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Obama's health secretary resigning after rocky rollout of health care law

WASHINGTON - A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.

Prosecutors: High-ranking Sinaloa cartel member pleads guilty, co-operates with US authorities

CHICAGO - A high-ranking member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring's leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been co-operating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced Thursday.

Officials say white-nose syndrome found across half of US, a danger to insect-gobbling bats

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday.

Jeb Bush's 'act of love' remark stirs immigration foes, exposes GOP fissures for 2016

MIAMI - With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party.

Five changes can make H5N1 bird flu virus transmit among mammals, study finds

TORONTO - As few as five mutations can give an H5N1 bird flu virus the capacity to transmit among mammals instead of birds, a study published Thursday reveals.

Prosecutor mocks, taunts Pistorius in cross-examination at athlete's murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized - then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

Woman convicted in fatal stiletto shoe stabbing says she loved boyfriend but was afraid of him

HOUSTON - A Houston woman convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with a 5 1/2-inch stiletto shoe heel testified Thursday that she loved her boyfriend and was trying to help him become a better person but began to fear him when he became aggressive during their relationship.

Stocks drop as investors dump biotech and other former favourites; Nasdaq sinks 3.1 per cent

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Nasdaq had its worst day since 2011 as investors dumped biotechnology shares and other industries that have soared over the past year.

North Carolina man who sucked woman's toes at Wal-Mart sentenced to 60 days in jail

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - A North Carolina man who sucked an unwilling woman's toes inside a Wal-Mart has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Rock hall induction honours Nirvana, Kiss, Gabriel, Hall & Oates

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.

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