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Cleaner Cow Burps Could Help Climate Change

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cows digest their food in four-part stomachs, including a “rumen,” which is a site that allows for fermentation — a process that gives off a lot of carbon dioxide and methane gas, as microorganisms aid in the process of digestion. That gas has to get out of the cow’s body somehow — hence, burps. According to the EPA, so-called “enteric fermentation” in cows and other ruminant animals, like sheep and …

Ebola Vaccine Has Potential

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea. “We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation, said in announcing the results of a preliminary study on …

U.S. Bombs Al-Qaida Group in Syria

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Kilis, Turkey — The U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate Friday after the jihadists acknowledged the abduction of members of an American-backed rebel group. The clashes came as Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida-linked group, claimed the Thursday capture of Nadim al-Hassan, commander of the rebel group known as Division 30, which it said had received U.S. training and was acting of “agents …

Missing Trawlers With Slaves Tracked to Papua New Guinea

Friday, July 31, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar — From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there’s the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood …

Afghan Taliban Confirm Leader’s Death, Choose Successor

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kabul, Afghanistan — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group’s 14-year insurgency. The Afghan Taliban …

Congress Puts Off Messy Decisions

Friday, July 31, 2015

Washington — Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall. Not long after they return in September, lawmakers must vote on President Obama’s nuclear deal with …

Lion-Killing Dentist Feels Backlash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game …

Ohio Cop Indicted in Shooting

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cincinnati — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and …

Nearly Half of States Treat Married Women Differently in Rape Cases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — On Monday, a top adviser to Donald Trump told the Daily Beast, “there’s very clear case law” that a man cannot rape his wife. Of course, that isn’t remotely true. Spousal rape is illegal in the United States. “It’s absolutely shocking to hear an attorney say …

Colo. Shooter’s Parents Speak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son’s campus psychiatrist never told her …

Afghan President Says Taliban Leader Dead

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mumbai, India — As U.S.-backed forces closed in on southern Afghanistan in late 2001, the Taliban leader who lost an eye fighting the Soviet occupation decided not to stay and fight another invader. Mullah Mohammad Omar slipped across …

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On Airliner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

United Nations — Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine attended a meeting …

F-150 Gets Mixed Crash Test Results

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Detroit — Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones. The four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five of the crash tests …