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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Lethal Malpractice

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Michael Jackson’s former doctor is accused with negligence in the pop star’s death and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. “The physician who injected Michael Jackson with drugs in the hours before his death is to be charged with involuntary manslaughter, with authorities accusing him of ...

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Virgin Money

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Sir Richard Branson and his company have been allowed to buy a small bank and may make a bid to buy Northern Rock. “Virgin Money has made its long-awaited bow in the retail banking market, yesterday agreeing to buy Church House Trust in a deal worth nearly £50m. The agreement gives Sir Richard ...

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Mind Readers

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Officials are going out on a limb to propose innovative solutions to airport security problems such as reading passengers' minds. “The ideas that have been offered by security experts for staying one step ahead include highly sophisticated sensors, more intensive interrogations of travelers by ...

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Togo Attacked

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“Togo's national football squad is considering whether to withdraw from the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola after their bus came under fire. The driver of the bus was killed and nine other people were wounded, including two players, in the attack, claimed by separatist fighters in Cabinda province ...

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NBC Debacle

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The network and its executives are in disarray after the questionable line of decisions that took Jay Leno to prime time. “Jeff Zucker was a fearless news producer and fast-rising entertainment executive who was just 41 when he became head of NBC Universal. But in the last few years, the onetime ...

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Cold December

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Hopes of an early economic recovery on Main Street were dashed after 85,000 jobs were reportedly lost during December. “The nation lost 85,000 jobs from the economy in December, the Labor Department reported Friday, as hopes for a vigorous recovery ran headlong into the prospect that paychecks could ...

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Not Guilty Plea

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The Nigerian accused of hiding explosives in his underwear with the intent to blow up an airplane in mid-flight on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty. “Accused ‘underwear bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab entered a Detroit courtroom under high security today and pleaded not guilty to charges that ...

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Bad Breath

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A complete set of 30,000-year-old teeth found in Portugal will answer important evolutionary questions about early modern humans. “The teeth are part of the remarkably complete remains of a child found in the Abrigo do Lagar Velho, Portugal and excavated in 1998-9 under the leadership of Professor ...

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3D TV

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“On the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas, all the big names unveiled 3D TV's. Industry experts said the picture looks promising with a survey showing around 3.4m 3D TV sets will be sold in the US this year. ‘It's a challenging market. We need something to kick us out ...

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What Color Is Your Bra?

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Female Facebook users are posting the color of their bras in order to raise breast cancer awareness. “Female Facebookers started catching on this week as a message made its rounds through the inboxes of the social media network. ‘We are playing a game for Breast Cancer Awareness,’ one form of the ...

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Defacing Neda

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Supporters of the Iranian Government have used the grave of Neda Soltan, the young woman killed during protests in June who became a symbol of opposition, as target practise. “Photographs obtained by The Times show that the black marble slab on which her face is engraved has been pockmarked by ...

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Yemen’s Defiance

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“Yemen insisted yesterday that it could handle its own mounting security challenges without any direct foreign intervention, pointedly warning Washington to learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan. While welcoming US intelligence and technological co-operation, the Deputy Prime Minister for ...

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Severe Risk

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New research has found that there is an increased presence and severity of coronary artery plaques in men infected with HIV. “A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study has found that relatively young men with longstanding HIV infection and minimal cardiac risk factors had significantly more ...

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Blackwater Shame

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Two defense contractors, working for a subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide, have been charged with shooting and killing two Afghan citizens in Kabul and wounding a third, prosecutors said on Thursday. “Justin Cannon, 27, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Norfolk ...

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World HIV Cup

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“Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster. With up to half a million football fans expected to visit South Africa for the World Cup, and up to half of South Africa's prostitutes carrying the HIV virus, there have been calls ...