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Experts sound worldwide alert over deadly bat virus

Experts on infectious diseases Thursday warned people to stay away from bats worldwide after the recent death of an eight-year-old boy bitten in Australia. The boy last month became the third person in the country to die of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), for which there is no effective treatment. Doctors…

Stall on immigration reform causes trouble on U.S. farms as growers seek workers and crops rot

Here’s a mess with no easy fix: American crops going unpicked — it’s backbreaking work Americans won’t touch — and poor migrants in need of work shying from it for fear of being abused. Creating a program for temporary farm workers from Mexico and other countries to work the land,…

Greenpeace activists protesting Obama and Arctic drilling arrested at Jerusalem bridge

Police arrested eight Greenpeace activists Thursday after members of the group chained themselves to a bridge in Jerusalem demanding US President Barack Obama halt exploratory drilling in the Arctic, an official said. “We have taken in eight activists for questioning, but there are still others at the site,” police spokesman…

‘Gaza rockets’ hit southern Israel during Obama visit

Two rockets fired by militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Thursday hit southern Israel as US President Barack Obama was visiting the country, police said. “One exploded in the back yard of a house in Sderot, causing damage and the second landed in a field,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld…

Chris Christie undecided on ban of controversial ‘gay conversion therapy’

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Warming Arctic: Receding ice leaves Hudson Bay polar bears less time to eat

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Rat linked to outage at Fukushima atomic plant

A rat may have caused a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Thursday, an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix. Equipment keeping spent nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up…

Great white sharks feed three to four times as often as originally estimated

Great white sharks, the world’s largest predatory fish, eat three to four times more food than previously thought, an Australian study shows. US research from the 1980s estimated a 30 kilogram (66 lbs) meal of mammal blubber could sustain a one-tonne shark for more than six weeks. That perpetuated assumptions…

Major supermarket chains promise not to sell genetically engineered salmon in the U.S.

With a decision imminent on whether GM salmon will be allowed onto market, major retailers have said they would not sell it A number of US supermarket chains pledged on Wednesday not to sell genetically modified salmon, in a sign of growing public concern about engineered foods on the dinner…

North Korea threatens to bomb U.S. bases in Japan, Guam as retaliation

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea. “The US should not forget that the Anderson Airbase in Guam where the B-52s take off, as…

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