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A woman’s face drives relationship length: study

Men looking for a quick fling prefer women with more “feminine” facial features, said a study Friday that delved into the evolutionary determinants of the mating game. Feminine features like a smaller jawbone or fuller cheeks are closely linked to a woman’s perceived attractiveness, which in turn is taken as…

Mainstream media accused of belittling Brazilian protests

Brazilians marching against corruption and the cost of the 2014 World Cup are also angry at the media, including the influential Globo network, accused of belittling their movement. In Sao Paulo, the country’s business and media capital, Globo TV crews have been jeered while covering protest rallies and on Tuesday…

Astronomically high air pollution plagues city-dwellers in Asia

Air pollution has become a curse for millions of city-dwellers in Asia, posing a mounting risk to the very young and very old, pregnant women and people with heart and respiratory problems, say experts. “The levels of pollution in parts of China, India and elsewhere in Asia are just astronomically…

Four in ten U.S. adults care for sick and elderly relatives

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the population ages, a new study has found. “More health care is happening at home,” said Susannah Fox, associate director of the…

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…

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