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Four Morehouse student athletes charged with two sexual assaults

Four Morehouse College student athletes — three of the college’s basketball players and one of the college’s former football players — are in jail after being charged in connection to two separate sexual assaults, according to a Thursday report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chukwudi Ndudikwa, Malcolm Jamal Frank and…

Harvard scientists successfully make fly-like robots that can hover, fly around

US scientists have devised tiny winged robots inspired by flies that could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites — once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled…

FDA warns manufacturers of possible crackdown on caffeinated candies and snacks

The US food and drug regulator on Friday called the addition of caffeine to children’s foods like chewing gum and jelly beans “dangerous” and warned of a possible crackdown. Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner Michael Taylor said the rise in such caffeine-added products outside the beverage industry was “very…

Navajo actors audition for the first major Hollywood film to be dubbed into Dine: ‘Star Wars’

Members of the Navajo tribe in the southwestern United States are hoping the force will be with them as they dub “Star Wars” into their native Dine language. Two days of auditions began Friday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona for Navajo wishing to lend their voices…

Investigation indicates American reporter James Foley being held at facility controlled by Syrian intelligence

A US journalist missing in war-torn Syria is believed to be held by government intelligence agents at a detention center near Damascus, a spokesman for his family said Friday. James Foley, a 39-year-old freelancer who has filed reports for GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse and other outlets, has been missing in Syria…

Benedict Cumberbatch discusses the isolation of playing Khan in new ‘Star Trek’

In this video from the Associated Press, stars of the new J. J. Abrams film, “Star Trek Into Darkness” discuss the film and the experience of making it at its gala premiere in London. Fans of the British TV series “Sherlock” will be excited to see this interview with Benedict…

Scientists warn Chinese-made air-transmissible bybrid bird flu puts humanity at risk

Immunologists expressed concern Friday about the “dangerous” work of scientists in China who created a hybrid bird flu virus that can spread in the air between guinea pigs, and now lives in a lab freezer. The team from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Gansu Agricultural University wrote in…

Solar-powered plane off to good start on its first cross-continental trip

A solar airplane took off Friday from California on its first attempt at a cross-country trip across the United States. “Solar Impulse has successfully taken off from Moffett Air Field,” a traffic control operator said as the plane left the runway in the morning sunrise, describing it as a “perfect…

WATCH LIVE: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry address NRA Leadership Forum

Watch live as conservative lawmakers past and present address attendees at the NRA’s annual leadership forum, courtesy of NBC News:…

Reporters Without Borders give dictators the finger

In honor of Friday’s World Press Freedom Day, the non-governmental organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) launched a campaign depicting world-famous dictators giving everyone the finger, or the international equivalent thereof. Agence France Press interviewed the group’s leader, Christophe Deloire, who said that that they want to show how…

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