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Jul 11, 2014

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO’s ...

California preps for soda tax showdown

Jul 11, 2014

California preps for soda tax showdown

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. man jailed for China espionage

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment. It was a rare conviction for economic espionage. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White ...

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

Jul 11, 2014

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

In 1992, a pair of scientists had a brain wave: How about inserting genes into rice that would boost its vitamin A content? By doing so, tens of millions of poor people who depend on rice as a staple could get a vital nutrient, ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utah man admits stealing rare dinosaur footprint fossil

A Utah man has admitted to stealing, and then throwing away, a very rare fossilized dinosaur footprint, but will not spend any time in prison, according to court documents. Jared Ehlers, a 35-year-old construction worker, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in ...

U.S. defense chief says F-35 still the jet of the future

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. defense chief says F-35 still the jet of the future

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told military fliers on Thursday the stealthy F-35 attack plane has “issues” but is still “the future for our fighter aircraft” despite a fire that grounded the fleet and jeopardized its international debut in Britain. In a visit to ...

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Jul 11, 2014

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the ...

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Jul 11, 2014

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation’s standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died. She was 92 and died Wednesday, said Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman ...

Jul 11, 2014

Compromise surfaces on Obama border request

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency border spending request were emerging Thursday in Congress, which would involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The ...