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CIA ACKNOWLEDGES AREA 51 — BUT NOT UFOS OR ALIENS
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- UFO buffs and believers in space aliens are celebrating the CIA's clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.
The recently declassified documents have set the tinfoil-hat contingent abuzz on the Internet, though there's no mention in the papers of UFO crashes, black-eyed extraterrestrials or staged moon landings.
"I'm thinking that they're probably testing the waters now to see how mad people get about the big lie and cover-up," said Audrey Hewins, an Oxford, Maine, woman who runs a support group for people like her who believe they have been contacted by extraterrestrials. "We're hoping the CIA is leading up to disclosure" of the existence of space aliens on Earth.
"It's not something you can look at us and lie about, because we know that they're here and have been here for a long time," she said.
The CIA history released Thursday not only refers to Area 51 by name and describes some of the activities that took place there, but places the Air Force base on a map, along the dry Groom Lake bed.
It also describes some cool planes, though none of them are saucer-shaped.
The site is known as Area 51 among UFO aficionados because that was the base's designation on old Nevada test site maps. The CIA history reveals that officials renamed it "Paradise Ranch" to try to lure skilled workers, who can still be seen over Las Vegas flying to and from the site on unmarked planes.
Small-town restaurants along State Route 375, officially designated the Extraterrestrial Highway, sell souvenir T-shirts to tourists making their way to the boundary of Area 51, which consists of a no-trespassing sign, a surveillance camera and an armed guard on a hill.
DRUG SAFELY CUTS PROSTATE CANCER RISK, STUDY FINDS
Long-term results from a major federal study ease worries about the safety of a hormone-blocking drug that can lower a man's chances of developing prostate cancer.
The drug cut prostate cancer risk by 30 percent without raising the risk of dying of an aggressive form of the disease as earlier results hinted it might.
The new work could prompt a fresh look at using the drug for cancer prevention. Experts say it could prevent tens of thousands of cases each year, saving many men from treatments with seriously unpleasant side effects.
The drug is sold as Proscar by Merck & Co. and in generic form as finasteride to treat urinary problems from enlarged prostates. It's also sold in a lower dose as Propecia to treat hair loss.
A decade ago, the drug was found to cut the risk of prostate cancer. But there was a small rise in aggressive tumors among its users. Some researchers said that by shrinking the prostate, the drug was just making these tumors easier to find in a biopsy sample - not causing them.
But the concern led the Food and Drug Administration to turn down the drug for cancer prevention and warnings were added to its label.
Now, with 18 years of follow-up from that earlier study, researchers report that men on the drug were no more likely to die than those not taking it.
3-DAY MARIJUANA FESTIVAL, RALLY AT SEATTLE PARK
SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands are packing a Seattle waterfront park for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival — an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall.
Hempfest was expected to draw as many as 85,000 people per day. On Friday, many strolled among vendor stands, checking out colorful glass pipes and bongs. Others sat on driftwood logs passing joints back and forth.
Some people wondered where the Doritos were, after hearing that Seattle police planned to hand out bags of the nacho cheese-flavored chips. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a department spokesman, said officers would be dispensing the bags Saturday, affixed with labels reminding people of some of the nuances of the state's new legal marijuana law.
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