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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

Organs on computer chipsGreat balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.

These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.

For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip being developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It's a high-tech approach to dealing with a scourge of the low-tech world.


General Motors issues three new recalls, cites ignition systems

GM recalls 2015General Motors Co (GM.N) began the new year by announcing three new vehicle recalls on Thursday, as the ignition switch crisis continued to dog the automaker after millions of vehicles were recalled in 2014.

No crashes or injuries were reported in the latest round of recalls involving 83,572 sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. GM expects that fewer than 500 will be affected by the defect, an ignition lock actuator with an outer diameter that exceeds specifications.


American Diplomatic Convoy Stoned by Jewish Settlers on West Bank

US diplomats stoned by settlersJewish settlers threw stones at the cars of a U.S. diplomatic delegation which came to inspect vandalism to nearby Palestinian-owned trees in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israeli police said.

The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and consulate in Jerusalem had no immediate comment on the incident outside Adei Ad settlement, which caused no casualties. Such incidents are rare though Washington disapproves of Israel’s settlement policy.


Obama imposes new sanctions against North Korea in response to Sony hack

Saanctions on N KoreaThe US has imposed economic sanctions against several North Korean government agencies and senior officials in retaliation for the country’s alleged role in hacking Sony Pictures’ systems and threatening US moviegoers.

Despite some continued claims from outside the US government that the hack may have been the work of disgruntled employees instead, the White House on Friday followed through on its threat to seek revenge, blaming the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for “provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment”.


City emerges as new battleground on voting rights

Votoing rights testedWhen the movie "Urban Cowboy" made this refinery town famous in 1980, the honkytonk Gilley's was booming and wannabe cowpokes from the white Houston suburbs flocked here to drink and dance. Houston was the big city, but Pasadena was for kicks.

Today Pasadena is a mostly working-class Hispanic suburb that looks as hard-ridden in some pockets as the mechanical bull that bucked John Travolta. Gilley's burned down years ago. Now a federal lawsuit accuses the town's white councilmembers of leading a discriminatory plan to turn back the clock.


Tanisha Anderson Death Ruled Homicide; Cleveland Woman Died In Police Custody

Tanisha AndersonA woman died in Cleveland police custody nearly two months ago because she was physically restrained in a prone position, and her heart condition and bipolar disorder were also factors, a coroner said Friday.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office ruled that Tanisha Anderson's death was a homicide.

Anderson died Nov. 12 at hospital after being handcuffed, taken into police custody and then losing consciousness while having a mental-health episode. Relatives said the 37-year-old was schizophrenic, and they claimed an officer used excessive force.


Jury awards $8M after man killed by deputies

justiceThe family of a man who died after a violent confrontation with Los Angeles County deputies in Compton won an $8 million jury verdict.

Long Beach jurors on Wednesday found deputies liable for negligence and battery in the death of Darren Burley, who died nearly two weeks after his 2012 arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported ( ).

Burley, 29, was zapped with a stun gun and handcuffed by officers after he allegedly tried to choke a pregnant woman.


US executions fall to 20-year low as death penalty politics shift

death penalty in USAs 2014 draws to a close, the United States will have executed the fewest inmates since 1994 as public views surrounding capital punishment continue to shift and the act of putting prisoners to death becomes more politically and practically difficult.

There were 35 inmates executed this year, in only seven states, with three — Missouri, Texas and Florida — responsible for 80 percent of them, according to the year-end annual report of the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit group that focuses on capital punishment. Moreover, the number of death sentences handed down this year, at 72, dipped to a 40-year low.


Italy rescues second ship carrying hundreds of migrants

migrants ship rescuedA ship carrying hundreds of migrants has been abandoned by its crew in rough seas in the Mediterranean Sea off Italy's south coast, in the second such incident in three days, the Italian coast guard said on Friday.

Guardsmen managed to take control of the vessel, the Ezadeen, after landing on it by helicopter, a statement said. Facing difficult weather conditions, they are trying to take the vessel to an Italian port.


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