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Cantor's Rebranding Effort Tested By House Republicans

When the House votes Wednesday on a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act, it will be the latest test of a Republican effort at rebranding.<p>The architect of that effort in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has so far had a mixed record.<p>In February, Cantor gave a major policy …

The best 100 restaurants in the world, are mostly located in Europe

El Celler de Can Roca, a Spanish family establishment, last night headed the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, toppling Noma.<p>The awards for …

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Kentucky Derby 2013: Gary Stevens, aboard Oxbow, is racing for long-shot title at 50

By Clarence Williams<p>Clarence Williams<p>Local reporter covering crime, breaking news, and public safety issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Hall of Fame jockey-turned-actor Gary Stevens immersed himself in the TV role of Ronnie Jenkins, an aging rider strung out on booze and painkillers and in search of a magical …

NRA convention: Wayne LaPierre 'exploits people's fears,' says Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly, the husband of the former US Congress member Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head in the 2011 Tucson shooting, has called on the …

Boston suspects had plotted July 4 attack, investigators say

The brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings originally planned to set off explosives on July 4 — but changed their minds and decided on Patriot’s Day, officials with knowledge of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s interrogation told NBC News.<p>Investigators also now have a good idea of how and …

Chinese researchers branded 'appallingly irresponsible' over creation of new lethal flu strains

Researchers at the China National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory have come under fire for creating new deadly and highly contagious strains of the influenza virus. According to <i>The Independent</i>, Professor Hualan Chen and her team deliberately mixed the 2009 strain of H5N1 bird-flu virus — which …

Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston

The number of Boston bombing victims still in the hospital dropped to 19 as of Wednesday evening. The great majority have gone home or to a rehab facility.<p>That's what has happened with Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother-daughter pair who ended up in the same hospital room after being struck down …

US defense dept prepares to let Apple and Samsung challenge BlackBerry over contracts

BlackBerry, long a fixture in the Pentagon, could shortly face huge challenges from Apple and Samsung for contracts to sell millions of smartphones …

No bond for martial arts instructor charged with sending ricin letters

A judge declined to set bond Monday for a Mississippi martial arts instructor charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and other government officials.<p>Prosecutors said they believed James Everett Dutschke was dangerous and a flight risk, according to NBC affiliate …

ANC criticised over Nelson Mandela video

Footage of Nelson Mandela looking frail and unsmiling while surrounded by laughing politicians has provoked accusations of exploitation by the South …

Twitter Warns Journalists: "We Believe That These Attacks Will Continue"

In a memo sent to news organizations, Twitter warns that it expects high profile account hijackings — like the one that took down the AP's Twitter account last week — to continue. "Please help us keep your accounts secure," the memo pleads. It returns to a similar note: "Help us protect you."<p>Some …

News Industry

Pizza Maker Shortage Hits Italian Pizzerias

Italy's pizzerias are experiencing a shortage. They have plenty of cheese, dough and pepperoni. What they are lacking are Italian pizza makers.<p>One …

Environment: News & features

If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it

By Ezra Klein<p><i>Update, 7/1/2013: Today was the day that Health Quality Partners -- the wildly successful Medicare experiment I profiled back in April -- was supposed to shut down. But on Thursday, Medicare hit "snooze" on the doomsday clock. HQP, they said, could have another 18 months. Here's their</i> …

Belarus's university in exile

<b>The country of Belarus, between Russia and Poland, has been described as Europe's last dictatorship. But there is a university where students can study in a democratic climate - across the border in Lithuania. It sees itself as educating a generation that will be ready to step in when, one day,</b> …

Australia police arrest hacker group LulzSec 'leader'

<b>Australian police say they have arrested a "self-proclaimed leader" of the hacking group LulzSec.</b><p>The 24-year-old from New South Wales is accused of attacking and defacing a government website earlier this month, a police statement said.<p>Lulzsec has claimed responsibility for several high profile …

Bringing people back from the dead

<b>A doctor says people can be revived several hours after they have seemingly died. Should this change the way we think about death?</b><p>Carol Brothers can't recall the exact moment she died.<p>"I know it must have been a Friday around lunchtime, because we'd got back from shopping," the 63-year old says. "I …