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International sting operation brought down underwear bomb plot:

WASHINGTON — The successful blocking of an ambitious al-Qaida plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner was an international sting operation worthy of Hollywood, with spies tricking terrorists into showing their cards.

Lugar loss tempers Romney primary victories for GOP establishment

LOS ANGELES —  After more than 35 years in the United States Senate, Richard Lugar of Indiana was ousted Tuesday by a “tea party” challenger in a Republican primary that demonstrated the perils of compromise in an era of ideological purity and intransigence in Congress.

North Carolina adds ban on gay unions to its constitution

RALEIGH, N.C. —  North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

One in six cancers ’caused by treatable infections’

Bacteria, viruses and parasites cause around 2m cases of cancer in the world each year, experts believe.

Of the 7.5m global deaths from cancer in 2008, an estimated 1.5m may have been due to potentially preventable or treatable infections

In latest jab, Obama offers Congress a ‘to-do’ list

WASHINGTON — Taking another jab at his favorite punching bag, President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered Congress a “to-do” list for the year, drawing attention and gently mocking lawmakers in the unpopular and gridlocked Congress.

American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics

As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that champion them, a leading pain advocacy organization said it was dissolving “due to irreparable economic circumstances.”

Radical Left asked to form government in Greece, but prospects seem grim as New Democracy says no

ATHENS, Greece —  After making a stunning gain in Sunday’s national elections, Greece’s leading leftist party on Tuesday appeared to run aground in its attempt to form a coalition government, adding to the turmoil in stock markets and raising the prospect that Greek voters will be back at the polls next month.

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