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World pushes for truce as Israel’s attack on Gaza displaces 100,000 Palestinians

The UN chief and Washington’s top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo on Tuesday to push for an end to two weeks of violence in Gaza that has killed 585 Palestinians. As the conflict entered its third week, neither side showed any sign of willingness to pull…

Wave of migrant children threatens to ‘implode’ U.S. immigration courts, judge warns

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama’s steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and…

Race for North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner is all about oil

By Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) – North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that…

Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the…

Falling behind: U.S. among the least energy efficient of the world’s largest economies

Originally published at Climate Central Germany is the global leader in energy efficiency, and the U.S., with its ingrained car culture, is among the least energy efficient of the world’s largest economies. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which ranks the world’s…

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 debris supports missile theory

Hole patterns on debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 downed over eastern Ukraine last week indicate it was hit by a surface-to-air missile, experts told the Washington Post Monday.…

After 13 years, Americans are tired of the ‘war on terror’: 9/11 Commission

After 13 years of struggle, Americans are showing a growing public fatigue and waning sense of urgency over terrorism, an attitude that threatens U.S. security, members of the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks said in a report on Tuesday. A decade after issuing the official account of the…

Failed sale of 1869 Karl Marx letter disappoints Chinese capitalists who set the price too high

A letter by the late Karl Marx, the German philosopher who offered an alternative to capitalism, has failed to sell in Communist-ruled China because the auctioneer set too high a price. The Shanghai-based Hosane auction house set a starting price of 8.0 million yuan ($1.3 million) but failed to find…

Australian senator Jacqui Lambie’s ideal man: rich and ‘well-hung’ (AUDIO)

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologised Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this month, told Tasmania’s Heart 107.3 that…

Schizophrenia has direct genetic ties, as scientists find more than 100 DNA pointers

A massive gene trawl has linked over 100 DNA coding mutations to schizophrenia, yielding critical clues about what causes the illness and possibly how to treat it, scientists said Tuesday. Using more than 80,000 genetic samples from schizophrenia patients and healthy volunteers, an international team of researchers found 128 variants…

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