Barbara Piasecka Johnson, whose rags-to-riches tale — an immigrant maid marries a multimillionaire and inherits all of his money, fending off the furious claims of his children — was at the center of what one writer called “the largest, costliest, ugliest, most spectacular and most conspicuous” probate battle in American history, died on Monday near Wroclaw, Poland, where she spent much of her childhood. She was 76.
Ricky Stachowicz, the general counsel for Mrs. Johnson’s family office, said she died after a long illness, which he did not specify.
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SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned Seoul on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered “a state of war” and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that’s the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
WASHINGTON – TV ads show smiling seniors enjoying an “active” lifestyle on a motorized scooter, taking in the sights at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and high-fiving their grandchildren at a baseball game.
The commercials, which promise freedom and independence to people with limited mobility, have driven the nearly $1 billion U.S. market for power wheelchairs and scooters. But the spots by the industry’s two leading companies, The Scooter Store and Hoveround, also have drawn scrutiny from doctors and lawmakers, who say they create the false impression that scooters are a convenient means of transportation rather than a medical necessity.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Talk about streaming media: The Philadelphia Phillies’ top minor league affiliate is set to debut what it calls a “urinal gaming system” at its ballpark in Allentown.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs tapped a British company to install the system in men’s restrooms at Coca-Cola Park.
It consists of a video display mounted above each urinal. When a fan approaches, the video console will sense his presence and switch into gaming mode. The guy aims left or right to control the play on the screen.
Europeans will have to prove they are “genuinely seeking employment” to claim UK jobless benefits for more than six months, David Cameron has said.
The prime minister said it was among measures to ensure people came to the UK “for the right reasons” after the UK became a “soft touch” under Labour.
He also announced private landlords would face fines if their tenants were found to be illegal immigrants.
BRUSSELS – Authorities from Cyprus and the so-called troika of international lenders – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – reached agreement on a bailout loan for the country of up to 10 billion euros. A look at key parts of the deal:
-Cyprus had to come up with 5.8 billion euros somehow to secure the bailout.
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3D printing has become one of the most exciting and talked about technologies of 2013. The ability for the masses to make almost any object not only fuels imagination but challenges modern consumerism and its supply chain. While some enthusiasts continue to showcase the technology by producing toys, cars, and even guns in their garage, others look to 3D printing to manufacture the next generation of electronics, whether for mobile applications, medical devices, or wearable computing.
Regardless of the application, the challenge in manufacturing at the submicron scale is fabricating structures in a precise, rapid, and consistent fashion. Even though 3D printing is just getting started, the race for the fastest, most capable printer is already on.
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Men and women seeking a well-groomed bikini line are at greater risk of infections, say researchers.
Waxing and shaving causes micro trauma to the skin, leaving it vulnerable to pathogens like poxvirus, they told a British Medical Journal publication.
Neanderthals and modern humans living at that time had the same sized brains. But how their brains were organised may have been different. Neanderthals had larger areas dedicated to vision and control of the body, and this may have played a role in their extinction, scientists report today.
Neanderthals, who are among our closest extinct relatives, died out about 35,000 years ago. The reasons why are much debated, and this study points to clues in the brain.
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