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FILE - This undated file electronmicrograph from the official U.S. Department of Defense anthrax information Web Site shows Bacillus anthracis vegetative cells in a monkey spleen. Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, June 19, 2014, that some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at some of its labs. (AP Photo/Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, File)

CDC says it improperly sent dangerous pathogens in 5 incidents in past decade

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Federal government laboratories in Atlanta improperly sent potentially deadly pathogens, including anthrax, botulism bacteria and a virulent bird flu virus, to other laboratories in five separate incidents over the past decade, officials said yesterday. The incidents, which raise troubling questions about the government’s ability to safely store and transport dangerous microbes, prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to … 0

College graduates are sorting themselves into elite cities

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 1990, that number … 0

The Mideast: No end seen to Gaza campaign

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory. But a mounting Palestinian civilian death toll is beginning to draw international criticism … 0

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pope Francis begged forgiveness yesterday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. … 0

Gaza militants unleash heavy rocket fire on Israel

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Militants in the Gaza Strip unleashed dozens of rockets on southern Israel last night, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors as the military rushed more forces to the border … 0

Obama seeks better teachers for poor kids

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators. “When a school … 0

States look to gun seizure law after mass killings

Sunday, July 6, 2014

As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago. Connecticut’s law allows … 0

Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Plants can sense and react to temperature changes, harsh winds and even human touch. But can they hear? They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can … 0

Oregon mental hospital to honor ‘forgotten souls’

Sunday, July 6, 2014

They were dubbed the “forgotten souls” – the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon’s state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns. Discovered a decade … 0

U.S. is now world’s biggest oil producer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The United States will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed … 0

TSA: Passengers on U.S.-bound flights must turn on phones before boarding

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights, the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday. The TSA said it is requiring some overseas … 0

Red Cross: 22 dead in attacks on Kenyan coast

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen on the Kenyan coast, the Kenya Red Cross said yesterday. Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed local separatists. The Saturday night attacks left 13 dead in the … 0

6 Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teen

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Israel arrested six Jewish suspects yesterday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive last week – a crime that set off a wave of violent protests in Arab sections of the … 0