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'Key' player in smuggling ring sentenced in NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Chinese national whom authorities called a key player in a large-scale international smuggling ring was sentenced to more than three years in prison Friday.... Read more...

Implant shocks patient's spines, restores partial use of paralyzed limbs

Implant shocks patient's spines, restores partial use of paralyzed limbsRemember that spinal implant that helped a paraplegic man walk (albeit in a harness) back in 2011? It's now been tested on three more partially paralyzed patients -- and it's working. The original device was a 16-electrode array that emitted small pulses of electricity to the spine, simulating the brain's natural impulses. With intensive therapy and training patients have been able to regain limited control over their paralyzed

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Yemeni tribesmen blow up Marib oil pipeline, stop crude flows

Yemeni tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline on Saturday, forcing oil flows to be stopped, industry sources told Reuters. Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have repeatedly been sabotaged by insurgents or angry tribesmen since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. Its main export pipeline carries around 70,000-110,000 bpd of Marib light... Read more...

ESPN looks to score with cricket stateside

ESPN looks to score with cricket statesideESPN is hoping that a U.S. audience will warm up to another sport that uses a bat and a ball to score runs in innings but that isn't baseball: cricket. The No. 1 sports cable network, which is controlled by Walt Disney Co, has decided to air live cricket for the first time on one of its fully-distributed cable networks, ESPN2, which reaches a U.S. audience of 96 million homes. ESPN is experimenting to see if the sport can gain traction in

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Swedish foreign minister: Twitter ban is stupid

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister has taken to Twitter to tell Turkey its efforts to block access to the social media network were "stupid."... Read more...

Are tougher sanctions against Russia to come?

Are tougher sanctions against Russia to come?WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or deter him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt.

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