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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at 1 p.m.: La Jolla Pharm rose 20.1 percent to $10.75. InterCloud Systems rose 16.1 percent to $6.50. ClearSign Combustion Corp. rose 10.6 percent ...

  • Apple iPhone a danger to China national security: state media
    Apple iPhone a danger to China national security: state media

    Chinese state media on Friday branded Apple Inc's iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. Apple was not available for immediate comment. Apple has frequently come under fire from Chinese state media, which accused the company of providing user data to U.S. intelligence agencies and have called for 'severe punishment'.

  • Obama cuts line at famed Texas barbecue joint (but pays for lunch)
    Obama cuts line at famed Texas barbecue joint (but pays for lunch)

    President Obama made an unannounced stop at Austin's Franklin Barbecue and picked up a $300 tab for some hungry customers.

  • Lebanese rockets hit Israel in offensive's 4th day
    Lebanese rockets hit Israel in offensive's 4th day

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day offensive.

  • WHO warns HIV 'exploding' among gay men, urges preventive drugs
    WHO warns HIV 'exploding' among gay men, urges preventive drugs

    HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. "We are seeing exploding epidemics," warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO's HIV department. While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested. Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.

  • 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.

  • India building world's highest railway bridge
    India building world's highest railway bridge

    Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world's highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016. The arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the Chenab River to link sections of the spectacular mountainous region of India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state. The bridge is expected to be 359 metres (1,177 feet) high when completed -- surpassing the world's current tallest railway bridge over the Beipanjiang River in China's Guizhou province, which stands at 275 metres high. We hope to get this bridge ready by December 2016," a senior Indian Railways official told AFP.

  • Brazilian women celebrate WCup bonanza of men
    Brazilian women celebrate WCup bonanza of men

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Renata de Mouro Moitinho sambas so fast her feet blur, but her partner moves with the bumbling tentativeness of a toddler taking his first steps.

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