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Jeb Bush to lead for-profit disaster response company

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) managed several hurricanes and natural disasters during his two terms as the state’s executive, but now he is preparing to respond to storms from the helm of a for-profit company instead of from within the governor’s mansion. Bush’s newly created firm, Old Rhodes Holding…

Astronauts leave space station after Russian crash

MOSCOW — Three astronauts began their return to Earth from the International Space Station on Friday aboard a Soviet-era capsule whose mission follows an unprecedented spate of Russian space accidents. The Moscow-based Roskosmos space agency said the Soyuz TMA-21 craft undocked from the orbiter with two Russians and a US…

Dino feathers trapped in Canadian amber: study

WASHINGTON — A small collection of amber-trapped feathers that may have belonged to dinosaurs or birds 80 million years ago have been found in a Canadian museum collection, said a study on Thursday. Ryan McKellar, a graduate student at Canada’s University of Alberta, pored over more than 4,000 specimens held…

Fewest ever New Yorkers light up: officials

NEW YORK — The number of smokers in New York has hit an all time low, city health officials said Thursday. Only 14 out of 100 adults still light up, a 35 percent decrease from 2002 figures, the Health Department said. The decrease amounts to 450,000 fewer adult smokers, with…

U.S. astronomers find planet with two Suns

WASHINGTON — US astronomers said Thursday they have discovered the first planet that is orbiting two Suns, much like the fictional home of Luke Skywalker featured in Star Wars. Skywalker’s native planet of Tatooine was hot and desert-like, but this planet, called Kepler-16b, is a freezing cold world about the…

Chevron confirms fresh oil leak in Gulf of Mexico

(Reuters) – A leak from a shallow water crude oil pipeline in the Main Pass Area of the Gulf of Mexico has led Chevron to shut down its offshore Louisiana Main Pass pipeline network, the company said on Tuesday. Chevron has also shut its Cypress line, the company said. About…

Eel slithers up man’s penis during bath

A Chinese man named Zhang Nan received a very unhappy ending during a recent trip to a spa: While sitting in a bath with live eels to cleanse his skin, an eel slithered up his urethra and all the way up into his bladder, UK newspaper Metro reported. “I climbed…

U.S. report spreads blame for BP oil spill

A key US government report spreads the blame for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, citing a bad cement job and poor management decisions by BP and its subcontractors. The finding by the agency that regulates offshore drilling could strengthen BP’s legal case for recovering some…

Do lazy mammals live longer?

PARIS — Small furry mammals partial to a daily dose of hibernation in winter are probably extending their lifespan at the same time, according to a study published Wednesday. Experiments with Djugarian hamsters native to Siberia showed that when the tiny rodents temporarily lower their metabolism and body temperatures, a…

Astronomers discover more than 50 new planets

PARIS — Astronomers on Tuesday unveiled a haul of more than 50 planets orbiting other stars, including a “super-Earth” which inhabits a zone where, providing conditions are right, water could exist in liquid form. It is the biggest single tally in the history of exoplanet hunting since the very first…

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