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Scientists create breakthrough recipe to grow insulin-secreting cells by the billions

insulin producing cellsScientists announced a breakthrough that could one day free millions of diabetes sufferers from a lifetime of insulin injections.

The discovery described in the journal Cell on Thursday and led by stem cell researcher Douglas Melton is a method of growing billions of precious insulin-secreting cells en masse using human stem cells. Patients could receive a single transplant with the newly generated cells, which would have the ability to read out the amount of sugar in the blood and squirt out just the right amount of the hormone insulin.

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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

Gary webbWith the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post.

More than 18 years have passed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with his “Dark Alliance” newspaper series investigating the connections between the CIA, a crack cocaine explosion in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, and the Nicaraguan Contra fighters -- scandalous implications that outraged LA’s black community, severely damaged the intelligence agency's reputation and launched a number of federal investigations.

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Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald

New leaker: GreenwaldThe investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night.

Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald is seen telling Snowden about a second source.

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Banks accept derivatives rule change to end 'too big to fail' scenario

London financial districtThe $700 trillion financial derivatives industry has agreed to a fundamental rule change from January to help regulators to wind down failed banks without destabilising markets.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and 18 major banks that dominate the market will now allow financial watchdogs to apply temporary stays to prevent a rush to close derivatives contracts if a bank runs into trouble, the ISDA said on Saturday.

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Pitching tents, Hong Kong democracy protesters dig in for long haul

Hong KongHundreds of student activists camped overnight at major protest sites in Hong Kong as the democracy movement sought to re-gather momentum after the government called off talks on defusing unrest in the global financial hub.

Protests escalated late last month, after Beijing's decision on Aug. 31 to impose conditions that effectively would have stopped pro-democracy candidates from contesting an election of the city's chief executive set for 2017.

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As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to US

Drug money comes to USFor a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, Baja Distributors Inc.'s offices were oddly quiet. There were no signs outside. Its small warehouse was almost empty. Phones went unanswered.

Investigators say there was a reason for the anonymity: The business was laundering money from Mexican drug traffickers. Baja Distributors, whose executives denied laundering drug money, brought more than $17 million from Mexico in 18 months.

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Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts

baghdad bombingsAt least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq.

Islamic State (IS) fighters, who took control of large sections of Iraq this year, regularly target Shi'ite districts in Baghdad and are penetrating surrounding farmland where Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias try to push them back.

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7 charged in high school football hazing case

Sayerville hazingSeven students were charged with sex crimes in connection with a series of assaults amid an investigation into hazing by a high school football team, which already led to the cancellation of the rest of the season, authorities said.

Six of the seven students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were arrested Friday night, and the seventh was being sought, police and prosecutors said.

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Same-sex marriages begin in North Carolina

North Carolina same sex marriageAll Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara had to say Friday night was, "it's official," and the screams were deafening.

Gathered in the darkened office of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds more than 20 minutes after closing time, Register Drew Reisinger announced to about 40 people that an order had been filed to allow same-sex marriages in North Carolina.

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