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Asteroid mining firm hits $1 million crowd-funding goal

By Irene Klotz (Reuters) – A start-up asteroid mining firm that launched a crowd-funding campaign to gauge interest in a planned space telescope reached its $1 million goal, company officials said on Thursday. Bellevue, Washington-based Planetary Resources intends to build and operate telescopes to hunt for asteroids orbiting near Earth…

Maine’s Republican governor criticized for ‘vulgar’ buttsex joke

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, touched off a round of criticism on Thursday when he made a vulgar remark about a Democratic state senator. LePage said during a television interview that Senator Troy Jackson, with whom he has sparred recently over budget issues,…

Atheist immigrant to be awarded citizenship following public outcry

A woman who was nearly denied U.S. citizenship over her lack of church membership will soon be naturalized thanks to a public outcry, according to Divided Under God, which first reported the story. The immigration office in Houston had informed Margaret Doughty, 64, that she would need to provide proof…

A woman’s face drives relationship length: study

Men looking for a quick fling prefer women with more “feminine” facial features, said a study Friday that delved into the evolutionary determinants of the mating game. Feminine features like a smaller jawbone or fuller cheeks are closely linked to a woman’s perceived attractiveness, which in turn is taken as…

Mainstream media accused of belittling Brazilian protests

Brazilians marching against corruption and the cost of the 2014 World Cup are also angry at the media, including the influential Globo network, accused of belittling their movement. In Sao Paulo, the country’s business and media capital, Globo TV crews have been jeered while covering protest rallies and on Tuesday…

Astronomically high air pollution plagues city-dwellers in Asia

Air pollution has become a curse for millions of city-dwellers in Asia, posing a mounting risk to the very young and very old, pregnant women and people with heart and respiratory problems, say experts. “The levels of pollution in parts of China, India and elsewhere in Asia are just astronomically…

Four in ten U.S. adults care for sick and elderly relatives

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the population ages, a new study has found. “More health care is happening at home,” said Susannah Fox, associate director of the…

Archaeologists discover lost Maya city in Mexican jungle

By Luc Cohen MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago. The team, led…

Boehner asks Obama to push Democrats to act before student loan rates double

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to push Democrats in Congress to back a move to switch student loan interest rates to a market-based system before they double on July 1. In just 10 days, rates on federally…

Obama to appoint Republican Jim Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the U.S. battle against terrorism, a White House official said on Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would…

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