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Some of world’s largest cities are improving energy efficiency

Some of the world’s largest cities are improving their energy efficiency, a report said Thursday, while nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change. Cities are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and better manage their water strategy, said a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP),…

Facebook announces it will add video to Instagram

Facebook announced Thursday that it will add smartphone video-sharing to its Instagram photo-based social network, in a move that challenges Twitter’s popular Vine service. “We need to do to video what we did to photos,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said while unveiling Video On Instagram at a press event at…

Study finds 40,000 people were abducted during 40-year Colombian civil war

Almost 40,000 people were abducted during the 40 years of Colombia’s civil war, according to a study published on Thursday, the first attempt to quantify the scourge of kidnapping. The research, released by the Center for Historical Memory in Bogota, was commissioned by police and prosecutors and compiled with help…

Belgium opens beer temple in former stock market building

Beer has always been one of Belgium’s biggest money-spinners but now Brussels is going a step further, announcing plans Thursday to open a temple to the amber nectar in its old stock exchange building. The “Temple of Belgian Beer” project finds a use for the grand 19th century building near…

Scientists create detailed 3-D map of the human brain

A deceased 65-year-old woman has provided scientists with the material for the first super high resolution three-dimensional digital model of the human brain, researchers said Thursday. The roadmap of the mind was painstakingly created by scientists in Germany and Canada and is 50 times more detailed than the last attempt,…

New Jersey Supreme Court approves Senate special election

N.J. Supreme Court allows special U.S. Senate elections (via NJ.com) TRENTON — The special October election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg can go on as scheduled after the state Supreme Court today said it won’t hear the case. In a one-page notice, Chief Justice…

Belgian lawmakers clear hurdle for legalizing euthanasia for minors

Belgian lawmakers on Thursday moved closer to legalising the euthanasia of minors, so long as they are judged capable of deciding for themselves. Four senators from parties in the governing coalition formally put forward changes to a 2002 law that made Belgium the second country in the world after The…

Howard Kurtz quits CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ to join Fox News

Kurtz ‘excited to bring my independent brand of media criticism to Fox News’ in move that raises plenty of eyebrows Howard Kurtz, the veteran US media commentator, is decamping from his longtime home at CNN to join Fox News. Kurtz has hosted Reliable Sources, CNN’s Sunday media criticism program, for…

Detroit emergency manager opens investigation into pension fraud

By Steve Neavling DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is ordering a joint investigation into the city’s two pension funds, in search of evidence of suspected fraud, corruption, waste and other possible malfeasance. Orr, a restructuring attorney appointed to reduce the city’s runaway debt, signed an order on…

Fact checking NSA’s 9/11 claim: U.S. already knew identity of Saudi hijacker

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to…

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