father's former home in …

Double Nobel Prize Winning Biochemist Fred Sanger Has Died At 95

Sanger, who once described himself as "just a chap who messed about in his lab", worked with colleagues to develop a rapid method of DNA sequencing - a way to "read DNA" - which became the forerunner for the work on mapping the human genome.<p>He won his first Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1958 for …

McCain slams NFL on sex trafficking

Cindy McCain slammed the National Football League on Wednesday for not being “willing to deal” with the issue of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl.<p>“Everybody else has been very helpful, the NFL’s not willing to deal with this issue, and I can’t answer why, I don’t know why,” McCain said during …

HIV Is Still Very Concentrated in America's Cities

Education Secretary Loses Some Of His Luster

If Americans know Education Secretary Arne Duncan for anything at this point, it would be as <i>that guy</i> who claimed last week that opposition to the Common Core national K-12 educational standards sprang from "white suburban moms" who feared that tougher requirements would reveal their children to be …

Is Charles Manson Getting Married?

Charles Manson, perhaps the most infamous convicted killer of all time, is 79 years old and still locked up in California's Corcoran State Prison, …

Antidepressant use on the rise in rich countries, OECD finds

The use of antidepressants has surged across the rich world over the past decade, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, raising concerns among doctors that pills are being overprescribed.<p>Figures show that doctors in some countries are writing prescriptions for …

Big US businesses would rather avoid taxes on profits overseas than pay lower rates at home

US lawmakers are rolling out plans to cut the country’s world-leading corporate tax rates, and big business is saying “not so fast!”<p>While companies always profess eagerness to see their tax rates cut, the preferred method of doing so in Washington—closing tax loopholes to make up for the cost of …

iPhones now involved in 14 percent of all NYC crime

Phone theft is big business.<p>However, in New York, iPhones and other Apple products are regarded as the ultimate heist.<p>As Fox 5 New York reports, the NYPD announced that there were 16,000 Apple-picking thefts in 2012. This equates to 14 percent of all New York City crime.<p>Indeed, 45 percent of all …

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World's first space tourist gives details on manned mission to Mars in 2017

Dennis Tito, the American entrepreneur who paid $20 million in 2001 for a trip to the International Space Station, spoke before a House subcommittee on space today to outline his plans for reaching Mars. According to Tito, the "Inspiration Mars" endeavor will be a fly-by mission that'll take two …

Study touted by feds says married women must 'calm down' in spousal spats

Maybe the federal government ought to stay out of marital fights, especially when its message to wives is to "calm down."<p>But that's exactly where the Department of Health and Human Services came down in a recent radio public service announcement, citing a study that says marriages are happiest when …

Macy's Parade Under Fire For SeaWorld Float

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, normally a celebration of holiday spirit and American commercialism, has become the center of controversy as animal activists have begun loudly protesting the inclusion of a SeaWorld-sponsored orca float. According to the <i>Christian Science Monitor</i>, parade …

Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Rep Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning to possession of cocaine before a D.C. Superior Court judge and will be on supervised probation for one year.<p>In his first court appearance since his arrest last month, prosecutors described how Radel was swept up in a sting operation by …

The world’s most dangerous country is up to 20 murders a day

A United Nations report (pdf) released on Nov. 12 highlights Latin America’s problem with violence. It was the only region where homicides overall increased between 2000 and 2010. But one country has it especially bad: Honduras.<p>The likes of Mexico and Brazil may be better known for their crime and …

Fewer teens smoke but more use e-cigarettes, hookahs

The good news is that fewer young people are smoking cigarettes. The bad news is that more are turning to other tobacco products such as hookahs or waterpipes.<p>Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes, but more are getting a nicotine fix from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, the Centers for Disease …

US crushes 6 tons of 'blood ivory' in largely symbolic move

The Obama administration fed six tons (5.4 tonnes) of ivory trinkets – all made from the tusks of dead elephants – into a giant blue industrial rock crusher on Thursday to demonstrate its resolve to end an illegal $10bn (£6bn) trade that is funding international crime and terrorism.<p>The highly …