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This handout photo provided by Daniel A. Fletcher shows a Cellscope being used in an outdoor setting. Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites _ by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central Africa _ some devastating infections caused by tiny parasitic worms. (Daniel A. Fletcher, UC Berkeley via AP)

A Smartphone Microscope Can Detect Blood Parasites In Blood

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central …

Variety of Attractions in Paris Are Best Enjoyed on Foot

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Paris — The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 5 miles from north to south, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot. So walk round the winding cobbled streets of panoramic Montmartre or stroll through the historic Marais with its devastatingly chic fashion boutiques. And for budget-conscious foodies — forgo …

Separated Sisters Finally Get Closure on VH1 Reality Show

Saturday, May 23, 2015

High school students Robin Jeter and Jordan Dickerson made headlines across the country in spring 2013 when they found themselves in a situation that resembled a movie. Their respective Washington, D.C., high school track teams were competing against each other; people started pointing out that they looked alike; and, lo and behold, it turned out they were long-lost sisters. It wasn’t quite as …

Senate Gives Obama Authority on Trade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure Thursday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s …

Report: Privacy Rules Slow to be Implemented

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The Justice Department flouted for seven years a provision requiring it to create privacy rules for use of an intelligence-gathering tool authorized by the USA Patriot Act, the department’s inspector general said in a new report. The law in question is Section 215 of the Patriot …

Fabled Syria Ruins, Artifacts Under Islamic State Control

Friday, May 22, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State militants have entered the museum in the captured Syrian city of Palmyra, but there was no immediate word about the fate of precious artifacts or of the fabled ruins outside town, Syria’s antiquities chief …

School Security Is Up, And Violence Is Down

Friday, May 22, 2015

The rate of violent incidents in the nation’s public schools fell between the 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 school years, a period in which security measures such as surveillance cameras became more widespread, according to new federal data released Thursday. The reported reduction in violence comes even as high-profile crimes, …

Complaints Lead to Shorter Common Core Tests

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Common Core-aligned tests that made their debut in 11 states and the District of Columbia this spring will be approximately 90 minutes shorter next year, a change that comes after parents, teachers and school administrators expressed frustration with the amount of time devoted to the new exams. …

Bin Laden Read Up on America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Months before he was finally found by the CIA and killed, Osama bin Laden wrote that it might be time for him to move. In a letter voicing deep frustration with the isolation at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the al-Qaida leader contemplated a departure that might have …

What We Can Learn From Osama Bin Laden’s Reading List

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What does Osama bin Laden’s reading list have to tell us? Made public Wednesday morning by the office of the director of national intelligence, it lists 103 documents, from U.S. government reports to published works of nonfiction that reveal bin Laden to be a smart and educated adversary, …

U.S. Official: Iraq Reeling From Islamic State Offensive

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington — Iraq’s security forces are reeling from last week’s ferocious Islamic State takeover of the capital of Iraq’s largest province and must regroup before even thinking of staging a counterattack, a senior State Department official said Wednesday in the Obama administration’s most sober assessment to date of …

BP Oil Spill Linked to Gulf Dolphin Die-Off, Study Finds

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Scientists looking into the longest-running dolphin die-off on record in the Gulf of Mexico say that oil from the BP drilling disaster likely played a “significant” role in killing many of them. In a study published Wednesday, a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

Day Care Sex-Abuse Conviction Tossed

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Austin, Texas — Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday threw out the 1992 sexual assault convictions against Dan and Fran Keller but declined to find the former Austin day-care center owners innocent of crimes linked to a now-discredited belief that secret satanic cults were abusing day care children …