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New money laundering probe involves funds from Venezuela

Money laundering investigators conducted searches Thursday in a case in which agents believe money from Venezuela passed through Costa Rican bank accounts before going elsewhere. Agents searched the home of a Costa Rican lawyer in Guachipelín de Escazú and his … Continue reading

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South African President Zuma visits Mandela twice in hospital

South African President Jacob Zuma Thursday visited anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela for the second time in under 24 hours, a sign of growing concern about the former president’s health.  Mandela has remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital for … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate OKs immigration bill which faces uncertain future

The U.S. Senate has approved a landmark overhaul of immigration laws by a 68 to 32 vote. The bill is a top item on President Barack Obama’s agenda, but faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives. The Senate’s … Continue reading

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Words of dying woman will be heard at terror trial

The judge in the trial of a U.S. Army major accused of the terrorist killing of 13 people has ruled that an emotional recording of a dying victim can be used as evidence.  The judge also set the date for … Continue reading

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Another year of Glastonbury opens beneath cloudy skies

Britain’s largest music festival got off to a traditionally muddy start Thursday as thousands of campers arrived at Glastonbury in pouring rain for three days of music headlined by veteran rockers the Rolling Stones. The event that started as a … Continue reading

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Voyager probe encounters strange area in deep space

Reports last summer that NASA’s long-lived Voyager 1 space probe had finally left the solar system turned out to be a bit premature, scientists said Thursday. Rather, the spacecraft, which was launched in 1977 for a five-year mission to study … Continue reading

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New evidence discovered in Alzheimer research

Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center have identified a brain protein that may have a role in causing the dementia of Alzheimer’s disease. The finding could allow scientists to develop more effective treatments. Neurons are the wiring through which … Continue reading

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Smithsonian features genes in new Washington exhibit

A genomic revolution is changing people’s lives.  A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington explores the extraordinary impact it is having on science, medicine and nature. “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” opened to large crowds … Continue reading

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Snowden still in Moscow perhaps waiting for Maduro

Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence leaker, missed another plane to Havana Thursday.  As an overnight stopover in Moscow drags on, Snowden’s stay is taking a toll on the U.S.-Russia relationship. President Obama took time out on a trip to … Continue reading

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Subsidized college loans facing interest increase

Seven million low-income U.S. college students face higher costs unless President Barack Obama and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach an agreement by July. Many experts doubt the bickering politicians will act in time to prevent a doubling of … Continue reading

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South African president cancels trip over Mandela

South African President Jacob Zuma has canceled a scheduled trip to Mozambique, as former president Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. The anti-apartheid icon has been hospitalized for nearly three weeks for a recurring lung infection. … Continue reading

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New EU tariff jeopardizes U.S.-made designer jeans

The Made in USA label is still coveted in many parts of the world. Some consumers, especially in Europe, will pay a high price for a pair of American-made designer jeans, many of them made in California.  Now, the industry … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate poised to pass overhaul of immigration law

The U.S. Senate is poised to approve a landmark overhaul of America’s immigration laws. A vote could come late today or Friday. Wednesday the Senate formally adopted tough border security requirements as a condition for legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants … Continue reading

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Official mouthpiece role urged for U.S. agency broadcasting

A former leader of U.S. international broadcasting Wednesday urged Congress to re-organize the journalistic agency so that broadcasters follow foreign policy directives. The proposal came during a U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing critical of the management of … Continue reading

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Twin decisions advance cause of same sex marriages in U.S.

Supporters of same-sex marriage in the United States won two victories Wednesday at the Supreme Court with potentially far-reaching legal and political consequences. Just after the decisions were made public, chants of “USA” and “thank you” from gay marriage supporters … Continue reading

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Public seems to be ready for homosexual unions

The latest U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage have been welcomed by many Americans, but not all. In Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, Ken Kidd stood resplendent in a hot pink suit and tie, and celebrated Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings. … Continue reading

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Obama in Senegal to back democracy and U.S. trade

U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Senegal, the first stop of a three-nation African trip focused on supporting democratic progress, and increasing U.S. trade and investment. Senegal is the starting point for what is only Obama’s second visit to … Continue reading

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U.N. says flow of new drugs challenges the legal system

Designer drugs that are sold openly and legally are on the rise and the international drug control system is foundering under the speed and creativity of their proliferation, the United Nations said in a global report Wednesday. A swathe of … Continue reading

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