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Obamacare income-verification form may delay tax refunds

Washington - Receiving a taxpayer-funded tax subsidy to purchase health insurance under Pres. Barack Obama’s law means that millions of Americans may have a tax problem this year.

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

A U.S. academic has created a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images on the photo hosting service Flickr.

Respect MP George Galloway leaves hospital after street battering

London - George Galloway has checked out of hospital after medical staff treated injuries he suffered in a street attack in west London. The maverick MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Notting Hill when he was assaulted on Friday night.

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

Brussels - EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was reaching the point of no return, after reports Russian troops were fighting in the east of the country."We are in a very serious, I would say, dramatic situation.....

Topfinds: A chat with Guillermo del Toro; Netflix rival emerges

Movie master Guillermo del Toro talks about 'The Strain' and the horror genre. Rogers and Shaw unveil Shomi, a rival to Netflix. A stunning video shows Israel's Iron Dome at work as it deflects 15 missiles. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Ebola-hit Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

Monrovia - Liberia said on Saturday it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control.

Ancient DNA shows Inuit were not the first to settle the Arctic

The first people to enter into North America's Arctic were a very shy people who didn't intermix with their neighbors. More importantly, anthropologists now say that DNA studies show that Inuit and Native Americans are genetically separate from them.

Chimps use eyes to show empathy

Amsterdam - New research suggests that Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds with each other by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.

Op-Ed: Sixteen ice bucket challenge politicians voted for ALS cuts

Washington - Several U.S. legislators who voted in favor of a bill that cut federal funding for ALS research have, somewhat bizzarely, taken the chilly plunge for charity

Ebola extends to fifth African country

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two first cases of Ebola. This means that the cases of infection have now been recorded in five African countries.

Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for Israeli conflict

The future of the Hamas-backed “Unity Government” established to unite Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah government with the terrorist organization that ousted Fatah from Gaza faces an uncertain future.

Troops 'liberate' Islamist stronghold in Somalia offensive

Mogadishu - African Union forces claimed to have liberated a former Shebab stronghold in Somalia on Saturday as part of a joint offensive with government troops aimed at capturing key ports from the Islamist fighters.

Yeast used to make morphine

Biologists have successfully introduced bacterial and poppy plant genes into yeast to manufacture morphine. The research is important because opiates are medically essential. However, current production via opium poppy leads to supply inefficiencies.

Using social media to track diseases like Ebola

A new report argues that algorithms that map social media posts and mobile phone data can help researchers track epidemics.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Ebola crisis strikes healthcare workers at unprecedented levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an "unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola.”

Animal welfare groups raise concerns over laboratory animals

A strongly worded report from an animal rights group states that many accredited laboratories violate animal welfare rules, and that the mistreatment cases are generally more often than with non-accredited facilities.

Roche invests $3.8 billion in biotech start-up

Bern - The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is set to pay $3.8 billion for InterMune, a Brisbane, California-based biotech with one key product: a treatment for a fatal lung disease.

Surgical studies are biased against using women

An analysis of papers published in several surgical journals has revealed an overwhelming reliance on male subjects and male-derived cells, and consequently less female subjects or female cell lines are used.

Dragon spotted prowling streets of French city

Nantes - A massive mechanical dragon this week took to the streets of Nantes, France's sixth largest city, located at the mouth of the river Loire in western France.
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