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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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UN Staff Killed

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“Gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a guest house used by UN staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six UN staff — officials said. The US Embassy said one of the UN dead was American. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the early morning ...

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Anti-Healthcare Ads

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“Looking to build pressure on moderate Democrats, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will begin airing new TV ads in seven states and on national cable television attacking the emerging legislation, including a government-run insurance option. The chamber, the country's largest business ...

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Trojan Horse

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A new form of troublesome computer virus the Bredolab Trojan horse has been hitching a ride on the back of Facebook’s password reset email confirmation, according to CNET news. “Some users are receiving the e-mail from ‘The Facebook Team,’ according to the security firm. The sender's e-mail address ...

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Angry Acronyms

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Californian governor and Hollywood hard-man Arnold Schwarzenegger has been accused of sending a hidden “f*** you” to a Democratic assemblyman who heckled him during a recent interview in San Francisco. In a personal note giving reasons as to why he has refused to sign a bill proposed by the heckler ...

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Karzai CIA Link?

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The New York Times has reported that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency. It says that Karzai, who is a suspected player in country’s opium trade, has received regular payments from the CIA over the last eight ...

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“Aura” Migraine Risk

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Young women who have migraines with auras you are twice as likely to have a stroke new research has found, reports the BBC. “Auras are sensory or visual disturbances that occur before or during a migraine headache. Based on available evidence, the risk is greater if the woman is under 45, smokes ...

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Lexicography

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Jack Lynch’s new book “The Lexicographer’s Dilemma” would like all the “grammar cops” out there to take a chill pill, according to The Salon’s Laura Miller. She says: “Lynch would like us all to calm down, please, and recognize that ‘proper’ English is a recent and changeable institution…According ...

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Prince’s Gaffe

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“Prince Philip has never been shy about giving his opinions on a large range of subjects - often with cringe-worthy results. But the gaffe-prone Prince has put his foot in it again by joking about the name Patel,” writes the Daily Mail. “It happened at a 400-strong Buckingham Palace reception for ...

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Veal Issues

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“Eating veal -- or not eating it, to be more accurate -- is one thing many carnivores and vegetarians can agree on. For most, the methods used to produce tender, milky-colored meat aren't a worthwhile trade-off. But what if eating veal were no less ethical than eating pork, chicken or lamb? What if ...

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Bankers' Art Troves

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“Many of the world’s biggest banks — and biggest recipients of government bailouts — have some of the largest collections of art. Some of the works, including abstract pieces and old masters, are hanging in hallways or boardrooms. But much of it is packed away in storage. The art owned by financial ...

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Clone Doctor’s Fibs

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A scientist from South Korea who created the world’s first cloned dog (named Snuppy) was convicted yesterday of embezzlement and harvesting human eggs from female subordinates, according to The Times. A two year suspended sentence was awarded to Hwang Woo Suk, who was formerly disgraced for ...

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Castro’s CIA Sister

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In a book published yesterday Juanita Castro, the sister of Cuba’s communist leader Fidel Castro, admitted to working as an agent for the CIA against her brother for the three years following America’s botched 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. “The 432-page memoir, entitled ‘My Brothers Fidel and Raul: The ...

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Obama’s Healthy Public

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"The President congratulates Senator Reid and Chairmen Baucus and Dodd for their hard work on health insurance reform. Thanks to their efforts, we're closer than we've ever been to solving this decades-old problem. And while much work remains, the President is pleased that at the progress that ...

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H1N1 Scramble

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The Washington Post reports that despite attempts by officials yesterday to explain why so much less H1N1 flu vaccine is available than had been promised, “public anxiety has surged as the swine flu sweeps across the country”, especially as doctors and clinics are being forced to turn people away ...

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Volcanic Ice Age

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“Researchers here have discovered the pivotal role that volcanoes played in a deadly ice age 450 million years ago,” reports Science Daily. “Perhaps ironically, these volcanoes first caused global warming -- by releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When they stopped ...