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Archaeologists discover lost Maya city in Mexican jungle

By Luc Cohen MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago. The team, led…

Boehner asks Obama to push Democrats to act before student loan rates double

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to push Democrats in Congress to back a move to switch student loan interest rates to a market-based system before they double on July 1. In just 10 days, rates on federally…

Obama to appoint Republican Jim Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the U.S. battle against terrorism, a White House official said on Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would…

Washington state pot regulators favor outdoor growth for environmental reasons

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – The regulatory board overseeing marijuana legalization in Washington State is leaning toward allowing licensed growers to raise the drug outdoors, citing the much higher carbon footprint of indoor and greenhouse cultivation, board members said. The view, which all three members of the Washington…

Twitter lawyer appointed to top White House aide job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has appointed Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong to a new senior advisory position to focus on internet and privacy policy, a White House official said on Thursday. Wong will work with federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and will join the White House as Obama…

McCaskill: Contractor that vetted Snowden is under investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A company that conducted a 2011 background investigation into Edward Snowden, the source of recent leaks about U.S. secret surveillance programs, is itself under investigation, Senator Claire McCaskill said on Thursday. McCaskill identified the company as USIS, a Falls Church, Virginia-based company whose website says it specializes…

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…

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