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White House scaling back military support for Afghan forces

After 2014 the U.S. residual force will be limited mostly to advisers at high-level commands and a counterterrorism force that can be used against al-Qaeda targets.<p>WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has scaled back the support American troops will provide for their Afghan counterparts after 2014 when …

N. Korea approves 'merciless' attack on U.S.

It is the latest escalation of tensions between the Koreas and the U.S.<p>Hours after North Korea said that it had final approval to launch "merciless" military strikes on the United States, South Korea's defense minister said North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast.<p>…

Shocking! Indian Engineers Introduce Electric ‘Anti-Rape’ Underwear

Three engineers in India have developed undergarments intended to help women fend off unwanted attacks by delivering electric shocks.<p>India’s recent …

Side Effects Prompt Patients To Stop Cholesterol Drugs

With one-quarter of adults over age 45 taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, it figures that more than a few people would have trouble sticking with the program.<p>More than a few, actually.<p>A big new study of statin use in the real world found that 17 percent of patients taking the pills reported …

A Political War Brews Over 'Food For Peace' Aid Program

Washington is awash in rumors this week that the White House is planning major changes in the way the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world's poorest countries.<p>It has set off an emotional debate. Both sides say they are trying to save lives.<p>America's policies on food aid are …

Making new discoveries by monitoring historical sites from orbit

Looking down from orbit is an attractive way of monitoring historical sites in remote or politically unstable regions – and can even help …

Archaeology

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Patients don't want to be bargain hunters - Futurity

USC (US) — When it comes to health care, high deductibles aren’t enough to motivate …

Health Care

Body's anti-HIV 'training manual' offers vaccine hopes

<b>The body's own "training manual" for attacking HIV has been recorded by US scientists and it is hoped it can be used to design vaccines.</b><p>HIV mutates in order to survive the onslaught of a patient's immune system.<p>However, some patients develop highly effective antibodies that can neutralise huge …

Laser Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction In Rats

A new study found that lasers can zap away cocaine use behaviors in rats.<p>Aiming laser light at the portion of the brain associated with impulse control could ease cocaine addiction, according to a new study in rats.<p>"When we turn on a laser light in the prelimbic region of the prefrontal cortex, the …

Sequestration Stupidity Is Genetic, Hitting Front-Line Medical Research

ST. LOUIS -- Of all the blinkered buzz-saw cuts in this year’s $85 billion spending sequestration, perhaps none is as counterproductive -- or as flat-out boneheaded -- as the one now hitting medical research under way in a refurbished industrial expanse of central St. Louis.<p>Sequester cuts to the …

Defense Secretary Calls North Korea Clear And Present Danger — US Set To Deploy Missile Defense To Guam

This comes with the announcement of the movement of high-altitude missile defense batteries to U.S. bases in Guam, an American territory 2,000 miles southeast of the Korean Peninsula.<p>Hagel has also maintained open communication with the Chinese military in terms of mitigating the North Korean …

NRA plan: Let teachers carry guns

An NRA-backed task force on Tuesday recommended allowing teachers to carry weapons in school, while avoiding any discussion of Congress’ most-talked about gun control proposals.<p>“Teachers should teach,” said former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), the chair of the task force. “But if there is personnel …

High-stakes Testing Makes Cheating Inevitable

The Ohio state auditor is investigating the practice of "scrubbing," or dropping students from attendance rolls so they don't count against test scores. The former El Paso superintendent is in prison for using truant officers to encourage at-risk students to drop out. Other testing scandals have …

Mark Mattioli, Father Of Sandy Hook Victim, Praises NRA School Safety Plan

The father of a child killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting praised the National Rifle Association on Tuesday for its "comprehensive program" to address gun violence in schools.<p>Mark Mattioli, whose six-year-old son, James, was killed in the December shooting, spoke during a NRA …

Stephen Colbert To Host Fundraisers For Sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch

Political satirist Stephen Colbert will host two high-profile fundraisers for his sister, South Carolina Democratic House nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Politico reported on Monday.<p>Colbert will host one fundraising event on April 15 in Washington and another on April 23 in New York, together with …

NRA School Plan: Arm Teachers, Turn Schools Into Prisons, and Never Mention Guns

Based on the National Rifle Association's press conference today, the solution to mass shootings like the murder of 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December is simple: turn our schools into prisons, complete with perimeter fences, …