3 win Nobel
Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering how key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in such important activities as brain cell communication and the release of insulin.
James Rothman, 62, of Yale University, Randy Schekman, 64, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Thomas Sudhof, 57, of Stanford University shared the $1.2 million prize for their research on how tiny bubbles called vesicles act as cargo carriers inside cells.
The winners’ discoveries in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s have helped doctors diagnose a severe form of epilepsy and immune deficiency diseases in children. In the future, scientists hope the research could lead to medicines against more common types of epilepsy, diabetes and other metabolism deficiencies.
9 are killed
at key center
A suicide bomber and unknown gunmen aiming to destabilize Egypt killed nine security men and hit the country’s main satellite communications center on Monday in a string of attacks, the interior minister said.
The bombing that struck a security headquarters in the southern Sinai Peninsula killed three police men. The body parts of the suicide bomber are still being analyzed to determine who was behind the attack, Mohammed Ibrahim said.
Earlier, masked gunmen pulled alongside a pickup truck full of troops on patrol near the Suez Canal and opened fire, killing six soldiers, security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
Syrian Army opens
road to Aleppo
Syrian troops wrested control of a key road linking the government-held heartland with the embattled northern city of Aleppo, reopening the crucial supply route after heavy fighting with rebels, state media and activists said Monday.
Government forces and opposition fighters have been locked in a bloody, block-by-block fight for Aleppo since rebels launched an assault on the city 15 months ago. The battle has been locked in a stalemate, with neither side willing to relent with control of Syria’s largest city at stake.
With much of the northern countryside now in opposition hands, a cat-and-mouse game has emerged over the past year as the rebels try to cut the government supply lines to the regime’s remaining troops in the north, particularly in Aleppo.
sorry for remark
A Fox News Channel anchor apologized for falsely saying that President Barack Obama had offered to pay for the operation of a museum of Muslim culture “out of his own pocket” during the government shutdown.
Anchor Anna Kooiman made the remark Saturday on “Fox & Friends” during a discussion about closed facilities. She didn’t cite a source, but a satirical news site called “National Report” had posted a story headlined: “Obama Uses Own Money to Open Muslim Museum Amid Government Shutdown.”
The fake story said that Obama had “held a press conference” to announce he would use his own money to reopen the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Miss.
On Sunday, she said on Twitter that she had made a mistake after receiving flawed research. “My apologies,” she tweeted. “Won’t happen again.”