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Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state over attack on Gaza

Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state. President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba. It “means, in other words, we are declaring…

Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty to injuring wild cats to make them easier to kill

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of…

Unlike Barack, Michelle Obama doesn’t shy away from her heritage in speech to Africans

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had…

Not the biggest Texas bust ever, but close: Cops seize more than 100,000 marijuana plants

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – One person has been arrested and more than 100,000 marijuana plants were being eradicated from a sprawling operation in one of the largest pot farming cases in Texas history, police said on Wednesday. The farm, which covered 29 fields, was discovered by a deer…

Alabama doctors: Circumcision lawsuit is bogus, we didn’t chop off anyone’s penis

(Reuters) – An Alabama man’s claim that his penis was amputated recently in a circumcision gone wrong is entirely without merit, an attorney representing the doctors being sued said on Wednesday. Attorney Michael Florie said the plaintiff, 56-year-old Johnny Lee Banks Jr., has had both legs amputated due to severe…

New report paints bleak future for nuclear power due to high operating costs

Originally published at Climate Central The globe’s nuclear power industry is aging, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide. Isar…

Satellite images suggest North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test than thought

Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a US think-tank said Wednesday. Development of a working ICBM would be a game-changing step, bringing the continental United States into range and adding…

Scientists: Companies could monitor your brain waves to test TV advertisements

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial. So say psychologists who on Tuesday unveiled the results of an unusual set of experiments…

Obama to Republicans: Stop being mad all the time, stop just hatin’ all the time

By Roberta Rampton KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans for confounding his agenda to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to “stop just hatin’ all the time.” Republicans in the House of Representatives are expected to vote on Wednesday to…

Go with the flow and you’ll find evolution belongs to physics

By Adrian Bejan, Duke University People like to say that we cannot witness evolution because it occurs over timescales immensely greater than our lifetime. That’s incorrect. We can witness evolution all we want, in our lifetime, by watching other things that change and morph freely – for example the evolution…

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