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23andMe suspends health-related genetic tests after FDA warning

23andMe, the Google-backed personal genetics company, said it would no longer offer health-related results from its genetic tests to customers after a recent warning from federal regulators.<p>The move comes about two weeks after the Mountain View, Calif., start-up received a letter from the U.S. Food …

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)<p>But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says …

Wikileaks reveals failed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists

A 2010 presentation laid out strategies for dealing with environmentalists<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 6, 2013 9:33pm (UTC)<p>The oil industry never wanted people to get worked up about the tapping of Canada's tar sands. That much already went without saying. But a 2010 presentation released by Wikileaks …

Judge orders Colorado baker to serve gay couples

A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.<p>The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because …

Battle Widens Over ‘Gas Rush’ Climate Footprint

Natural gas advocates are facing fresh criticism about the fuel’s climate footprint, even as gas-fired power plants snag market share from coal units …

School league tables: 700 primaries 'failing to hit targets'

Primary school league tables – to be published next week – are expected to show that more institutions are 'failing' following a toughening up of exam targets for 11-year-olds<p>Rising numbers of primary schools are to be effectively branded as “failing” following a toughening up of exam targets for …

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Cantor calls for GOP unity

HOT SPRINGS, Va.—House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pleaded for Republican unity here Saturday as he prodded his party to offer more solutions that make voters feel like they have their backs on “kitchen table” issues.<p>The congressman, who represents a district around Richmond, told about 500 party …

Sen. Chris Murphy, Taking On the NRA After Newtown

The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he …

GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American voters

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Not long ago, the Republican National Committee did something out of the ordinary: The party issued a formal statement marking<p>Diwali, an important Hindu holiday.<p>"Diwali and the lighting of the Diya celebrate the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance," …

Cuccinelli rules out another run

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Ken Cuccinelli faulted the Republicans who lacked faith in him during the home stretch of the Virginia governor’s race Saturday night.<p>Fighting back tears through a surprise, 30-minute dinner speech to party activists at The Homestead Resort, the attorney general recounted a phone …

Filibuster rule's end should help Obama reshape a key court

A Senate filibuster rule change should help Obama reshape the key D.C. Circuit Court, but Republicans have other tools to block nominees.<p>December 07, 2013|By Timothy M. Phelps<p>President Obama introduces his nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals… (Olivier Douliery / Abaca…)<p>WASHINGTON — On …

Children could have DNA tested at birth

Jeremy Hunt wants Britain to become the first country in the world to routinely test children's entire DNA at birth to identify diseases<p>Every child in Britain could have their DNA decoded at birth by the NHS to predict their risk of disease, the Health Secretary has predicted.<p>Jeremy Hunt, the …

Teachers unions face moment of truth

It’s designed to be an impressive show of force: Thousands of unionized teachers plan to rally Monday in cities from New York to San Francisco to “reclaim the promise of public education.”<p>Behind the scenes, however, teachers unions are facing tumultuous times. Long among the wealthiest and most …

Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read

Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.<p>A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to "teach to the test" to take all individuality …

The WTO Just Came To A Historic Trade Deal — Here's What You Need To Know

The deal required unanimous approval from the 159 countries involved and took until the final hour to complete.<p>This round of talks, known as the Doha Round, began back in 2001 and has seen little success. Member countries had already given up finding a compromise that would reduce tariffs and …

World Economy

Controversial GMO Corn Study Being Retracted Over Authors' Objections

Retractions are always interesting. When a scientific paper is retracted, it usually means the authors have found a serious error, and that the major conclusions are no longer valid. The error can be unintentional, but in some high-profile cases, the story is far more interesting.<p>Reading about a …

Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’

President Barack Obama on Sunday likely became the first <i>actual</i> President to publicly acknowledge Area 51, the top-secret government testing ground …

Hundred thousand genomes to be mapped in Saudi Arabia

<b>Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped in a new human genome project.</b><p>The research will look at genes linked with diseases, and pave the way for prenatal and premarital screening.<p>The project, funded by the Saudi Arabian national science agency, will create a DNA …

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Members' ACA sign-up headaches

Staring down a deadline to sign up for Obamacare, some lawmakers are getting hit by technical glitches or sticker shock. Others are breezing through the website, elated by lower premiums and better health services. And at least one won’t sign up at all — opting to pay a penalty instead.<p>In short, …

How A Small-Time Marijuana Arrest Has Devastated A Great Teacher's Life

Video: Meet Alberto Willmore, a popular New York City public school teacher. His life was turned upside down when he was arrested for pot possession in 2011.

MannKind is seeking approval for diabetes inhaler system by spring

STOCK SPOTLIGHT<p>MannKind is seeking approval for diabetes inhaler system by spring<p>Drug developer MannKind is trying to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes with Afrezza, an inhaled form of insulin powder. It would eliminate the need for most injections.<p>December 08, 2013|By Ronald D. White<p>As …

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Obama, Celebrities, Politicians And Tech Co’s Come Together To Launch Coding Education Push

Back in January, brothers Ali Partovi and Hadi Partovi launched a new non-profit organization called Code.org with a simple mission: Change the perception America has of coding and computer science and make those subjects accessible to the masses.<p>There’s no better indication of just how far …

GOP governor 'all in' on ACA

In a Republican party that’s gone all out against Obamacare, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval went all in.<p>Sandoval is the only Republican governor whose state is both running its own health insurance exchange this year and expanding its Medicaid program under the health law. He’s arguably doing more to …

Drug hope for leukaemia patients after Cardiff trial

<b>A drug trialled by doctors in Cardiff could prolong the life of patients with the most common adult leukaemia.</b><p>The drug, GA101, has been given with chemotherapy to patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and other conditions.<p>Study leader Prof Chris Fegan called the results "exciting", with …

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