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  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014:

  • Chinese herb beats drug at rheumatoid arthritis: study

    A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially crippling autoimmune disease, which typically strikes hand and foot joints. In a study published in the British journal BMJ Open, Chinese researchers recruited 207 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and gave them either the herb; The benchmark for improvement is called the ACR 50 -- named after the American College of Rheumatology -- which indicates a 50-percent improvement in the tally of tender or swollen joints and other criteria such as pain and disability.

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life
    Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

  • Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war as Kiev sends army in
    Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war as Kiev sends army in

    Izyum (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. "The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Prosecutor ends gruelling Pistorius cross-examination
    Prosecutor ends gruelling Pistorius cross-examination

    Oscar Pistorius stepped down from the witness box on Tuesday after five gruelling days of cross-examination that raised serious doubts about his account of killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The relieved and tearful 27-year-old Paralympic gold medallist hugged younger sister Aimee from the stand after tenacious lead prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court he had "nothing further for this witness". For nearly a week Nel had spent hour after antagonising hour dragging Pistorius over the coals, accusing him of lying, tailoring evidence and even crying to avoid tough questions. Nel began his interrogation in shocking fashion, forcing the weeping and disconsolate athlete to look at gruesome images of 29-year-old Steenkamp's blood-mottled head, which, the prosecutor claimed, "exploded like a watermelon".

  • Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space
    Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space

    Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon can provide a bird's-eye view of the iconic landmark. But that's nothing compared to what astronauts see as they zip over northern Arizona in the International Space Station. In a new image taken from orbit, the Grand Canyon is visible slicing through the Kaibab Plateau, which is part of the expansive Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The popular South Rim, which hosts about 90 percent of the Grand Canyon's 5 million visitors a year, averages about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) in elevation, according to the National Park Service.

  • CELLPHONE SNOOP DISCOVERS HER BOYFRIEND IS CHEATING

    DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype -- Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him. Last February when I visited him, I snooped in his phone -- spare me the condemnation. I found an email he had written to an old girlfriend in which he suggested they plan their "next" rendezvous. I plan on dumping him, but I don't know how to go about it. I've always been bad at dumping people. ...

  • Two in three Americans do not plan to follow soccer's World Cup

    By Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. men's soccer team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the soccer World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. It's been 20 years since the United States hosted the World Cup, an attempt at the time to bring soccer to a mass American audience. Two years later, a new professional league - Major League Soccer (MLS) - began. The arrival of international stars such as David Beckham and Thierry Henry to play for MLS teams in recent years has boosted the sport's popularity.

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