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Senate passes emergency relief to avert air travel budget cuts

Senate rushes through legislation to end delays and cancellations, with House expected to approve bill on Friday Congressional leaders have predicted they will have a deal in place by Friday to exempt air traffic controllers from sequester cuts that are causing thousands of plane delays across the US. On Thursday…

At least 15 trapped as India hospital roof collapses

Up to 15 people, mostly patients, were feared trapped after part of a hospital roof caved in on Friday in the central Indian city of Bhopal, officials and eyewitnesses said. Rescuers moved in heavy machinery to cut through the crashed roof of the female surgical ward of Kasturba Hospital, hospital…

Authorities say banks are too vulnerable to hacking

US authorities charged with overseeing the financial sector are worried about its vulnerability to cyberattacks, they said in a report published Thursday. “Security threats in cyberspace are not bound by national borders and can range widely from low to high security risks,” wrote the Financial Stability Oversight Council in its…

Police seek fugitive cult leader after his group burns an infant alive as the ‘Antichrist’

Ramón Gustavo Castillo Gaete, who refers to himself as “Antares from the Light,” is on the run from police after four members of his group were arrested by Chilean authorities for the ritualistic murder of an infant girl. Chilean authorities arrested the four, including the child’s mother Natalia Guerra, on…

British man admits to threatening mass shooting of Tennessee school

A British man pleaded guilty on Friday to making Facebook threats to kill 200 people at a school in the United States, which sparked a major security alert that saw thousands of pupils kept at home. Reece Elliot, a 24-year-old father-of-one from South Shields in northeastern England, posted the messages…

Prince William and Kate take ‘Harry Potter’ tour

The Duchess of Cambridge cast a spell of enchantment over the studios where the Harry Potter films were made Friday on a visit with husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry. The three young British royals carried out the official opening of the Warner Bros Studios at Leavesden, north…

U.S. Navy biofuel program goes full steam ahead with four new pilot projects

Last year certain members of Congress waged an all-out war against the Navy’s ambitious biofuel initiatives, supposedly because they were too expensive. Fast-forward another year and the Navy biofuel program is still going full steam ahead, even though those same members are still trying to stomp…  …

Scientists discover new genus and species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana

This microscope image shows a dried Tinkerbella nana, a species of fairyfly. The scale line is equal to 100 micrometers, the average width of a human hair. (John T. Huber) A pair of scientists have discovered a new species of tiny insect, a miniscule wasp that lives in the forests…

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘moved to prison’: CNN

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from a hospital to a prison medical center in Massachusetts, a US marshal’s spokesman told CNN Friday. Tsarnaev was sent to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of the Boston-area hospital where he has been convalescing since…

Skills may soon determine who gets Green Cards

For years, millions of immigrant applicants hoped they would be lucky enough to win the US green card lottery. Under reform being considered in Congress, they may soon be asking: “Am I skilled enough?” By 2017, according to a proposed revamp of laws governing admission to the United States, permanent…

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