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Coal industry battles to keep power in U.S. energy debate

Four months after pledging to lead the United States on a path to sustainable energy, President Barack Obama faces a turning point on electricity generated from coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The White House was expected this week to finalize a rule to reduce emissions from all new…

New H7N9 bird flu strain vaccine may take ‘many months’

Developing a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of bird flu that has killed 10 people in eastern China could take “many months”, US public health experts have said. Chinese authorities had confirmed 38 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza as of Thursday evening after announcing nearly two weeks ago that…

Legendary Havana bar ‘Sloppy Joe’s’ reopens

Mythic Cuban bar Sloppy Joe’s, a watering hole for a who’s who of Hollywood stars during Prohibition, reopens its doors Friday in Havana. The revived bar is in the center of old Havana, just steps away from Central Park and some of the city’s grand hotels. “Tomorrow, Friday, we will…

Kremlin warns U.S. against publishing blacklist of Russian human rights violators

The Kremlin warned Washington on Friday against publishing a list of Russian officials barred from entering the United States because of their alleged abuse of human rights. Russian media reports said the dozens of names included on the so-called “Magnitsky Act” — named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died…

‘Artificial leaf’ makes clean energy from dirty water

What’s all this fuss about silly federal research projects? If one day in the not too distant future you can go to the dollar store, buy a thin, flat device the size of a playing card, dunk it in a quart of dirty bath water and use it to generate…

Filmmaker David Lynch touts transcendental meditation for PTSD and new documentary

Veteran filmmaker David Lynch says US authorities should use more transcendental meditation to help soldiers returning from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. Hosting a Beverly Hills screening of “Meditation, Creativity, Peace,” his new 70-minute documentary about the technique, Lynch also touted its positive impact on troubled schoolchildren, jail inmates and…

Japanese salarymen race to read new Murakami novel

Japanese salarymen interrupted their morning commute to buy Haruki Murakami’s new novel Friday, as papers and broadcasters raced to give the first review of one of the most awaited books of the year. Stores opened early in Tokyo, with special stands stacked high with the hardback books, as businessmen, housewives…

Rare photos of John F. Kennedy emerge from ashes of 9/11

Rarely seen photos of John F. Kennedy, once feared to have been lost forever when the World Trade Center was destroyed on 9/11, form part of a striking exhibition opening Friday which aims to shed new light on the iconic US leader. The Newseum — a Washington museum dedicated to…

New space race: Putin unveils $50 billion drive for Russian supremacy

President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade. Fifty-two years to the day since Yuri…

Billionaire Koch brother wins fake wine trial

A New York jury on Thursday backed a US billionaire who complained that wines he bought costing thousands of dollars a bottle were phony. Bill Koch, brother to the politically connected siblings who help fund the US conservative Tea Party movement, sued wealthy businessman Eric Greenberg over what he said…

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