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Artist uses robots to create same picture in three different countries

An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany. Alex Kiessling worked in Vienna while a pair of orange industrial robots in London’s Trafalgar Square and Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz drew exactly the…

Wendy Davis to stand as Democratic candidate for governor of Texas

State senator whose 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion legislation made her a celebrity will stand in 2014 Wendy Davis is set to run for Texas governor, in a race that could have wide-ranging consequences for Democrats at both national and state level. The state senator from Fort Worth became an…

Researchers: Sonar mapping for oil near Madagascar killed 100 whales

A noisy technology that blasts sounds below water to map the ocean for oil is being blamed for 100 melon headed whale deaths off Madagascar, experts said Thursday. An independent panel of scientists found that sonar surveying by ExxonMobil in late May 2008 led to the sudden displacement of the…

Post-it notes sticking around in new digital format

Post-it notes, those sticky papers used by pen-and-ink people for reminders and bookmarks, are getting new life for the digital world. The maker of Post-it, 3M Corp, and the software firm Evernote announced plans Thursday for a partnership “to give new digital life to Post-it products using Evernote?s technology,” a…

Iran’s president promises ‘good faith’ in nuclear talks with U.S.

President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran was committed to negotiate on its nuclear program in “good faith” after the highest-level talks yet held with world powers. “We are fully prepared to seriously engage in the process toward a negotiated and mutually agreeable settlement and do so in good faith…

Wildlife activists: Nairobi mall attackers make their money poaching

Somalia’s Shebab militia, which carried out a bloody attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, is in part funded by the poaching trade, wildlife activists said Thursday. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve been investigating the involvement of the Shebab in trafficking ivory through Kenya,” Andrea Crosta, executive director of the Elephant…

More evacuations in Acapulco after new round of flooding

Authorities in Acapulco closed schools and evacuated dozens of residents Thursday after heavy rains sparked new floods in the Mexican Pacific resort still reeling from deadly tropical storms. Flooding was reported in at least 22 city districts and the main boulevard to the airport was closed after a lagoon overflowed,…

New investment venture targets $1.5 billion Bitcoin market

Bitcoin Thursday got a lift with the arrival of a new investment vehicle that lets wealthy and professional investors bet on the virtual currency. SecondMarket, a New York-based investment platform that specializes in alternative ventures, Thursday began accepting investors in its Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private investment vehicle that will…

Government audit shows mismanagement of Brazilian Olympics funds

An audit into the finances of the 2016 Rio Olympics shows preparations are behind schedule with earmarked state cash largely unspent, Brazilian press reported Thursday. The Brazilian sports ministry has set aside a budget of 1.6 billion reais ($712 million) towards the staging of South America’s first Olympics and the…

Major League Baseball boss Bud Selig will step down in January 2015

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will resign in Janaury of 2015, according to several US media reports Thursday, ending a reign of more than 20 years that began in 1992. ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports all said Selig would announce later Thursday that he will step down in…

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