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A Daily Habit Of Green Tea Or Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk

Whether it’s green tea that warms you up, or coffee that gives you that morning lift, a new study finds both can help cut the risk of suffering a stroke.

Supreme Court Weighs Whether State Can Require Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote

Just weeks after hearing a challenge to the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court will take up another important case about the ability of Americans to participate in their democracy.

Maryland Poised To Become 18th State To Ban Death Penalty

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It’s been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly, as expected, gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.

Obama urges Congress to earmark $2bn for electric car research

Barack Obama will use a visit to a Chicago-area lab on Friday to call on Congress to set aside $2bn over the next decade to fund research into a next generation of electric cars.

Another Carnival Cruise liner heads back to port with ‘technical issue’

Carnival Cruise Lines says another of its ships has experienced problems and is heading back to the Port of Tampa.

US drone strikes in Pakistan ‘carried out without government’s consent’

US drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal districts are carried out without the consent of the government in Islamabad and are a violation of its sovereignty, a UN official has warned.

Appeals court revives suit over CIA drone records

(Reuters) – In a rebuke of government secrecy, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the CIA must give a fuller response to a lawsuit seeking the spy agency’s records on drone attacks.

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