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Three new cases of SARS-like virus in Saudi Arabia

Three new cases of a new SARS-like virus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation reported Friday. “The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional three laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV),” the UN body said in a…

Sam Brownback digs in on “Made in Kansas” gun exemption law

As we detailed yesterday, dozens of states are considering bills that attempt to nullify federal gun laws. One such bill became a law last month in Kansas. It exempts “Made in Kansas” guns from federal regulation and makes it a crime for federal agents to enforce federal law. Attorney General…

Drug violence pushes Mexican reporters into hiding, writing under pseudonyms

Facing threats, murder and kidnappings, many Mexican journalists have been forced to go into hiding, while the country’s vicious drug war has driven some newspapers to self-censorship. Some journalists have gone into self-imposed exile abroad while others, like Luis Cardona, a 53-year-old who reported in the flashpoint state of Chihuahua,…

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…

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