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This undated image provided by Caltech shows a 3-D visualization of fluorescently-labeled brain cells within an intact brain tissue of a rodent. In a study released by the journal Cell on Thursday, July 31, 2014, researchers have described a way to make see-through mice and rats, a step that should help them study fine details of anatomy for basic research. (AP Photo/Caltech, Bin Yang and Viviana Gradinaru)

See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen. The transparent rodents aren’t alive and they’re for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy. Before they are treated with chemicals, the animals are euthanized and their skin removed. Researchers made their inner organs transparent, but not their … 0

U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

Thursday, July 31, 2014

U.S. health officials yesterday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. “The bottom line is Ebola is worsening … 0

Gay rights activists in China sue over electric shock therapy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gay rights activists in China sued a counseling center yesterday for its offers to cure homosexuality through “gay conversion therapy” – the first lawsuit of its kind in a country where gay people are granted few rights and little recognition. Gay activists staged a protest outside a Beijing court before the case was heard and said they hoped that the trial would persuade … 0

CIA says its employees wrongly searched Senate investigators’ computers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CIA employees improperly searched computers used by Senate investigators involved in a multiyear probe of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measures on terrorism suspects, according to the findings of an internal agency inquiry that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to apologize to lawmakers this week. The embarrassing … 1

U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin this morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring … 0

Nation & world briefs, Aug. 1

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Libya Extremist militias declare control of city Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. The sweep in … 0

Appeal to be filed Aug. 14 for Whitey Bulger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lawyers for former crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger said they’ll file their appeal of his 2013 convictions with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 14. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was convicted in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other … 0

Republicans keep hurting themselves

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Republicans may yet win the elections in November. They may end up in control of both houses of Congress come January. But in the final week before a lengthy August recess, they have shown a remarkable capacity to … 0

Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in U.S.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived yesterday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” … 0

House GOP scraps border plan after backlash from conservative wing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

House Republican leaders were ambushed by another conservative insurrection yesterday, forced to scrap a pivotal vote on a border security bill and scrambling to find a solution amid a familiar whirlwind of acrimony and finger-pointing. The failure to move forward with legislation aimed at coping with a surge … 0

NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NASA plans to make oxygen – a key ingredient of rocket fuel – on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials yesterday unveiled seven instruments they plan to put on a Martian rover that would launch in 2020, … 0

GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Republicans pushed a divided House yesterday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political … 0

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released yesterday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that … 0