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Global carbon dioxide levels on pace to hit ‘sobering milestone’ of 400ppm

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 399.72 parts per million (ppm) and is likely to pass the symbolically important 400ppm level for the first time in the next few days. Readings at the US government’s Earth Systems Research laboratory in Hawaii, are not expected to reach…

Rep. Paul Ryan: I’m ruling out thinking about 2016

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has ruled out seeking the White House in 2016 — at least for now. “I’m ruling out thinking about it right now,” he said in video uploaded to YouTube by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “I really don’t think it is in my interest…

Living in U.S. raises risk of allergies

Children born outside the United States have a lower risk of asthma, skin and food allergies, and living in the United States for a decade or more may raise the risk of some allergies, said a study Monday. The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that…

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had links to slain radical militants: Russian newspaper

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was himself killed during his capture…

Palestinian Christians urge pope to oppose Bethlehem wall

Palestinian Christians near Bethlehem on Monday urged Pope Francis to speak up against an Israeli decision to build its controversial separation barrier on a route they say would cut off their community. “We cry to your Holiness with a feeling of despair and urgency in order to keep alive our…

Kobe Bryant praises Jason Collins: Don’t suffocate who you are

NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash on Monday led a throng of players and celebrities offering support for Jason Collins, after the veteran center made the landmark revelation that he is gay. Collins, who played for Boston and Washington this past season but who is now a free agent,…

U.S. calls on North Korea to release American ‘immediately’

The United States on Monday urged North Korea to free a US citizen on “humanitarian grounds” as it sought to pin down the charges against him ahead of a planned trial by Pyongyang. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Saturday Pae Jun-Ho, known in the US as…

Europe’s Herschel telescope bows out after successful mission

Europe’s deep-space Herschel telescope has given up the ghost — running out of coolant after a successful mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency said Monday. “Herschel has made over 35,000 scientific observations, amassing more than 25,000 hours’ worth of science data from about…

Mediterranean diet found to reduce risk of dementia

A Mediterranean-style diet packed with fish, chicken and olive oil and low on fatty dairy products and meat may lower the risk of memory problems later in life, a large US study said on Monday. But the beneficial effects of eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids do not…

National Day of Prayer leader thinks marriage equality is Satan’s war against the family

The pastor chosen the lead the National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill believes that same-sex marriage is a Satanic plot to destroy the family. Pastor Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, said last year that “Satan hates the…

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