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Supreme Court backs Obama's stem cell policy

WASHINGTON

Obama's stem cell policy backed

The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to President Barack Obama's policy of expanding government-funded research using embryonic stem cells that scientists say may offer hope for new treatments for spinal injuries and Parkinson's disease. The court's action brings a quiet end to a lawsuit that briefly threatened to derail all funding for such research. A federal judge in Washington in 2010 ordered the National Institutes of Health to halt funding of the research, citing a long-standing congressional ban on spending for research in which "human embryos are destroyed." But an appeals court overturned that order and ruled last year that the ban applied only to research that destroyed human embryos so as to obtain stem cells. The high court let that ruling stand.

Iran

Oil minister concedes sanctions have hurt

Iran's oil minister acknowledged for the first time Monday that petroleum exports and sales had fallen at least 40 percent over the past year, contradicting his previous denials and providing an unusual public admission that the cumulative impact of Western economic sanctions has grown more severe.

The acknowledgment by Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi came as new restrictions from the sanctions are set to take effect in February and are threatening to further choke Iran's ability to sell oil, its most important export.

PHENIX CITY, Ala.

Youth charged with plotting school attack

An Alabama teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building small homemade explosives, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Monday.

Derek Shrout, 17, is charged with attempted assault after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives to attack fellow students at Russell County High School. The teacher who found Shrout's journal turned it over to the police.

OAKLAND, Calif.

Man in shooting at college not fit for trial

A judge ruled on Monday that a man accused of killing seven people at a small Northern California Christian college is not mentally fit for trial.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta temporarily suspended the case against One Goh after two psychiatric evaluations reached the conclusion that Goh suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the April 2 attack at Oikos University in Oakland. Authorities said Goh, a former student, was angry over a tuition dispute.

Elsewhere

Pakistan: Several missiles fired from American drones slammed into a compound near the Afghan border in Pakistan today, killing eight suspected militants, Pakistan officials said.

HOUSTON: Former President George H.W. Bush's recovery from a bronchitis-related cough and subsequent complications is "continuing" and there's still no timetable for his release from a Houston hospital, a Bush family spokesman said Monday.

Times wires

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