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Mystery kidney disease in Central America

A mysterious epidemic is sweeping Central America – it’s the second biggest cause of death among men in El Salvador, and in Nicaragua it’s a bigger killer of men than HIV and diabetes combined. It’s unexplained but the latest theory is that the victims are literally working themselves to death.

LHC: Higgs boson ‘may have been glimpsed’

The most coveted prize in particle physics – the Higgs boson – may have been glimpsed, say researchers reporting at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.

Occupy protests disrupt ports across US West Coast

Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters have blocked gates and delayed lorries at three ports on the US West Coast.

The partial shutdown of harbours in California, Oregon and Washington states resulted in a handful of arrests, but no major clashes.

S.C. braces for deep federal spending cuts

WASHINGTON — They may be more than a year away, but looming federal spending cuts, forced by the special deficit-reduction panel’s failure to reach a deal, have folks across South Carolina concerned.

They are worried at Savannah River Site, which could see a $110 million cut in money for toxic-waste cleanup — a cut that would likely mean fewer jobs at the Aiken County complex.

How damaging is our bonus culture?

Bonuses were supposed to reward exceptional performance, but as the culture has spread from the City through big business to the public sector, how much damage do they cause?

Canada first nation to pull out of Kyoto protocol

(Reuters) – Canada on Monday became the first country to announce it would withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the already troubled global treaty.

Gingrich’s Tax Plan Would Give Millionaires A $600,000 Tax Cut

The latest 2012 GOP presidential frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, has, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) before him, released a plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code by giving taxpayers the option of paying a single, flat, income tax rate, as opposed to using today’s progressive tax code. In fact, Gingrich goes a bit further than Perry, setting his flat rate at 15 percent, as opposed to Perry’s 20 percent.

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