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U.S. carp hunters spike flying fish with bows and arrows

Shooting a fish flying through the air with a bow and arrow isn’t as hard as you would think. At least, not when it’s a 20-pound Asian carp — and there are so many the one you got wasn’t necessarily the one you targeted. “That’s what I like to see!”…

Funding crisis at world’s largest refugee camp

Aid agencies warned Thursday that a critical shortage of funds is threatening lives in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp complex, the world’s largest, risking worsening an already volatile security situation. “Tens of thousands of lives (are) at risk with money for vital services set to run out in two to three…

Comic-Con fans flock to ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Twilight’ previews

Fans descend on San Diego Thursday for the annual Comic-Con festival of pop culture, with highlights including the long-awaited “Hobbit” and last “Twilight” films, in a four-day geekfest. Some 130,000 devotees of comic books, movies and TV shows — many dressed up in the costumes of their idols — will…

New Yorkers marvel at ‘Manhattanhenge’ sunset

New Yorkers gathered at dusk to witness “Manhattanhenge” — a rare alignment of the sun with the east-west street grid in which it appears to set between skyscrapers. Dozens of people gathered shortly before 8:30 pm Wednesday (0030 GMT Thursday) at the corner of 14th and Sixth Avenue, taking pictures…

Klimt up close and personal on his 150th birthday

On his 150th birthday, Vienna’s museums offer an intimate look at Gustav Klimt, digging beneath the layers of paint and scratching away at the artist… but not without a good dose of kitsch. Over the past century, Klimt has gained worldwide recognition even beyond the art world, something Vienna has…

U.S. home foreclosure filings rise

US home foreclosure filings rose in the second quarter for the first time in two years, according to a report released Thursday. During the April-June period, 311,010 properties started the foreclosure process, a 9 percent increase from the previous quarter, said RealtyTrac, a publisher of foreclosure data. The foreclosure starts…

Breast-fed children have increased risk of nut allergies: study

SYDNEY — Children who are solely breast-fed in the first six months of life are at increased risk of developing a nut allergy, new research showed. A study by The Australian National University, published in the International Journal of Pediatrics on Thursday, investigated the link in primary school children in…

The brief life of a Zeta foot-soldier

VERACRUZ, Mexico — Francisco had gone from one dead-end job to another, desperate for cash to buy medicine for his ailing mother. Finally he caved in and accepted an offer to join the Zetas, Mexico’s vicious paramilitary drug gang. The pay: $1,800 a month, a fortune in the eastern Mexican…

Astronomers spot first evidence of dark galaxies

SANTIAGO — Astronomers in Chile using a powerful telescope have observed what appears to be evidence of the existence of dark galaxies, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced Wednesday. Dark galaxies are small, gas-rich galaxies from the early universe that are believed to be the building blocks of today’s bright,…

In U.S., painkiller abusers turning to heroin: research

WASHINGTON — Ever since the popular painkiller pill OxyContin became harder to crush into powder two years ago, many US drug abusers have turned to heroin instead, researchers said Wednesday. The formula change did not appear to stop people from snorting or shooting up, but rather caused them to switch…

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