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Paleontologists discover 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in northern Mexico

By Luc Cohen MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A team of paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico, the country’s National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) said on Monday. Apart from being unusually well preserved, the 5 meter (16…

House Republicans considering citizenship for DREAMers

By Rachelle Younglai and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives started to coalesce on Tuesday around the idea of legalizing the children who were brought to the country by their parents, marking their first step toward dealing with the millions of undocumented foreigners living in…

Bloomberg vetoes bill to halt New York’s stop-and-frisk policy

By Noreen O’Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council. Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less…

Navy offers to help Australia recover bombs dropped on Great Barrier Reef

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Tuesday offered Australia any help it wanted to retrieve four bombs mistakenly dropped inside the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park last week. U.S. Navy Harrier fighter jets were forced to drop the bombs, two inert and two…

New Hampshire governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

New Hampshire on Tuesday became the 19th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. “This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New…

Raccoon rabies blamed for death of organ donor and recipient

A rare case of raccoon rabies is responsible for killing both a US kidney donor in 2011 and his transplant recipient 18 months later, US researchers said Tuesday. The report in the July 24 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association describes the final results of an investigation…

Experiment finds D.C. residents are the least honest Americans

George Washington famously said he could not tell a lie, but people in the city that bears his name don’t seem to feel so conflicted. One in five in the US capital failed to drop a suggested $1 in an honor box when they helped themselves to tea at unmanned…

NASA to investigate malfunctioning spacesuit

The US space agency said Tuesday it is launching a second investigation into a leaking helmet that forced an abrupt halt to an Italian astronaut’s spacewalk last week. The probe will examine maintenance, quality assurance, and any operations that could have had a role in the gushing water that mysteriously…

Congress moves towards arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama’s plan to provide vetted Syrian rebels with weapons and strategic military aid has gained traction in Congress, US lawmakers said Tuesday. The United States is currently providing humanitarian and non-lethal military aid to rebel groups battling the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad. Obama’s administration promised an expansion…

Tax watchdog: IRS travel costs are ‘excessive’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A handful of Internal Revenue Service officials spent most of their time traveling for work in 2011 and 2012 and amassed thousands of dollars in seemingly excessive costs for transportation, hotels and meals, the tax-collecting agency’s watchdog said in a report on Tuesday. Although the report found…

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