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Inner ear disorders 'linked to hyperactivity '

<b>Inner-ear problems could be a cause of hyperactive behaviour, research suggests.</b><p>A study on mice, published in Science, said such problems caused changes in the brain that led to hyperactivity.<p>It could lead to the development of new targets for behaviour disorder treatments, the US team says.<p>A UK …

The Brain

‘Revenge porn’ law in California could pave way for rest of nation

A bill that would criminalize "revenge porn" — nude or sexual photos, generally of former wives or girlfriends, posted online by an angry ex — could pave the way for other states to adopt similar laws, putting perpetrators in jail for six months if convicted a first time, and up to a year for …

New Jersey

Bradley Manning files request for pardon

Lawyers for Bradley Manning have filed a request for a pardon from President Barack Obama following the soldier's 35-year jail sentence for the biggest intelligence leak in US history.<p>"Private Manning's pardon request was filed today by our office," attorney David Coombs said on Twitter.<p>The lawyer …

New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

<b>A new timeline for the origin of ancient Egypt has been established by scientists.</b><p>A team from the UK found that the transformation from a land of disparate farmers into a state ruled by a king was more rapid than previously thought.<p>Using radiocarbon dating and computer models, they believe the …

Ancient History

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea to meet 'my friend Kim'

The retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea and the stakes are high. Rodman could influence the fate of an American political prisoner toiling in one of the country's labour camps. Or he may start a basketball league.<p>One thing is certain: before Rodman leaves the "hermit …

Mexico Summons U.S. Ambassador, Seeking Answers To Spying Claims

Allegations that U.S. agents spied on Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto when he was a candidate during last year's campaign have led Mexico to summon U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and demanded "a thorough investigation."<p>Mexico's foreign ministry says that "alleged espionage activity involving …

Nancy Pelosi's test

Nancy Pelosi is facing one of her biggest tests as House minority leader in helping muscle a military strike on Syria through the House.<p>With a majority of House Republicans unlikely to support President Barack Obama’s use-of-force resolution, Pelosi’s Democrats will be key to passing an …

Senator Leahy: Feds Shouldn't 'Waste Time' on State Marijuana Laws

The Judiciary Committee chair worries that a "dysfunctional" Congress won't press for needed drug reforms.<p>It's easy both to understate and overstate the significance of the Justice Department's announcement Thursday that it would not immediately challenge new regulations in Colorado and Washington …

Chinese firm tests drones for express delivery service

Most US citizens associate drones with dubious allegations of terrorist activity, but Chinese delivery firm SF Express is currently testing drone technology for something a little more innocuous: express delivery.<p>According to The Atlantic, a delivery was first spotted in Dongguan, China, by a …

Is It Legal For Undocumented Immigrant To Practice Law?

On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court holds oral arguments in a case that will determine whether Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, can become a licensed attorney.<p>The case has drawn attention from legal groups across the country and comes amid the larger national fight over immigration …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Boehner, Cantor endorse strike on Syria

The support announced after President Obama met with lawmakers represents a huge boost for the president's efforts win congressional approval for military action.<p>WASHINGTON — President Obama's hopes of winning congressional backing for a military strike against Syria received a huge lift on Tuesday …

'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action

Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution<p>Vladimir Putin has warned the US against launching military action in Syria, stating that Russia has "plans" on how it would react if such a scenario unfolded.<p>The Russian president's …

The Politics: Will Syria Give Rand Paul a Leg Up on Marco Rubio?

For an un­con­ven­tion­al but likely pres­id­en­tial con­tender such as Sen. Rand Paul of Ken­tucky, tim­ing is everything.<p>The de­bate in Con­gress …

Government

Pa. judge hears arguments in landmark gay marriage case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – A judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday heard arguments over whether an elected county clerk can grant same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of state law.<p>Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini indicated he would rule quickly in the case, filed by the state’s Health …

Vladimir Putin: gay people are not discriminated against in Russia

Vladimir Putin has sought to ease concerns that Russia's new anti-gay law will be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.<p>The president insisted that gay people were not discriminated against in his country.<p>"I assure you that I work with these people, I …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Christie blasts rival over fat joke

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is accusing his Democratic opponent in the governor’s race of mocking his weight, calling it beneath the office of governor.<p>Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday in New Jersey, Christie, who recently had lap-band weight loss surgery, was asked about comments from …

Mississippi hunters break state record with 727-pound alligator

Mississippi alligator hunters have hauled in a mammoth 727-pound specimen, breaking the state record for the largest ever caught.<p>The mammoth reptile was captured on Sunday, the third day of the 10-day alligator hunting season when a small number of people are granted permits in order to cull the …

Alligator

Former Senior White House Official On Larry Summers Nomination: 'It Really Does Need To Be Stopped'

WASHINGTON -- A former senior White House official who worked closely with Larry Summers is worried that his brusque manner would make him unable to govern the Federal Open Market Committee, and questions the wisdom of naming him chairman of the Federal Reserve, a role that may not play to his …

Poker-faced John McCain caught playing on smartphone during Senate's Syria hearing

John McCain's poker face as he sat with colleagues listening to the case for the US to attack Syria was genuine: he was playing cards on his iPhone.<p>A photograph of the senior Republican senator, a longtime advocate for forceful military intervention in Syria, playing poker on his phone, held just …

Obama Administration

Indian villagers to get 'water ATM' network

A network of "water ATM machines" to bring clean drinking water to some of the world's poorest people is being launched in India.<p>For the equivalent of one penny a time, thousands villagers whose own supplies have been contaminated by sewage will be provided with 10 litres of drinking water that is …

India

Menendez expects Obama address

Sen. Robert Menendez said Wednesday that he believes President Barack Obama will address the American people to explain his reasoning for military action in Syria.<p>“I believe that he will do that, probably later this week. And I think it is important for him to do so,” the New Jersey Democrat said …

Kenya parliament to reconsider ICC membership

Kenya's parliament has been recalled to debate ending its membership of the International Criminal Court, in advance of a crimes-against-humanity trial of the vice-president starting next week.<p>Joyce Laboso, the parliamentary deputy speaker, issued on Tuesday the order for the "special sitting of …

Associated Press News

Scientists call for overhaul of UN 'blockbuster' climate reports

International scientists are calling for an overhaul of the United Nations' "blockbuster" climate reports ahead of the delivery of the next big assessment.<p>The reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are compiled by hundreds of scientists and are considered the definitive …

'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again

From the NPR Newscast: Anthony Kuhn reports on Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea again, six months after spending time there with dictator Kim Jong Un — an "awesome" man, in Rodman's opinion.<p>NPR's …

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