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Justice Dept. still negotiating merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines

The US Department of Justice said Monday it is still in talks with US Airways and American Airlines to settle competition concerns in their proposed merger. Attorney General Eric Holder said the department remains deeply concerned about the impact of the merger, and was still ready to go to court…

Good news on global warming? Emissions going up, but more slowly

Good news on global warming? Emissions going up, but more slowly. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in this file photo. Germany has embraced green power, but as it abandons nuclear power, its use of coal for power went…

One in five Sun-like stars may have Earth-like planets around it

As many as one in five Sun-like stars may have a planet the size of Earth, and the nearest could be in systems visible to the naked eye, US astronomers said Monday. The research is based on a new analysis of findings from NASA’s Kepler space observatory, and appears in…

Underground ‘carbon capture’ linked to series of Texas quakes

A method of storing harmful greenhouse gases by injecting them below ground has likely triggered a series of earthquakes in Texas, some larger than magnitude 3, a US study said Monday. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences mark the first time that carbon storage has…

India’s first mission to Mars prepares for blastoff

India’s launches its first mission to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to become the only Asian nation to reach the Red Planet with a programme designed to showcase its low-cost space technology. A rocket carrying a 1.35-tonne unmanned probe will blast off at 02:38pm (0908 GMT) from the Sriharikota spaceport off…

NFL coach’s heart surgery sheds spotlight on stressful job

Stress upon National Football League coaches became the major topic in American sports after two of them collapsed last weekend, one undergoing heart surgery on Monday and the other still in hospital. Denver Broncos coach John Fox underwent aortic valve surgery after collapsing on Saturday on a golf course as…

Iranian political prisoners go on hunger strike over medical care

Several Iranian political prisoners have gone on hunger strike in protest at being denied proper medical care in jail, international rights groups said in a statement Monday. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DRRC) and League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran…

Faroe Islands launch fish fight with European Union over sanctions

The Faroe Islands Monday fired the first shot in what looks set to be an all-out trade battle at the World Trade Organization over EU trade sanctions on its fish. The WTO said that the northern Atlantic territory, located between Norway and Iceland, had made a formal request for consultations…

Swiss firm accused of laundering scheme involving pillaged gold

Activists claimed on Monday that a Swiss company laundered gold ore pillaged by an illegal armed group from conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Argor-Heraeus is believed to have refined almost three tons of gold ore pillaged from the country between 2004 and 2005, according to Track Impunity Always, or TRIAL,…

New Marilyn Monroe recording to be used for perfume ad

The voice of Marilyn Monroe will feature in a new television ad for Chanel No. 5 after previously unheard audio was unearthed of the screen siren confirming she wore only the iconic perfume to bed. The recording, from an interview given to Marie Claire journalist Georges Belmont in 1960, was…

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