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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 …

Stephen Hawking: physics would be 'more interesting' if Higgs boson hadn't been found

World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Physics would have been "far more interesting" if scientists had been unable to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The cosmologist was speaking at an event to mark …

Congressional Odd Couple Could Be Key To Any Budget Breakthrough

Twenty-nine lawmakers are supposed to come up with a long-term budget deal by mid-December. They meet again Wednesday around a conference table, led by two people who couldn't be more different: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.<p>At 6-foot-1, …

End of era for Hill's defense hawks

The defense industry’s glory days on Capitol Hill are coming to an end.<p>The past year has been tough for some of the industry’s stalwarts. In December, the defense establishment lost Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), a Medal of Honor recipient who then chaired both the Appropriations Committee and its …

US heart panel recommends statins for a third of US adults

<b>A third of all adult Americans should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to the first such new guidelines in a decade.</b><p>It is estimated that 33 million Americans - 44% of men and 22% of women - would meet the threshold for taking statins, under the advice issued by two …

Holistic Medicine

Making of ACA management failure

In the days after HealthCare.gov went live, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough quietly dispatched Jeff Zients, a favorite West Wing fixer, to assess the operation and report back.<p>When Zients did, President Barack Obama learned the project was in worse shape than suspected — riddled with …