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In this April 16, 2014 image from video Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits  images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz' retna. The pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining healthy cells, causing them to relay the data to the optic nerve. The visual information then moves to the brain, where it is translated into patterns of light that can take the shape of an object’s outline, allowing the patient to regain some visual function. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)

‘Bionic eye’ implants beginning in the US

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson … 0

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says. On Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled a … 0

Another chemical attack?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. The reports were denied by Syria … 0

The ‘Russian Zuckerberg’ flees country

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MOSCOW — The founder of Russia’s leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made … 0

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday isn’t ready for human testing, but it’s part … 0

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter PR campaign backfires

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation’s largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public … 0

Medal of Honor nominee recounts attack

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White, the firefight began without warning. White’s platoon left a meeting with village elders in Afghanistan after an interpreter heard suspicious chatter on an Army radio. On the way back … 0

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re … 0

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PRAGUE — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still … 0

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San … 0

Insurgents hold US journalist captive in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.” Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since … 0

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier. NASA scientist Kelly Brunt said it is more a wonder than a worry and is not … 0

Court approves Manning name change

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. … 0