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Connecticut responds to Newtown with groundbreaking gun control laws

Three months after a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is passing one of the…  …

Diabetes link to low sleep hormone levels: study

A decrease in levels of the sleep hormone melatonin has been linked to an increased risk of adult onset diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday. Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 370 women with diabetes were compared with 370 women of the same race…

John Kerry denounces ‘unacceptable rhetoric’ from the North Korea

The United States vowed to defend itself and its regional allies Tuesday after North Korea again stepped up its warlike rhetoric and the UN warned that the crisis could spin out of control. Standing side-by-side with counterpart South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced…

Shell to shut key Nigeria pipeline to repair oil theft damage

Shell plans to temporarily shut a key oil pipeline in southern Nigeria later this month to repair damage caused by oil thieves, leading to a cut of around 150,000 barrels per day, the company said Tuesday. The Nembe Creek Trunkline in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer with output at around…

New York politicians charged in bribery plot to rig mayoral race

A senior New York State politician was arrested Tuesday on charges that he tried to bribe his way onto the ballot for the Big Apple’s upcoming mayoral election. Malcolm Smith, a veteran Democratic senator in the state assembly in Albany, was among six people, including several local officials, charged in…

Texas temporarily delays execution of black woman

The execution of a 51-year-old black woman in Texas has been temporarily stayed to allow lawmakers time to debate legislation on how juries are selected in the US state, officials said. Kimberly McCarthy had been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday following her conviction for…

Climate change pioneer James Hansen to retire

Pioneering NASA climatologist James Hansen, one of the first scientists to raise the alarm about global warming, is retiring after 46 years, a colleague confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. Hansen, 72, who headed the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, announced his departure in an email to the…

Economist: World headed towards climate change catastrophe

The author of an influential 2006 study on climate change warned Tuesday that the world could be headed toward warming even more catastrophic than expected but he voiced hope for political action. Nicholas Stern, the British former chief economist for the World Bank, said that both emissions of greenhouse gas…

Arkansas opens probe into Exxon Mobil spill

CHICAGO — Arkansas opened an investigation into an ExxonMobil pipeline that unleashed thousands of barrels of crude and forced the evacuation of 22 homes, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. The spill comes weeks before what is expected to be a raucous public hearing on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline,…

Vienna firefighters abseil down buildings to owl’s rescue

Special Viennese firefighters flew to the rescue and abseiled down buildings Tuesday after they received an emergency call to save a distressed… owl caught in a net. Residents alerted the fire department after noticing the bird trapped upside down in a net meant to ward off pigeons, in the courtyard…

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