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El Chapo capture: Mexico says no plan to extradite Joaquin Guzmán to US

Mexico has said it will keep Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán in its highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, putting off any extradition to face trial in the US.<p>Two Mexican federal judges ruled on Tuesday that Guzmán will face trial on drug trafficking and organised crime charges in Mexico. …

Stolen radioactive material found in Mexico cornfield

A shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 has been safely recovered after sitting in the cornfield where it was found a week ago dumped by thieves in central Mexico, according to the country's nuclear safety director.<p>Juan Eibenschutz, the director general of the National Commission of Nuclear …

Dell Unveils Its First Chromebook, An 11-Inch Portable Designed Specifically For Education

Dell has finally made its entry into the Chromebook market official, as it follows in the footsteps of many other PC OEMs who are looking around to shore up flagging Windows machine sales. Dell’s aims with Chromebooks and Chrome OS are pretty specifically targeted, however, as Dell is creating its …

Budget agreement reached

Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a two-year budget agreement late Tuesday night that they say will end years of bitter budget wars on Capitol Hill.<p>The framework amounts to a modest deal that averts another government shutdown, replaces the sequester and provides a level of certainty on …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic <i>Coca-Cola (3)</i> will hit the auction block at Christie's, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.<p>Warhol painted the 6-foot-tall black-and-white canvas in 1962 as part of a series of four Coke bottle paintings. According …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Saudi Arabia officially declines council seat

Saudi Arabia has officially informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it will not take its seat in the Security Council, clearing the way for Jordan to take the traditional Arab seat on the UN's most powerful body.<p>Prior to Tuesday's letter from Saudi Arabia's UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Moualimi to …

Former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy sworn in as US ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, leaves for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the U.S. and the Asian nation.<p>"We just had a tea ceremony which was a wonderful introduction to the Japanese …

The First World Trade Center Tower At Ground Zero Since 9/11 Opens Today

Sheathed in glass, 4 World Trade Center is the smallest of the four main towers on the site where 2,700 people died when hijacked airplanes crashed into the towers.<p>It stands 977 feet tall - a shorter, simpler version of One World Trade Center, which will not be completed until early 2014.<p>The …

World Trade Center

Putin trumps Chuck Norris in black belt stakes

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded the highest rank in taekwondo, it is reported.</b><p>While on a visit to South Korea, he received a ninth-degree black belt from Choue Chung-won, president of the World Taekwondo Federation, Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reports.<p>The Russian president has …

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON — Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, leaves for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the U.S. and the Asian nation.<p>"We just had a tea ceremony which was a wonderful introduction to the …

Spy in a bag: family reject police conclusion death was 'tragic accident'

The parents and sister of MI6 spy Gareth Williams still believe he was murdered<p>The family of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, who was found dead in a locked holdall, have rejected police conclusions that he died in a tragic accident by himself.<p>The parents and sister of the codebreaker still believe he was …

Crime

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Typhoon Haiyan: eight die in food stampede amid desperate wait for aid

Eight people have been killed in the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines after thousands of Haiyan survivors stormed a government-owned rice warehouse seeking food supplies.<p>The Philippines National Food Authority said police and soldiers stood by helpless as people streamed into the warehouse in …

US 'spied on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

The US National Security Agency allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine <i>Panorama</i> claimed on Wednesday.<p>"The National Security Agency wire-tapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone …

Cygnus cargo craft unhooks from space station

The first privately built Cygnus cargo ship to visit the International Space Station detached from the orbiting lab Tuesday and is poised to destroy itself in Earth's atmosphere in a fiery finale to its successful test flight.<p>The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, …

Space Exploration

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Study: Weatherization Could Save U.S. $33 Billion

Weather­iz­ing every home in the U.S. would save the coun­try $33 bil­lion a year in en­ergy costs, ac­cord­ing to a new Lawrence Berkley Na­tion­al …

Flu vaccine cuts risk of heart attack for some patients

People who had a recent heart attack who got the flu shot had a 55% lower risk of having a major cardiac event.<p>Getting a flu shot cuts the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by more than 50% in people who have had a heart attack, a new study shows.<p>"We may have identified that the flu vaccine …

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Haitian Cholera Strain Spreads To Mexico

A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent's mainland.<p>Mexico is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It's a disease that's very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor …

Madagascar takes first step on the road back to democracy

It is 4pm in the highland village of Antanifotsy and the Ranaivo family is hard at work, catching the last hour of daylight before heading home. Amid the terraced rice paddies so typical of the central plateaux of Madagascar, they are building a huge kiln, laid with about 15,000 bricks. They hope …