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  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
    New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.

  • FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
    FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

  • Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease: study

    People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said Wednesday. Researchers in the United States found a "significant" association in almost 7,000 people between birth weight or duration of breastfeeding and higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation, in blood samples of young adults. The protein is produced by the liver and levels increase when a person suffers from inflammation. "Each pound of additional birth weight predicted a CRP concentration that was five percent lower," said a statement from Northwestern University, whose experts took part in the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  • New York teen gamer latest victim of 'swatting,' police say
    New York teen gamer latest victim of 'swatting,' police say

    A hoaxer who triggered a massive police response was engaged in an increasingly popular prank called "swatting," authorities there say.

  • Milky Way's Structure Mapped in Unprecedented Detail
    Milky Way's Structure Mapped in Unprecedented Detail

    Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. "We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don't know much in detail. At the most basic level, we'd like to be able to make a map that would show in detail what it looks like," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the new study. Using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system of 10 radio telescopes spanning the globe from Hawaii to New England to the Virgin Islands, and operated in Socorro, N.M., Reid’s team studied masers — naturally occurring sources of laser-like radio waves from clouds of gas near luminous stars — to map our galaxy in unprecedented detail. "Mark Reid's paper presents the most precise data we have on the dynamics and structure of the Milky Way galaxy," said Harvard theorist Avi Loeb, who did not take part in the study.

  • Young Money Talks an Old-School Game in Washington
    Young Money Talks an Old-School Game in Washington

    The heir to a billion-dollar hotel fortune, Patrick Gage, is an avowed warrior in the global fight against human trafficking. But ask him out for a beer to talk about it and he would, by the letter of the law, be compelled to turn down...

  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
    Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. The ...

  • Verizon’s Galaxy S5 plagued with huge bug that has no fix
    Verizon’s Galaxy S5 plagued with huge bug that has no fix

    Many eager Samsung fans who finally got their hands on the company’s latest and greatest after months of leaks and rumors have been greeted with an unpleasant surprise: A huge bug in Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S5 is rendering the device’s camera completely unusable, and it has no known fix. As noted by SamMobile, several users have taken to the XDA Developers forum and other websites to discuss a troubling bug that is impacting some Galaxy S5 devices. Seemingly without cause, several users are seeing the device’s camera fail with they try to launch the app. The message “Warning: Camera Failed” is displayed on the screen and unfortunately, it looks like there is no way to fix the issue. Users have

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