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  • Polar vortex redux? Unseasonable summer lows coming to U.S. next week
    Polar vortex redux? Unseasonable summer lows coming to U.S. next week

    Remember the polar vortex? That weather pattern that sent temperatures plummeting across much of North America last winter? Well, it's back — sort of.

  • Secret iPhone 6 feature uncovered?
    Secret iPhone 6 feature uncovered?

    Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphone is not exactly the best-kept secret in the tech world, with more and more leaks revealing new details about the upcoming handset. A new report from Chinese publication Laoyaoba has learned about a new secret iPhone 6 feature, which may be an important one for certain users and app developers. Apparently, the new iPhone 6 will incorporate a more advanced vibration motor that could offer better tactile feedback to users, depending on the app they’re using or the area they tap on the screen. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6: What you have to do to break its unbreakable display The new tactile motor will reportedly cost two to three times more than the one found in the iPhone 5s — that one apparently

  • Baby thought cleared of HIV has virus again
    Baby thought cleared of HIV has virus again

    A girl who was born HIV-positive but was treated early and showed no signs of the disease for years has seen her infection return, US doctors said Thursday. The girl's story had raised hopes that doctors may have found a way to cure young children who are born HIV-positive, simply by giving them strong anti-retroviral drugs shortly after birth. "Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young child, the medical staff involved in the child's care and the HIV/AIDS research community," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Known widely as the "Mississippi baby," she was born to an HIV-positive mother in 2010 and was given a potent dose of anti-retroviral medication 30 hours after birth.

  • Missing Mont Blanc mountain climber found after 32 years in ice
    Missing Mont Blanc mountain climber found after 32 years in ice

    Mountain-climbers have made a grisly discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps - the body of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years. The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper Dauphine Libere and other media reported. Hyvert was last seen alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the "Aiguille Verte" mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon. He was in his element." The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year.

  • Security guard: I was fired after bosses saw me on TV buying pot in Washington
    Security guard: I was fired after bosses saw me on TV buying pot in Washington

    The first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Spokane, Washington, says he is out of a job because of it.

  • Obama lets rip on trip out of Washington

    By Steve Holland AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - President Barack Obama may look back on this week as the time when he dropped all pretense of political decorum and let all his frustrations with Washington gridlock spill forth. Obama's public speeches on a three-day trip, like the one he delivered at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, covered many of the same talking points he delivers at Democratic fund-raising events. In fact, the slashing rhetoric he used before an adoring crowd in the Texas capital may well have surpassed the typically sober review of the status of Washington that he lays out for high-dollar Democratic donors. Obama has a long list of grievances with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, who have blocked much of his second-term agenda.

  • Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails
    Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon hit Israeli territory

    Two rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday, and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanon's news agency and security sources said, adding it was unclear who was behind the initial attack. Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim group that battled Israel seven years ago and is engaged in Syria's civil war in support of President Bashar al-Assad; Lebanon's news agency NNA said the rockets were fired towards "occupied territories" at 6.30 a.m. (0030 ET) from the Hasbaya area in Lebanon. In December, rockets launched from Lebanon struck northern Israel, provoking a response across a border that had been largely quiet since a war in 2006.

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