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Multiple cups of coffee a day linked to lower risk of death

Multiple cups of coffee good for youFor years, studies have cautiously shown that moderate amounts of coffee can be beneficial for brain and liver health, as well as reduce the risk for several types of cancer.

Researchers have now linked three to five cups of coffee per day to an overall lower risk of death, according to a new review of data on more than 200,000 health professionals.


Russian plane crash 'was terrorist act;' bomb residue found

Bomb residue found on planeEgyptian authorities were questioning two Sharm el-Sheikh airport employees Tuesday in connection to the downing of a Russian passenger jet, hours after officials definitively confirmed a terrorist bomb brought down the aircraft.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, said the aircraft was equipped with a handmade explosive with the equivalent of 2.2 pounds, of TNT. Explosive residue was found on the victims' personal items and pieces of the aircraft.


Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute

Japan sues Okinawa over US baseThe Japanese government took the local government in Okinawa to court Tuesday, launching a legal battle in their longstanding dispute over the planned relocation of a U.S. military air base on the southern island.

A lawsuit filed in a regional high court in Okinawa seeks an injunction to overturn Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga's recent decision to cancel a previously issued approval for land reclamation work for the base relocation.


Israel outlaws Islamic group accused of inciting violence

Israel outlaws Islamic groupIsrael on Tuesday outlawed an Islamist group accused of inciting violence among Arab citizens amid a two-month wave of unrest, and in a separate development approved the construction of hundreds of homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem.

The decision to ban the group threatened to worsen already strained relations with the country's Arab minority and was condemned by Arab leaders. The granting of final approval for the construction of more than 400 homes in east Jerusalem was likely to anger the Palestinians.


State Department approves air-to-ground weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

US sells weapons to SaudisThe U.S. State Department approved Monday the sale of over 10,000 air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia.

The sale awaits approval from Congress, and has an estimated value of up to $1.29 billion. The deal comes a week after allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council raised concerns over low supplies as the Saudi military continues its airstrike campaigns against Islamist militant targets in both Syria and Yemen, according to Defense News.


U.S. Police-related deaths pass 1,000, terror fatalities remain below 10

Police deaths pass 1000In the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks in France, the United States of America on Sunday reached a deadly milestone in a different crisis. With a little over a month to go in 2015, a thousand people have already died in police-related incidents so far this year, according to a tally run by Britain's The Guardian newspaper.

U.S. citizens killed by police this year are being tallied and represented in an interactive web exhibit created by the news outlet, called "The Counted."


Researchers find method to force stem cells to become bone cells

stem cells become bone cellsResearchers at the University of North Carolina stumbled upon a method of forcing stem cells to become bone cells, finding a way to help replace bone in people who heal slowly.

Cautioning that turning stem cells into bone cells is not a solution for osteoporosis, the researchers said stem cells could help help bone fractures or hip replacement, especially for older people.


Giant for-profit college chain settles with feds for $95 million

Education ManagementOne of the nation's largest chains of for-profit trade schools and colleges has reached a $95.5 million settlement with the Obama administration over allegations it had run a “high-pressure boiler room” telemarketing scheme to push students into enrolling.

In the settlement announced Monday, Education Management Corp. is not admitting wrongdoing, but the agreement resolves allegations that the company used illegal enrollment incentives to pay its recruiters and exaggerated to prospective students its career-placement ability. The federal complaint is available here.


FBI: Weapons missing from Worcester Army Reserve building

Weapons stolen from military arsenalMore than a dozen military weapons are missing after an overnight break-in at a Massachusetts army reserve center, officials said.

The Worcester armory's missing weapons include six M4 assault rifles, 10 pistols, and several long guns, a law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

FBI agents were looking into the gun heist, said Hank Shaw, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston division. Shaw said the break-in is not being considered as a terrorist threat.


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