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How Solyndra’s disastrous meltdown impacted Fremont, California

Everyone remembers with excruciating clarity where they were upon hearing a devastating piece of news. This is particularly true of a death. And, even more true when that death is about to change your life. As a Fremont…  …

Researcher uncovers how to prevent Jellyfish poison from ripping apart blood cells

On the morning of July 29, 1997, while swimming off the shore of Waikiki, a throng of box jellyfish stung Angel Yanagihara along her neck, arms and ankles. She swam back to shore wheezing and gasping, and then collapsed…  …

Caribbean has lost 80 percent of its coral reefs due to climate change and pollution

A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world’s biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation. The Catlin scientific survey will undertake the most comprehensive survey yet…

Obama willing to change controversial surveillance programs

By Mark Felsenthal and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday told lawmakers he is open to changing controversial surveillance programs in order to restore public confidence and provide assurance the government is not violating citizens’ privacy, participants at the meeting said. “We understand the American people…

Florida won’t investigate police shooting of Chechen man

State investigators in Florida have rejected a request for an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a Chechen man while he was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Florida’s department of law enforcement declined the request by the American Civil Liberties Union…

Republicans set stage for government shutdown by blocking transportation bill

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A battle in Congress expected this fall over the budget and a potential government shutdown broke out early on Thursday as Republicans in the U.S. Senate effectively killed a $54 billion spending bill for transportation and housing projects. All but one Republican voted against…

New York woman falls to her death after balcony railing breaks

It is every New Yorker’s nightmare. A 35-year-old woman fell to her death in the early hours of Thursday after the balcony railing of a 17th-floor apartment apparently gave way as she chatted to a friend. The woman, identified by local media as advertising sales executive Jennifer Rosoff, was reported…

U.S. official: No evidence Obamacare hurts workers

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. healthcare official on Thursday challenged claims by Republican lawmakers that the country’s healthcare reform law is causing workers to lose hours or benefits, saying she is aware of only isolated cutbacks. At a stormy House of Representatives committee hearing, Marilyn Tavenner,…

French court overturns ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s highest administrative court rejected on Thursday a government ban on growing Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified maize (corn). In its ruling, the Conseil d’Etat said under European Union law such a measure could only be imposed in an emergency or if there was a serious health or…

Dolphin deaths higher than normal along U.S. East Coast

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) – Carcasses of bottlenose dolphins are washing up on U.S. East Coast beaches from New Jersey to Virginia at a higher than normal pace, with more than 120 dead animals discovered since June, local and federal officials said on Thursday. The cause of the dolphin deaths…

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