Nations stress diplomacy with Iran

Nations stress diplomacy with Iran


Three days of protracted negotiations under the specter of war highlighted the diplomatic difficulties ahead for nations intent on ensuring that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

In a statement Thursday that was less than dramatic, six world powers avoided any bitter criticism of Iran and said diplomacy — not war — is the best way forward.

Report: Do more to stop teen smoking


More work needs to be done to keep young Americans from using tobacco, including creating smoking bans and raising taxes on tobacco products, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office said in a report released Thursday.

Almost 1 in 5 high school-aged teens smokes, down from earlier decades, but the rate of decline has slowed, the report said.

More than 80 percent of smokers begin by age 18, and 99 percent of adult smokers in the U.S. start by age 26, according to the 920-page report, which is the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use from the surgeon general’s office in nearly two decades.

Gentler Marines?


They’ve long been known as devil dogs, leathernecks and “the first to fight.” But U.S. Marines, with their self-described expertise in “killing people and breaking things,” now want to promote their kinder side as well.

A new Marine Corps advertising campaign starting this weekend takes its cue from research showing today’s recruit-age generation is interested in helping people. So the campaign is crafted to show Marines not only as warriors but as humanitarians and peacekeepers.

Ex-detective guilty of 1986 murder


A quarter-century after a woman’s murder, jurors took little more than a day to decide Thursday the killer was a former Los Angeles police detective who finally was unmasked by her DNA and history of obsessive love for her victim’s husband.

Stephanie Lazarus was impassive as she heard the first-degree murder verdict. Her long-ago lover, John Ruetten, watched grimly in the courtroom with the family of his slain wife.

Lazarus, 51, was linked to the case by a cold-case team examining DNA swabs taken from a bite mark on the arm of victim Sherri Rasmussen, who was killed in 1986.

Critics: Video distorts fight on war criminal


If you haven’t seen the viral “Kony 2012” video yet, you soon could be in the minority.

The half-hour film urging sustained U.S. military support against an elusive Ugandan war criminal was posted to YouTube on Monday, and by Thursday it had captured more than 36 million views.

The nonprofit group behind the campaign, Invisible Children, is hoping to raise awareness of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army who is charged with war crimes.

But the film has irked many intimate with the conflict. They charge it oversimplifies a complex war, and they take issue with the group’s 1-2-3 solutions.

Cancer drug eyed in fight against HIV


Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have discovered what could be a vital step toward a cure for HIV.

By giving patients a drug normally used for treating some kinds of lymphoma, they have managed to make dormant, hidden HIV viruses reveal their presence.

That’s crucial if scientists want to find a way to target the viruses and completely eliminate them from the body, said Dr. David Margolis, a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology and epidemiology who lead the study.

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