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Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

NEW YORK (AP) — In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch's Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival media giant Time Warner for about $76 billion in cash and stock.

U.S. nurse refuses to force-feed Guantanamo inmates

A U.S. Navy nurse has refused to take part in force-feeding Guantanamo inmates on hunger strike, the first time a medical officer has openly objected to the practice, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The male nurse, whose name has not been disclosed, was part of a medical team at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that feeds detainees by inserting a tube up their nose, down the throat and into the stomach. "This nurse did not want to take part in the enteral feeding and has since been assigned to other duties," spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. Pentagon officials said another medical officer previously had declined to participate in an unspecified procedure but that case did not involve tube feedings.

Numerous lapses at CDC prior to live anthrax release

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday faulted a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses at government laboratories handling deadly pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu, calling for an overhaul of controls at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members of a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee cited new information on breaches previously unreported by CDC, which is under scrutiny for the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax bacteria in June. The criticism, equally shared by Democratic and Republican lawmakers, was directed at CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden at a hearing. The incidents at the CDC's Atlanta campus have sparked fresh concerns over the lack of independent oversight of potentially dangerous research nationwide, even as the number of labs doing such work has surged in recent years.

123 people on gambling boat stuck on Georgia rocks

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A casino boat ran aground on rocks off the coast of Georgia overnight and remained stranded hours after daybreak Wednesday, with Coast Guard crews awaiting high tide to attempt to remove the 123 people aboard.

Dutch liable for 300 Srebrenica deaths, court says

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A court on Wednesday ordered the Netherlands to compensate the families of more than 300 Bosnian Muslims killed after Dutch troops handed them over to Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, in a ruling that could make countries more leery to contribute troops to peacekeeping missions.

Israeli strike kills 4 Gaza youths on coastal road

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed.

Hooker pleads not guilty in Google exec's drug death

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht in California after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and heroin charges.

Philippines typhoon misses Manila, but kills at least 12

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon roared through the Philippines, killing at least 12 people, knocking out power in many areas and damaging a parked jetliner, but the country's sprawling capital was largely spared when the storm's fierce winds shifted direction, officials said.

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

Bomb scare shuts down Louisiana university campus

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were told to stay in their on-campus apartments and commuters were sent home Wednesday morning after police found a suspicious device in a park next to the campus.

Dems seek political edge in contraception ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Murdoch's Fox makes bid for Time Warner

Time Warner has rejected a takeover bid from Twenty-First Century Fox and says it has no interest in further discussions with Rupert Murdoch's media entertainment giant.

Hooker arraigned in overdose death of Google exec

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin is scheduled to appear in a California courtroom Wednesday to answer to manslaughter, drug and prostitution charges.