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U.S. drone kills three more Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen, strikes intensify

SANAA (Reuters) – A U.S. drone killed three suspected al Qaeda militants in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours as Washington intensifies efforts to eradicate al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch after recent warnings of possible attacks. The three men were travelling in a vehicle in…

Weight Watchers trying to cash in on desire for healthy workers

By Madeline Will NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facing increased competition from free calorie-counting apps, Weight Watchers International Inc is targeting a steadily growing market – employers looking for a leaner workforce. U.S. companies are eager to trim rising health care costs and more are implementing employee wellness programs, some involving…

Peru’s protesters shake up politics with challenge to President Humala

By Marco Aquino and Mitra Taj LIMA (Reuters) – The biggest political protests in Peru’s capital in more than a decade have pressured President Ollanta Humala to clean up government and share the benefits of the country’s decade-long economic boom. Many of the protesters were left-leaning and middle-class youth who…

PetroChina to join Exxon on giant Iraqi oilfield: source

By Chen Aizhu and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIJING/MOSCOW (Reuters) – China’s biggest energy firm PetroChina will join Exxon Mobil in developing Iraq’s giant West Qurna oilfield and is in talks with Lukoil to buy into a second project at the field, industry sources said on Friday. China is already the top…

Nuclear power plant in South Carolina at risk for shutdown

A nuclear power plant located near Hartsville, South Carolina is at risk for being shut down, according to a research study conducted at the Vermont Law School. However, the plant has a license to operate until 2030 and operators Duke Energy say they…  …

‘Extraordinary’ Mayan frieze discovered in Guatemala tells a tale of almost cosmic wars

The massive frieze, cast in stucco and painted red, depicts the crowning of a Mayan king, a find that offers a window into the epic battles between rival Mayan kingdoms and the dramas of changing fealties in the Americas more than a thousand years ago. ;  …

NASA outlines big goals for a mission to Jupiter moon Europa

With a cold ocean under an icy shell, some have theorized that Europa is the most likely place to find life in the solar system.(NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk ) Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, has long been fingered as possibly habitable. But sending a rover…  …

Is Alec Baldwin going to have his own show on MSNBC?

Actor Alec Baldwin could soon be hosting his own show on MSNBC on Friday nights, according to Mediaite. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the outspoken liberal actor was in talks to host a program on the news network. Mediaite said the show was a “done deal,” while The Hollywood Reporter said…

Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular shooting star show

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular fireball show early next week when Earth hits a belt of comet debris known as the Perseids, astronomers say. The annual Perseid meteor shower, dubbed “the tears of St Lawrence” in honour of a martyred Christian saint, should peak in the wee hours…

SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies won a two-flight contract to launch a radar satellite network for Germany, the company announced on Thursday. German satellite manufacturers OHB-System AG and Astrium GmbH selected the California-based firm, also known as SpaceX, to launch a trio…

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