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  • What To Expect From Thursday's Russia/Ukraine Talks (Spoiler: Not Much)

    Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have already spent at least 10 hours together in the past month, not to mention almost daily phone calls, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Russian incursion in Ukraine. During that period,...

  • In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults
    In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease. But nuclear transfer is also the first step in reproductive cloning, or producing a genetic duplicate of someone - a technique that has sparked controversy since the 1997 announcement that it was used to create Dolly, the clone of a ewe.

  • Old-timey car pitched as replacement for NYC's horse-drawn carriages
    Old-timey car pitched as replacement for NYC's horse-drawn carriages

    An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. ...

  • Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut
    Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut

    Kim Jong-un’s distinctive haircut is no laughing matter for North Korea. A London hair salon that put up a promotional poster of the country’s leader, with the tag line “Bad Hair Day?” is at the center of a diplomatic dispute. The North Korean embassy has...

  • Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'
    Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest.

  • 911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
    911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
    Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.

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