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24 June 2010 10:17 AM | Tagged: international whaling commission
AGADIR, Morocco Kristjan Loftsson, Iceland's millionaire whaling king, doesn't really see the difference: whales are just another fish, he said at a crunch meeting of the International Whaling Commission.The IWC has gathered in Agadir, Morocco in a bid to end -- or at least suspend -- the trench war between pro- and anti-whaling nations.As things stand, Iceland, Japan and Norway use legal loo

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24 June 2010 10:17 AM | Tagged: adult stem cells
BOSTON Italian doctors reported long-term success on Wednesday with a technique of fixing burn-related eye damage using corneas grown from stem cells.They used stem cells plucked from the thin ring around the iris to make a clear cornea that allowed vision for at least 10 years.Usually the cornea repairs itself using these cells from the limbus.But in some burn patients, the limbus is destroyed

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24 June 2010 8:27 AM | Tagged: blow out preventer
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana The oil containment system in the Gulf of Mexico was reattached and is capturing oil again after it was halted following a collision involving a robotic submarine, BP said.The cap was successfully reinstalled on the Deepwater Horizon's failed blow-out preventer at 6:30 pm (2330 GMT), BP said in a statement, adding that the system resumed collecting oil and gas a half

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24 June 2010 4:37 AM | Tagged: jet propulsion laboratory
PASADENA, Calif. The strong Easter earthquake physically moved the border city of Calexico.NASA data released Wednesday revealed the magnitude-7.2 quake shifted the Calexico region up to 2 1/2 feet in a southerly direction.The quake, centered in Baja California, caused $100 million in damage to California, primarily in Calexico.It's not uncommon for massive quakes to move cities.After the magnitu

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24 June 2010 2:47 AM | Tagged: woonsocket police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. A former Rhode Island police officer has pleaded guilty to a civil rights charge in the beating of a teenage boy in his custody.John H.Douglas pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S District Court in Providence to depriving the teen of his civil rights.He faces up to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a reduced sentence.Douglas was indicted in December on char

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24 June 2010 1:47 AM | Tagged: treasury spokesman
WASHINGTON Kenneth Feinberg will step down from his role as U.S Treasury's pay car later this summer to focus on administering the BP Plc's (BP.L) $20 billion oil spill fund, a Treasury spokesman said on Wednesday.The Treasury did not provide a specific date for Feinberg's departure.He was named last week to administer the fund, which BP agreed to set up under Obama administration pressure t

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23 June 2010 10:57 PM | Tagged: gulf of mexico oil spill
ALBANY, N.Y. New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has hired outside lawyers in an effort to become the lead plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit by investors against BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.DiNapoli, as trustee of the state's $133 billion public employee pension fund, claims the British oil giant misled investors about the safety of its operations. It's my duty to protect the

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23 June 2010 8:37 PM | Tagged: science journal nature
PARIS A planet named after ancient Egypt's Lord of the Dead is a place where human beings would be simultaneously boiled, poisoned and ripped apart by superstorms, astronomers reported on Wednesday.The distant world, orbiting a bright star in the constellation of Pegasus 150 light years from Earth, is known officially as HD 209458b, but has been nicknamed Osiris, the god of the Egyptian underwo