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Attack on U.S. consulate in Afghanistan kills one

Members of the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing near the U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, that killed one person, the Associated Press reported Thursday night. The attackers also reportedly got into a firefight with security forces near the building. The city is in Afghanistan’s western region, where…

Funeral held for Connecticut slave 215 years after his death

The remains of a man known as “Mr. Fortune” lay in state at the Connecticut state rotunda on Thursday, more than 200 years after his death, the Associated Press reported. According to the Mattatuck Museum, Fortune was owned by a bone surgeon, Dr. Preserved Porter. Following Fortune’s death in 1798,…

Boston University study finds link between gun ownership and homicide

Researchers in the United States claim to have established a convincing statistical link between gun ownership and homicide, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, challenges the National Rifle Association’s claim that increased gun ownership does not lead to higher levels…

‘Ig Nobel Awards’ highlight the best in weird science

The tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed to dozens of scientists, including those who confirmed drunk people think they are more attractive and studied the onion enzyme that makes us cry. The Nobel prize spoof honors achievements “that first make people laugh and then make them think,” according to a…

American adventurer embarks on balloon journey across Atlantic

In a scene reminiscent of the Pixar movie “Up,” an American adventurer set off Thursday in a daring bid to drift across the Atlantic in a wildly colorful cluster balloon. By sunset local time (2300 GMT), Jonathan Trappe was approaching Corner Brook, on the west coast of the Canadian province…

Genetic modification blamed for rejected Washington alfalfa crop

Farmer in Washington state reports his alfalfa shipment was rejected after testing positive for genetic modification Authorities were investigating a new suspected case of crop contamination on Thursday – the second in the Pacific northwest in five months – after samples of hay tested positive for genetically modified traits. The…

Frog accidentally caught in NASA mission launch

NASA launches rocket, frog (via The Christian Science Monitor) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch last week, according to NASA. It was last seen in this photograph.(NASA) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch…   Watch video…

Christie declares state of emergency as fire tears through Jersey Shore boardwalk

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declared a state of emergency on Thursday while fire crews work to contain a blaze that has ravaged a section of the boardwalk along the New Jersey Shore. WCBS-TV reported that 400 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fire, which spread from underneath…

U.N. asks for more help for millions still starving in Yemen

The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry. A Sanaa news conference by UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin heard that…

Lance Armstrong turns gold medal in to Olympic officials

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has handed over his 2000 Olympic bronze medal to US Olympic officials, nine months after the International Olympic Committee demanded it back, he said on Thursday. “The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap to @Olympics,” Armstrong said on…

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