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More than 1,000 fish killed by Alaska summer heat wave

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska’s summer heat wave has been pleasant for humans but punitive for some of its fish. Overheated water has been blamed for large die-offs of hatchery trout and salmon stocks in at least two parts of the state as hot, dry weather has…

Aetna withdraws from Maryland insurance market after state demands lower rates in health insurance exchanges

(Reuters) – Aetna Inc pulled out of Maryland’s health insurance exchange being created under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law after the state pressed it to lower its proposed rates by up to 29 percent. Under the law, often called Obamacare, each U.S. state will have an online exchange where…

Canada’s conservative Prime Minister slams Obama’s statements on Keystone XL gas pipeline

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper contradicted on Friday U.S. President Barack Obama’s dismissal of the job-creation potential of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project is important both for jobs and for energy security. Asked about remarks made by Obama in an interview with the New…

Scientists show regular exercise doesn’t reduce amount, severity of menopausal hot flashes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Getting regular exercise doesn’t seem to reduce the amount or severity of hot flashes among women going through menopause, according to a new study. Researchers found that women who exercised had a small drop in the number of hot flashes they experienced per day, but…

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate blames federal immigration policy in ‘horrendous’ rape case

A Nebraska state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate is linking the rape and death of a 93-year-old woman to his push for restrictive legislation targeting immigrants. State Sen. Charlie Janssen (R) wrote in a letter to the Lincoln Journal-Star that the July 21 death of Louise Sollowin “is undeniable evidence…

Southern Poverty Law Center files complaint about Florida’s race-based student achievement plans

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida was hit with a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday accusing it of race-based education goals that violate civil rights law by setting “severely lower expectations” for black and Hispanic students. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Legal Aid Society of Florida’s…

Majority of white Americans support ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws used in Zimmerman defense

(Reuters) – Most U.S. voters support the “Stand Your Ground” laws, although the question of whether to retreat or use deadly force in self defense divides Americans along gender, racial and political lines, a national poll found on Friday. The February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager,…

Witness at Manning sentencing testifies about information-sharing restrictions to support prosecution

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Washington had to restrict access to an intelligence-sharing system after the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, a former official said on Friday at the sentencing hearing of Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of the leaks. Tightening access to the system undid the…

Oscars hires Ellen DeGeneres to replace Seth MacFarlane as Academy Awards host

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host the annual Oscars telecast in March, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Friday. This would be her second stint as master of ceremonies for the Oscars. DeGeneres, the star of her own daytime talk…

Judge: Denver movie-theatre shooter’s online dating profile is admissible at murder trial

DENVER (Reuters) – A question once posed by accused movie theater gunman James Holmes on a dating website, asking potential love interests, “Will you visit me in prison?” can be admitted as evidence at his murder trial, a Colorado judge ruled on Thursday. The decision was a setback, but not…

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