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    January 12, 2012

    Gevork Vartanian, renowned Soviet spy, dies at 87

    His work included a role in foiling a Nazi plot to kill Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin in 1943.

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    January 12, 2012

    Homicide drops off list of top 15 causes of death in U.S.

    The 2010 list shows two trends: Deaths related to an aging population are up and murders are down.

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    January 12, 2012

    Rich vs. poor looms larger in U.S. survey

    Majorities across political lines see conflict between those at either end of the economic spectrum.

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    January 12, 2012

    Hunters spot plenty of planets

    The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it is a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they are even finding them in the strangest of places. And they have only begun to count. Three studies released Wednesday, in the journal Nature and […]

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    January 12, 2012

    Thrusters fired to direct mission to Mars

    LOS ANGELES — A NASA spacecraft has begun firing its thrusters to refine its flight path to Mars. The maneuver Wednesday was expected to last three hours and put the one-ton rover nicknamed Curiosity on course for a landing on the red planet. Curiosity is scheduled to touch down in August in a crater near […]

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    January 12, 2012

    High court protects church schools from employee bias suits

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave churches and religious schools a new shield against civil rights claims from their employees, ruling Wednesday that the principle of church-state separation bars bias suits from teachers who serve as “ministers” of the faith. In a unanimous ruling, the high court for the first time held the Constitution includes […]

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    January 12, 2012
    Adam Farooqui

    Occupy goes to Washington

    A city used to large rallies draws Occupiers as the movement elsewhere is flickering.

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    January 12, 2012

    Israel suspected in attack that killed Iranian nuclear scientist

    JERUSALEM — An Iranian scientist working at a key nuclear facility in that country was killed Wednesday in Tehran, the latest act in what appears to be a widening covert effort to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and senior official at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, died […]

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    January 12, 2012
    Christie Carr

    World/Nation Dispatches

    LIMA, Peru Man says stress he endured as suspect reason for murder After Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino, his lawyer argued that the killing was tragically triggered by fallout from the very event that originally brought his client notoriety. […]

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    January 12, 2012
    Protestors rally against Guant·namo

    Protesters mark 10th anniversary of Guantanamo prisoners

    WASHINGTON — Chants of “Guantanamo has got to go” echoed down Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday as a crowd of rain-dampened protesters marked the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first 20 detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 800 people demonstrated in what they said was solidarity with the […]