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Flight of the RoboBee: Researchers hope ‘drones’ could serve as a robotic pollinator for plants

Five individual robotic flies of identical design are shown alongside a U.S. penny for scale, demonstrating that the manufacturing process facilitates repeatability and mass production.(Courtesy of Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon) A robotic fly with a body not much taller than a penny standing on…  …

Woman added to FBI’s ‘most wanted terrorist’ list for first time

A woman who killed a police officer 40 years ago and later fled to Cuba has been placed on the FBI’s list of “most wanted terrorists,” US officials said Thursday. Law enforcement officials said Joanne Chesimard is the first woman ever to make the list, and one of only two…

Rhode Island bishop warns against attending same-sex wedding ceremonies

Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin, the Roman Catholic leader of Rhode Island, on Thursday warned Catholics that God looked unfavorably upon those who attended same-sex weddings. In a letter published as Rhode Island was poised to become the tenth state to embrace marriage equality, Tobin wrote that Catholics should have…

Reports of forced feeding puts pressure on Obama to close Guantanamo

Controversy over the Guantánamo Bay detention camp has intensified as United Nations experts condemned the force-feeding of hunger-striking inmates by the US, and a former White House lawyer claimed that drone strikes are being used an alternative to detaining al-Qaida suspects. With more than 100 inmates refusing food, four senior…

House to vote on restrictive debt ceiling bill

The Republican-led House of Representatives plans to vote next week on legislation that would allow the US government to borrow above the debt ceiling, in a move meant to stave off default. But the “Full Faith and Credit Act,” which was adopted in committee last week, would allow the government…

Huge blaze shuts down California coastal highway

A wildfire forced the closure of a section of California’s scenic coastal highway Thursday, as authorities ordered residents to evacuate from advancing flames and canceled classes. The blaze fanned by strong winds ravaged hillsides and canyons in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, threatening homes around the towns of Newbury…

Protesters gather as NRA prepares for meeting in Texas

The National Rifle Association (NRA) opens its annual meeting in gun-friendly Texas on Friday with its leadership determined to fight off any fresh attempt to tighten the nation’s gun laws. More than 70,000 people are expected at the three-day gathering in Houston, taking place a little over two weeks after…

U.S. activists target Air India for transporting animals used in experiments

Animal rights activists protested outside the Indian embassy in Washington on Thursday, accusing Air India of transporting live animals for use in scientific experiments. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says it was told in writing by the government-owned flag carrier in May 2012 that it did not,…

Pentagon rethinking arming Syrian rebels

The United States is taking a fresh look at whether to provide weapons to Syria’s rebels after having rejected the idea previously, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. At a news conference with his British counterpart Philip Hammond, Hagel was asked if the US government was rethinking its opposition to…

Suicide rate among the middle-aged rises sharply in U.S.

Suicide rates among US adults aged 35-64 are on the rise — with more Americans now taking their lives than dying in car accidents, according to official statistics released Thursday. Motor vehicle accidents killed 33,687 people in 2010 — well below the 38,364 who died from suicide in the same…

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