Obama opens new oil drilling offshore in climate drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama unveiled plans on Wednesday for a limited expansion of U.S. offshore oil and gas drilling in an effort to win Republican support for new proposals to fight climate change.

VC fund for iPhone app developers doubles to $200 million

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is doubling the size of its fund for iPhone application developers, as it eyes new opportunities with the forthcoming launch of Apple’s iPad.

Fearful, angry Latinos might shun Census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Latinos are the biggest minority in the United States but they could jeopardize a chance to flex their newfound political muscle as millions of them dodge a nationwide census.

More secure about jobs, Americans go shopping

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Airplane mechanic Sal Rallo bought a video game this week for his sons, a purchase he would not have made a year or two years ago when he feared losing his job.

Scientists open way for new sleeping sickness drug

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists have discovered a new way of tackling the fatal parasitic disease African sleeping sickness which they say could pave the way for the development of safe, effective drugs to treat it.

Songbird genome may shed light on speech disorders

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a songbird for the first time, identifying more than 800 genes linked to song learning in a finding that may shed light on human speech disorders.

Criminal probe targets ex-GOP chief in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida has launched a criminal investigation into the state Republican party’s recently ousted chairman and a company he secretly hired to raise donations, state officials and local media said Wednesday.