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Tree rings reveal El Niño linked to climate change

Tree rings reveal El Niño tied to recent global warming (via The Christian Science Monitor) Every seven years – or sometimes every two years, or maybe four years – El Niño turns a bucket of rainfall over eastern South America, sending floodwaters cascading over coastal Ecuador and typhoons spiraling into…

Dark money group lied to IRS about attacking Democratic House candidate

Shortly before Election Day last year, mailers went out to Texas voters featuring pictures of a Democratic congressional candidate and a rare species of spider, whose discovery had forced stoppage of an important highway construction project. “The same left-wing extremists who support Pete Gallego want more burdensome regulations that put…

Presidency: Mandela in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a “critical but stable” condition, South Africa’s presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection. In a statement, the presidency urged South Africans to begin planning for Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.…

Soledad O’Brien to anchor Al Jazeera primetime program

Former CNN’s Starting Point host will be special correspondent for AJA’s primetime news program America Tonight Soledad O’Brien, the former CNN anchor known for bulldozing Republican surrogates in fact-checking interviews during the 2012 election cycle, is joining Al-Jazeera America as a special correspondent for the channel’s planned primetime news program,…

Jobless Greek youth find innovative ways to make a living

Greece has the highest percentage of unemployed young people in Europe, but many are finding innovative ways to make a living Angelos Koulis doesn’t like the term “lost generation” but he accepts that, in theory, he is part of it. Like many young Greeks, the 19-year-old is the first to…

Immigration source: Snowden applied for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a…

Putin and Obama order security agencies to find way out of Snowden impasse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama have ordered the chiefs of their respective security agencies to find a way out of the impasse caused by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden’s stay in a Moscow airport, a senior official said on Monday. “Of course (Putin and Obama) don’t have…

3-year-old Japanese boy receives partial lung transplant from mother

Part of a Japanese woman’s lung was transplanted to her three-year-old son Monday in what was described as the world’s first successful graft of a middle lobe from a living donor, a hospital said. Lung transplants from living donors usually involve transferring the inferior lobe which has greater breathing capacity.…

Robbers posing as French police steal $261,000 from Saudi man

Robbers posing as policemen made off with 200,000 euros ($261,000) belonging to a senior official from the Saudi youth and sports ministry just after he landed in Paris, police said Monday. The audacious robbery was staged on the busy A1 highway near Le Bourget airport. The robbers were armed and…

Appeals court throws out digital books lawsuit against Google over class action status

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin erred…

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