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Mythical sea creature joins campaign to ban bottom trawling

Environmentalists on Monday unveiled unprecedented footage of a legendary sea creature, the giant oarfish, as they stepped up a campaign against bottom trawling. The origin of the myth of the sea serpent — a snake deemed capable of capsizing vessels and swallowing crew — the giant oarfish reaches a length…

Researchers: Comet impact could have kickstarted life on Earth

Did life on Earth come from a comet? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Deep Impact spacecraft, which was sent to study the composition of comets in 2005, collides with comet Tempel 1 in this artist illustration. New research from the U.K. suggests that life on Earth could have started…

Stocks rebound after Larry Summers takes himself out of Federal Reserve running

US stocks mostly gained on Monday helped by news that Larry Summers, perceived as in favor of tighter monetary policy, pulled out of the race to lead the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both gained, but large drops by Nasdaq giants Apple (-3.2 percent)…

Government ‘land grabs’ shoving Ethiopians out of tribal lands

In Ethiopia, more land grabs, more indigenous people pushed out (via The Christian Science Monitor) In an August 2013 photo, people from the Mursi ethnic group are seen on the road from Hailewuha to Jinka in the South Omo Zone of Ethiopia.(William Davison) As night wore on in a remote…

Salvage operation underway for cruise ship that dwarfs the Titanic

Costa Concordia: mammoth salvage effort could break records – and the boat (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A dark line, marking a previously submerged part, gives evidence of the movement of the Costa Concordia ship, lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16,…

Iran looks to put Persian cat into space

Iran has settled on a Persian cat as the best candidate for its latest trial for a manned space mission it hopes to make by 2020, state media reported Monday. The feline would be following in the footsteps of a menagerie of dogs and monkeys who were among the early…

NSA leaker Edward Snowden touring Russia incognito

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia but is able to travel incognito and is expecting family visits, his Russian lawyer said in excerpts from a televised interview published Monday by Russian news agencies. “No one is being told his place of…

United Nations has no doubt sarin gas was used in Syria

The United Nations said Monday there is clear evidence that rockets carried sarin gas into a Damascus suburb and that there has been widescale use of chemical arms in the Syria war. UN leader Ban Ki-moon slammed the use of banned poison arms as a war crime and called on…

‘Disruptive’ 9/11 suspect expelled from Guantanamo courtroom

One of five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks was expelled from a Guantanamo courtroom Monday after trying to speak without permission. The incident involving Yemeni Ramzi Binalshibh happened shortly after the start of a new round of preliminary hearings at the US military facility in Cuba.…

Senator Elizabeth Warren says Janet Yellen a ‘terrific’ choice to succeed Ben Bernanke

Rebel Democrats on Monday threw their weight behind a growing campaign for Janet Yellen to take over the US Federal Reserve, as their successful revolt against White House pick Larry Summers emboldened those calling for tougher policy toward Wall Street. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of four banking committee members who…

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