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Obama to Congress: OK new cash for roads, bridges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is running out of money to repair deteriorating roads, bridges and ports, and President Barack Obama says more federal spending will help avert a looming crisis that could stifle economic growth and torment commuters.


UN photo archive tells story of Palestinian exodus

RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 1975 photo shows Palestinian refugee Fathiyeh Sattari, her eyes wide with worry, as she presents her malnourished baby boy to a doctor at a clinic run by a U.N. aid agency.


What makes mining in Turkey so dangerous?

The mining disaster that killed more than 200 workers in Turkey has underscored the health and safety problems in the country's mining sector.


Ukraine launches talks but its foes are missing

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's government launched talks Wednesday on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan but didn't invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.


Ex-tabloid royal editor: I hacked Kate 155 times

LONDON (AP) — The former royal editor of the News of the World said Wednesday that he repeatedly hacked the voicemails of Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton in the months before he was arrested for illegal eavesdropping in 2006.


Sept. 11 museum is called a monument to unity

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum portrayed it as a monument to unity and resilience ahead of its dedication Thursday, saying that the struggles to build it and conflicts over its content would be trumped by its tribute to both loss and survival.


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.


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