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Why broccoli may prevent cancer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have discovered a biochemical basis to explain broccoli's cancer-fighting ability.

Women given wrong breast cancer results
SYDNEY, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Two Australian women have found they have breast cancer, after a computer error had wrongly cleared them of the disease, healthcare industry officials said.

Space Station supply mission readied
PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- European Space Agency officials say the fuel and most of the cargo is loaded on a spacecraft preparing to launch to the International Space Station.

More Africa droughts as global temps rise
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The increased frequency of drought conditions in Eastern Africa for the last 20 years is likely to continue while global temperatures rise, researchers say.

'Air laser' could find bombs at a distance
PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a new "air laser" will allow soldiers to detect hidden explosives from a distance and help scientists measure airborne pollutants.

3D techonology helps study ocean waves
CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Researchers using so-called stereo vision will study waves pounding the shore to better understand a violent, ever-changing environment, U.S. scientists say.

Microsoft gets lift from sales of Kinect
Jan. 28--It's a rare quarter when Microsoft is not all about Windows.

No Apple, Macword still draws crowds
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Macworld 2011 is on in San Francisco -- minus Apple -- but an anticipated attendance jump suggests Apple's non-presence isn't bothering anyone, organizers say.

Loud traffic noise linked to stroke risk
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say exposure to traffic noise increases the risk of stroke, especially among people age 65 and older.

Observances recall Challenger disaster
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Hundreds of people gathered at a Florida memorial to place flowers in commemoration of the crew killed 25 years ago in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

Homeowner faces off city snow blower
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- In a move reminiscent of Tiananmen Square, police say a Connecticut resident was cited for disorderly conduct after confronting a city snow plow operator.

Smog may lead to Milan traffic shutdown
MILAN, Italy, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Ongoing air pollution in Milan, Italy, has lasted 16 days and will probably trigger a total ban on vehicular traffic in the city on Sunday, authorities said.

Cleanliness of girls may up asthma risk
CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Because girls are generally kept from getting dirty compared to boys, girls may have higher rates of allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers suggest.

Interim guidance for drugs to prevent HIV
ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued interim guidance in the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy.

Home Depot looking for women shoppers
NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Home Depot is targeting its female customers by sprucing up departments offering home redecorating supplies and projects, the company says.

Settlement in Florida suit affects turtles
MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Turtles nesting on Florida beaches will be protected by a settlement in a federal lawsuit, but some landowners say they are unhappy about the agreement.

Fossil casts doubt on dinosaur extinction
EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say a fossil found in New Mexico contradicts a long-held belief that dinosaurs went extinct abruptly 65.5 million to 66 million years ago.

Team drills toward hidden Antarctic lake
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russian scientists drilling into the Antarctic's Lake Vostok, 13,000 feet beneath the continent's ice sheet, say they are in a race against the weather.

Medvedev: START could be in effect soon
MOSCOW, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S.-Russian arms treaty could go into effect next month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday after approving treaty ratification documents.

Digital topped paperbacks at Amazon
SEATTLE, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Amazon said Friday it sold more digital books in the fourth quarter than traditional paperbacks.

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