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Record-breaking heatwave smothers eastern US

Residents of the Eastern and Central United States braced for another day of scorching heat Saturday as record-breaking temperatures forced Americans to seek refuge in swimming pools and air-conditioned malls. Forecasters predicted little respite at least for another day as a giant heatwave swept across half of the country. Newark,…

Depressed lion reunited with longtime partner

BRASILIA — A lion was reunited with his longtime partner Friday at a Brasilia zoo after becoming so depressed by their separation that he stopped eating, Brazilian media reported. Dengo the lion was sedated and his journey from Niteroi’s ZooNit to a facility in Brasilia began with a herculean effort…

Texas to keep creationism out of its science classes

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The Texas Board of Education voted unanimously to approve mainstream middle school curriculum materials on Friday in a move seen as a victory for proponents of teaching evolution in public schools. Conservatives had complained the materials up for approval did not adequately address…

Deadly coast-to-coast U.S. heat wave has killed more than 20

A heatwave and stifling humidity battered the central and eastern United States, leaving residents searching for the coolest oasis to fend off record temperatures that have left over 20 dead. “The dangerous heatwave continues across much of the central and eastern United States, with excessive heat and humidity expected to…

UN: Climate change threatens world security

Climate change is generating an “unholy brew” of extreme weather events that threaten global security, the UN chief said as the Security Council recognized the issue’s potential effect on world peace. But the 15-member council apparently failed to agree on whether climate change itself was a direct threat to international…

Space shuttles will soon be museum pieces

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The end of the US space shuttle program brings the start of a new chapter for the remaining orbiters, which will soon take up residence as museum pieces in Florida, Virginia, California and New York. Discovery, the oldest space shuttle of the fleet, will land at…

United Nations warns climate change threatens world security

UNITED NATIONS — Climate change could exponentially increase the scale of natural disasters while at the same time threatening world security, a senior UN official told the UN Security Council Wednesday. Though science cannot yet explain all the reasons behind global warming, “a changing climate is a reality,” and one…

NASA fends off tears with shuttle end in sight

NASA astronauts and engineers fought off tears Wednesday as Atlantis made its final approach toward Earth, bringing an end to the 30-year shuttle program and closing a chapter in human spaceflight. The shuttle was set to roll to a stop early Thursday, exactly 42 years after US astronaut Neil Armstrong…

An unprecedented 1 in 66 Americans is a diagnosed psychotic

By Robert Johnson Outselling even common drugs to treat high blood pressure and acid reflux, antipsychotic medications are the single top-selling prescription drug in the United States. Once reserved for hard-core, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest type of mental illnesses to treat hallucinations, delusions or major thought disorders; today, the…

Japan halts Fukushima cattle shipments on radiation worries

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government ordered the suspension of all shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima prefecture on Tuesday after discovering that cattle fed rice straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium had been shipped nationwide. The discovery has added to consumer worries over food safety following contamination incidents…

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