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Creationism Adherent Stumbles Upon a Major Fossil Find

Friday, May 29, 2015

Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn’t into the whole evolution thing. In fact, he’s on the board of directors of Big Valley’s Creation Science Museum, a place meant to rival local scientific institutions. Adhering to the most extreme form of religious creationism, the exhibits “prove” that the Earth is only around 6,000 years old, and that humans and dinosaurs co-existed. Unfortunately, Nernberg just dug up a 60-million-year-old fish. Local outlets report that …

U.S. Removes Cuba From Terror List

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — The United States has taken Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a step that authorities in Havana had insisted upon in advance of the reopening of embassies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the order Friday, 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress that it would remove Cuba from the list. The State Department determined that …

Number of Teens Killed, Injured in Car Crashes Drops Sharply

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — There has been a striking drop in the number of people killed and injured in teenage car crashes in the past 20 years, but no one seems certain just why. Safety features like air bags may be a factor, along with license restrictions on new teen drivers. Gas costs a lot more than the $1.11 per gallon in 1994. And the …

Man Behind Silk Road Site Gets Life in Prison

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ross William Ulbricht, the San Francisco man convicted of running an underground website that allowed drug dealers to peddle their wares to countless customers online, will spend the rest of his life in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison Friday, according …

Cancer Care Getting More Expensive

Friday, May 29, 2015

New York — Gale Tickner doesn’t even know how much money she owes these days — it could be $100,000, it could be $200,000. With every surgery or unexpected complication, the medical bills for her cancer treatment keep piling up. Tickner has health insurance, but the numerous copayments …

Poland, Lithuania Want U.S. Bases to Counter Putin

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — Officials in Lithuania and Poland told Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin they’re concerned enough about the threat posed by Russia that they want to host U.S. military bases. The Illinois Democrat traveled to the two NATO member states, as well as to Ukraine, during the …

FBI: DNA Lab Errors Extend to 1999

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — The FBI has notified crime labs across the country that it has discovered errors in data used by forensic scientists in thousands of cases to calculate the chances that DNA found at a crime scene matches a particular person, several people familiar with the issue said. …

FIFA President Survives Election

Friday, May 29, 2015

As the delegates for world soccer’s governing body counted votes in the next room, Sepp Blatter prayed. While Blatter’s reelection as president of FIFA was widely expected, the 79-year-old Swiss native admitted he felt nervous after a week in which several of his lieutenants were led from a …

Soccer Chief Defies Calls To Step Down

Friday, May 29, 2015

Zurich — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all …

Early Start to HIV Drugs Cut Risk of Death, Illness in Half

Friday, May 29, 2015

An international clinical trial involving nearly 5,000 people with HIV confirms that treatment with antiretroviral drugs should begin sooner rather than later, the National Institutes of Health announced this week. In fact, the benefits of early therapy were so clear that the study was stopped early so that …

U.S. to ‘Fine Tune’ Iraq Policy

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the …

Ex-U.S. Speaker Faces Indictment

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chicago — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. …

Anthrax Mishap Stirs Questions in Congress

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — Military officials said Thursday that the Pentagon was in close contact with officials at research labs in California, Texas and seven other states that received potentially live anthrax spores, but they refused to identify the labs or to disclose how many people were being treated with …