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Wildlife groups sue U.S. over lead bullets

WASHINGTON — Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The…

North Dakota’s oil boom brings damage along with prosperity

Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller’s formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses. But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the…

Cyber experts warn of ‘intelligent weapons’

TALLINN — Quick advances in cyber war technologies could soon lead to a new generation of so-called “intelligent cyber weapons” which top global IT defence experts warn could be virtually unstoppable. “Rapid developments in cyber (technology) might lead to intelligent cyber weapons that are hard to control and it’s practically…

White House condemns ‘outrageous’ Syria violence

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday condemned the “outrageous” mass killing of civilians in Syria and urged all countries to end support for President Bashar al-Assad’s “brutal and illegitimate regime.” Activists said at least 55 people, including women and children, were killed in Wednesday’s assault by pro-regime militiamen on…

Egyptian politicians agree to elect constitutional panel

CAIRO — Egypt’s political parties on Thursday agreed on the formation of a commission tasked with drafting a new constitution, capping a row that lasted nearly three months, officials said. The agreement was struck at a meeting between representatives of the political parties, including Islamists who dominate parliament, and Egypt’s…

Password breach spreads beyond LinkedIn

WASHINGTON — More websites admitted security breaches Thursday after LinkedIn said some of its members’ passwords were stolen, and experts warned of email scams targeting users of the social network. Security experts were warning customers of the hacked websites to be alert for fake emails which purport to warn about…

F-16s scramble for Obama aircraft alert

LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 fighters were scrambled Thursday after three small planes violated a flight ban imposed for a fundraising visit by President Barack Obama in California, officials said. The military jets intercepted a Cessna 206 at around 9:00 am (1600 GMT) and a Cherokee PA 28 about 30…

UN troops shot at while trying to get to Syrian massacre

Gunmen fired shots at UN monitors trying to get into a Syrian massacre after the reported massacre of dozens of inhabitants, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. None of the monitors were injured but the UN team had to abandon until Friday attempts to get to Al-Kubeir, a UN spokesman…

Europe requires new cars to slash carbon emissions by a third

New cars sold in Europe will have to slash their carbon emissions by a third by 2020, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Guardian. The proposed regulation would be legally binding and the document plans for even stricter emissions targets for 2025 and 2030, which could only…

Scientist Peter Gleick reinstated to former job after Heartland Institute exposé

The scientist who exposed the inner workings of the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute, triggering the defection of key donors, has been reinstated after an investigation. Peter Gleick, who impersonated a Heartland board member to obtain and make public confidential budget and strategy documents, was restored to his position as president of…

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