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Sauropod dinosaurs replaced their teeth monthly: research

A team of paleontologists found that gigantic “long-neck” herbivores packed up to nine reserve teeth in each tooth socket, regularly replacing their dulling teeth with fresh ones. ;  …

Nez Perce tribe activists block Idaho highway over tar sands ‘megaload’

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Police arrested 19 members of the Nez Perce Tribe on Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct for refusing to break a human chain blocking a highway in Idaho in protest against a 322-ton load of equipment bound for the tar sands of Alberta,…

Fukushima plant operator cannot confirm volume of contaminated water leaking into ocean

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Wednesday that it cannot confirm the exact volume of contaminated groundwater that is leaking into the ocean. The Japanese government believes radiation-contaminated water has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean at a rate…

Obama: ‘We don’t have a domestic spying program’

By Jeff Mason BURBANK, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday that he would go to Russia this fall for a G20 summit but said he was “disappointed” that Russia granted temporary asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. Speaking on NBC’s “The Tonight Show”…

New book claims Marilyn Monroe hoped to marry John F. Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe, who notoriously had an affair with John F. Kennedy, apparently believed she was going to marry the president, even phoning the White House to tell his wife. The story, reported in a new book out Tuesday by journalist Christopher Andersen, asserts that Jackie Kennedy even told Monroe that…

Obama outlines plans to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Efforts to unravel housing subsidies that fuelled the financial crash reached a milestone on Tuesday as Barack Obama said the national housing recovery was now strong enough to begin dismantling federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In a speech in Phoenix, the epicentre of the housing bubble, the…

Stoli’s parent company changes nondiscrimination policy to include gay — but not trans — employees

The worldwide boycott of Russian vodka by LGBT activists has had little appreciable effect on official Russian policy toward LGBT people, but according to AMERICAblog‘s John Aravosis, it appears to have had an effect on the parent company of Stolichnaya vodka, SPI Group. A recent update of its “About” page…

Conservative media’s attacks on climate science effectively erode viewers’ belief in scientists

When conservatives come away from Fox News feeling ever more certain that climate change is a hoax, it may have something to do with an overall attack on scientists as authorities to be trusted. So argues a paper published in the August issue of peer-reviewed journal Public Understanding of Science,…

U.S. files first criminal charges over Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has filed sealed criminal charges for the attack in Benghazi, Libya, last year in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed, media reports said on Tuesday. The U.S. Justice Department said it had no comment on the reports by…

Chesapeake Energy drops legal fight over fracking leases in New York state

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy has given up a two-year legal fight to retain thousands of acres of natural gas drilling leases in New York state, landowner and legal sources told Reuters. Landowners in Broome and Tioga counties, who had leased acreage to Chesapeake over the past decade, had…

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