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Study: Greener cars could slash carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050

Greener cars that use alternative fuels could help the United States slash its greenhouse gas emissions from everyday driving a full 80 percent by 2050, according to a scientific study out Monday. That could lead to a more than 10 percent cut in overall US pollution into the atmosphere, with…

Supreme Court hears arguments on Arizona voter law that requires proof of citizenship

Case focused on whether voter-approved law which requires voters to prove they are US citizens, violates federal law The Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments on Monday in a case which will decide whether US states can require voters to submit proof of citizenship to cast a ballot. The case…

New guidelines: Athletes suspected of concussions must leave the game

Any athlete suspected of getting a concussion during sports should stop play, leave the game and not return until cleared by a licensed healthcare professional, according to new US guidelines out Monday. The risk of concussion is greatest in American football and rugby, followed by hockey and soccer among male…

American wine maker whose chardonnay defeated France dies at 86

Jim Barrett, the American vintner whose chardonnay famously defeated the might of France in 1976 and helped put California’s Napa Valley on the map, has died at the age of 86. Barrett’s 1973 Chateau Montelana Chardonnay won the prestigious “Judgment of Paris,” a one-time blind tasting by nine French experts…

Google Maps adds view from Mt. Everest

Google on Monday added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to scenes woven into its popular online map service. Arm chair explorers were invited to take virtual adventures with members of Google’s Street View team to Aconcagua in South America; Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and…

Al-Jazeera plans British and French television networks

Qatar’s Al-Jazeera television network said Monday it was preparing to launch a news channel in Britain while studies are at an advanced stage for a French-language channel. “We are currently working to launch a news channel from the United Kingdom,” said the network’s Director General Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani…

Economists warn Cyprus will face a recession ‘for decades’

Russians are preparing to withdraw billions of euros from Cyprus and the island will plunge into a recession lasting for decades due to the onerous terms of a EU bailout, economists warned on Monday. “The Russians are already indicating they want to withdraw their money. Why should they stay? They…

Chinese solar panel company defaults on $541 million worth of bonds

Chinese solar panel giant Suntech Power announced Monday that it was in default on its debt after failing to make a payment on $541 million worth of bonds. One of the world’s top two solar cell and panel producers, targeted last year by US trade sanctions, Suntech said it had…

New Jersey student sues two schools for failing to stop bullying

Student sues two school districts for allegedly failing to stop bullying (via NJ.com) Star-Ledger file A teenager who was allegedly subjected to years of bullying is now suing the Hunterdon Central Board of Education and Flemington-Raritan Board of Education. The suit, filed in late February in Superior Court in Flemington…

Painting discovered to be Rembrandt self-portrait worth millions

A painting hanging in a British stately home has been confirmed as a self-portrait by Rembrandt worth tens of millions of dollars, the National Trust heritage body announced on Friday. The picture, which has been at Buckland Abbey in Devon, southwest England, since it was donated to the trust in…

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