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Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, has died. He was 82.<p>The Dallas Morning News says Simmons died late Saturday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His wife, Annette, told the newspaper that Simmons was "very sick for the last two weeks" and was in …

Switzerland gives Khodorkovsky 3-month Schengen visa

Switzerland granted a three-month visa on Friday to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian former oil tycoon who was released from prison earlier two weeks ago.<p>The visa allows Khodorkovsky to travel within the Schengen area, which includes the majority of the European Union and several countries outside …

Uruguay may have started a marijuana legalization storm in Latin America

It’s barely been a month since Uruguay moved to legalize marijuana, and yet the effects of the decision are already being felt well outside of its borders.<p>Neighboring Argentina, a long-time proponent of keeping marijuana illegal, gave its first indication that Uruguay’s pivot has tempted it to at …

Cannabis

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Children 'beheaded and mutilated' in Central African Republic, says Unicef

UN warns of unprecedented levels of violence against children, as December sectarian clashes result in 1,000 dead in Bangui<p>The UN agency for children says attacks against children have reached new levels of viciousness in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting between Muslim Seleka …

Greece won't need more loans, says Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said the country will exit the troika's loan agreement in 2014<p>Greece will exit its EU-IMF bailout agreement as scheduled in 2014 and will require no further loans, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said.<p>"In 2014 we will make the big step to exit the loan …

US law enforcement deaths fall to 50-year low, report finds

In 2013, 111 officers died, with more widespread use of body armour and officers wearing seatbelts credited for decline<p>The number of law enforcement deaths dropped to its lowest level in 54 years in 2013, according to a report published on Monday.<p>One hundred and eleven officers died on duty this …

Official who led ACA site rollout exits

The official in charge of developing the Affordable Care Act’s website is retiring from federal service on Tuesday.<p>Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, had intended to leave last year after four decades in public service but stayed on to …

If You Ride the Subway to Work You're About to Get Screwed

Cash machines raided with infected USB sticks

<b>Researchers have revealed how cyber-thieves sliced into cash machines in order to infect them with malware earlier this year.</b><p>The criminals cut the holes in order to plug in USB drives that installed their code onto the ATMs.<p>Details of the attacks on an unnamed European bank's cash dispensers were …

ATMs

Cholesterol levels linked to early signs of Alzheimer's in brain

High levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and low levels of the “bad” LDL kind are not just helpful for your heart, they’re better for your brain as well, a new study finds.<p>In fact, the wrong levels of the two types of cholesterol are associated with more of the protein deposits in the brain associated …

Dementia

More "quality" jobs seen as sign of improving economy

Recent job gains and record highs in the stock market are signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening, leading many economists to believe job growth will continue into 2014.<p>"If we could maintain a 3 percent–plus pace next year … I'm thinking so far we have in the second half of this year ... then …

Economics

Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani 'arrested'

<b>The billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani has been arrested, state media report.</b><p>In September, Iran's parliament began investigating his business dealings after he was accused of withholding $1.9bn (£1.2bn) of oil revenue meant to be channelled through his companies.<p>Mr Zanjani, who claims he …

Asia

Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Conservators working to preserve artifacts from the early days of Antarctic exploration have uncovered century-old black-and-white negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition but never printed.<p>A box containing 22 negatives was found frozen in a block of ice in a hut used first …

Brazilian Tenharim tribe returns to Amazon reserve

<b>Some 150 indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon region have returned to their reserve, several days after seeking refuge in a nearby military base.</b><p>Members of the Tenharim tribe fled their lands on Christmas Day, after riots in the nearby town of Humaita.<p>Local groups accused the tribe of abducting …

Brazil

Chalk up another topic beset by political polarization: Evolution

By about 2-1, Americans accept the idea that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," but as with so many issues these days, answers to that question have taken on a growing partisan cast.<p>According to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center, six in 10 Americans say they …

Pew Research Center

Train collision in North Dakota sets oil cars ablaze - video

A train carrying crude oil in North Dakota has collided with another freighter, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze. It is the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarm over growing oil-by-rail traffic. Local residents heard five powerful explosions a …

Best Pictures: Photographer Trapped Aboard Antarctic Ship

From penguins to icebergs to now a ship trapped in ice—Andrew Peacock is documenting daily life aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy.

33 cops killed by gunfire in 2013, the lowest number since 1887

In 2013, some of the year's biggest headlines involved cop killers.<p>There was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who authorities said was shot and killed by the Tsarnaev brothers after the Boston Marathon bombings in April.<p>There was Christopher Dorner's vengeful rampage across Southern California in …

Law Enforcement

Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

The meteorite is providing invaluable information to help protect against larger rocks that might pose a serious threat to Earth<p>Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling …

Poll: Obama, Clinton most admired

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead as the most admired man and woman in America, respectively, by wide margins, according to a new poll Monday.<p>Obama and Clinton top the Gallup poll for the sixth consecutive year.<p>Sixteen percent of Americans surveyed said they …

The Navy Fraud Scandal That Just Won’t Go Away

The DOJ is continuing an investigation which has already ensnared more than a handful of Navy officials.<p>A Navy fraud investigation is becoming one the largest scandal's for the armed service in recent years, and the investigation is spilling over into 2014.<p>Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO for …

Associated Press News

Historic US flight to Cuba lands in Havana

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect.<p>US Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight …

Iran wants American tourists, and a boomlet has begun

The U.S. and Iran may have miles to go in their negotiations over curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the ease in hostility has already produced a boomlet in American travel to Iran.<p>Three U.S.-based tour operators say they've seen a surge of bookings and questions about Iran in recent months. …

South Asia