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Australian billionaire plans robotic ‘Jurassic Park’

An eccentric Australian mining magnate who is building a replica of the ill-fated Titanic has unveiled his latest scheme — a park of giant robotic dinosaurs. Clive Palmer, who last month in New York launched an ambitious plan to build and sail the “Titanic II”, said he had ordered more…

‘Aleppo button’ disease afflicts war-torn city

The latest affliction to hit weary residents of Aleppo is written on their faces. Some call it the “Aleppo button”, a welt caused by leishmaniasis, an illness that is sweeping the Syrian city. Transmitted by flies, the parasitic disease arrived along with the thousands of Syrians displaced from their homes…

More than 200 manatees killed in Florida by ‘red tide’ algae

Wildlife officials in Florida are facing an especially stiff challenge this year in saving the state’s manatee population from a poisonous brand of algae that has spread around the coast. CBS News reported on Friday that 207 manatees have died this year after being infected by toxins released by “red…

China bans Kraftwerk for cancelled performance at a 1999 Free Tibert concert

Past catches up with futuristic German electronic band after Beijing bans quartet over performance that never was As pop stars go, they are pretty much as inoffensive as you can get, a bunch of German pensioners who practically invented electronica with their hypnotic loops and robotic antics. But Kraftwerk have…

Former Atlanta school superintendent and 34 others charged with racketeering in cheating probe

The former superintendent of Atlanta’s public school system was among 35 people indicted on Friday in connection with a cheating scandal that dates back to 2001. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Beverly Hall, former Atlanta Public Schools human relations director Millicent Few and other administrators were indicted on 57 counts…

EPA announces new rules for auto emissions, sulfur in gasoline

US regulators announced on Friday stricter rules on vehicle emissions and a requirement for low-sulfur gasoline as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would require a 60 percent reduction in sulfur in gasoline as well as stricter tailpipe emissions standards for cars…

Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops racial slur from name

A classic Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant is changing its name after almost seven decades from “Chink’s” because of fear of causing racial offense. Chink’s Steaks has been renowned for its girth-busting meat and melted cheese sandwiches since it was opened by Samuel “Chink” Sherman in 1949, according to a history on…

Colleges attempt to avoid tuition cost scrutiny by piling on student fees

At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees 2014 including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the…

UPS agrees to pay $40 million for shipping illegal prescription drugs

UPS Friday agreed to forfeit $40 million and implement a compliance program after a Department of Justice probe found the company delivered drugs on behalf of illegal online pharmacies. The agreement followed an investigation that showed that UPS was shipping drugs on behalf of Internet pharmacies that were distributing controlled…

‘Facebook phone’ could be introduced at May event

Facebook fueled fresh talk Friday about its own mobile phone after the leading social network scheduled a press announcement for next week. Shortly after the Facebook invitation went out for the April 4 event, the technology news site TechCrunch reported the announcement would be a modified version of the Google…

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