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U.S. experts urge focus on ethics in brain research

Ethics must be considered early and often as the field of modern neuroscience forges ahead, to avoid repeating a dark period in history when lobotomies were common, experts said Wednesday. President Barack Obama sought the recommendations of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, as part of his $100 million Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced last year. It is "absolutely critical... to integrate ethics from the get-go into neuroscience research," and not "for the first time after something has gone wrong," said Amy Gutmann, Bioethics Commission Chair. Instead, it called for institutions and individuals engaged in neuroscience research, as well as government agencies and other funders, to integrate ethics early in research.

FBI: Pals of marathon suspect had to be questioned

BOSTON (AP) — An FBI agent says that two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) would have been arrested if they did not come to a police station voluntarily.

Factories burned, looted as China-Vietnam tensions grow

Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters, officials said Wednesday.

Pakistan police arrest teacher for gang rape

MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested a teacher at a Quranic school and his two friends on charges of gang raping a college student in the country's northwest, alleging he filmed the attack and may have blackmailed other victims, authorities said Wednesday.

Frugal Americans challenge food companies' bottom line

By Lewis Krauskopf and Lisa Baertlein NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rebecca Sumrow is one of the customers food and restaurant company executives have in mind when they consider raising prices to offset higher costs as meat and milk soar to record highs. The 30-year-old from San Clemente, California, was out of work for a short time last year and saved money by moving in with her boyfriend and cutting back on clothes shopping and dining out. Consumers \"have gotten really good over these last four years at stretching a penny,\" said Pat Conroy, leader of the U.S. consumer products practice at Deloitte LLP. So far, we've been right.\" According to Deloitte's annual survey of food shoppers released last week, 94 percent agreed they would remain cautious and keep spending at the same level even if the economy improves.

Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death ...

San Diego wildfires have grow calm, authorities say

A pair of wildfires flared and thousands of residents fled amid drought conditions and spiking heat in California, but both blazes had calmed as night fell and the winds that had whipped them diminished.

Marlins' Fernandez has elbow tear, surgery looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Marlins got the news they'd been dreading since Sunday, when ace Jose Fernandez was scratched from his regular bullpen session in San Diego: He is probably going to miss the rest of the season.

World Health Organization: MERS isn't an emergency

LONDON (AP) — The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Report: Director Bendjelloul committed suicide

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Malik Bendjelloul, director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.

Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China riots

By Ho Binh Minh and Manuel Mogato HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to foreign factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt of Tuesday's anti-China violence appears to have been borne by Taiwanese companies in the zones in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, as rioters mistook the firms to be Chinese-owned. The row over the South China Sea and anti-China violence in tightly-controlled Vietnam have brought relations between Hanoi and Beijing to one of their lowest points since the Communist neighbors fought a brief border war in 1979. \"I fear a dark chapter in Sino-Vietnamese relations is now being written,\" said Ian Storey, a South China Sea expert at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Pistorius to undergo psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the double-amputee athlete's murder trial will be interrupted, possibly for two months.

Biden touts St. Louis Arch renovation project

Vice President Joe Biden made a rain-shortened appearance beneath the Gateway Arch to tout the economic benefits of a massive renovation project at the iconic tourist attraction. The Democratic vice president ...