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Study Finds That the Dust in Your House Reveals Quite a Bit About You

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Even if you live by yourself, you do not live alone. In a recent analysis of dust samples collected from 1,200 homes across the United States, researchers report that most of us cohabitate with a few thousand species of bacteria and about 2,000 species of fungi. But don’t reach for the scrub brush and disinfectant just yet. “I don’t want any readers to be paranoid about this,” said Noah Fierer, …

Colo. Theater Gunman Gets 12 Lifetimes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The gunman who shot and killed 12 people inside a packed Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012 was formally sentenced Wednesday morning to life in prison without parole. In July, a jury found James Holmes guilty on each of the 165 charges he faced in the case, unanimously rejecting an argument made by his attorneys that he was not guilty by reason of …

S. Sudan Leader Signs Peace Deal

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Juba, South Sudan — South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy. Kiir signed the agreement in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in a ceremony witnessed by regional leaders. Kiir …

Islamic State May Have Used Mustard Gas

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beirut — Doctors and an aid organization said this week that the Islamic State appears to have used mustard gas during an attack last week in northern Syria, a claim that intensifies fears that the extremist group has obtained banned chemical weapons. The incident on Friday apparently involved …

British Admit Big Ben’s Bongs Not Quite on Time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

London — Don’t set your watch by Big Ben. Officials say the famous clock at Britain’s Parliament — used by Londoners for decades to check the time — has recently been slow by as much as six seconds. The 156-year-old clock chimes every 15 minutes and emits deep …

Hezbollah Backs Protests

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beirut — The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has …

U.S. Stocks Extend Losses; Early Rally Fades

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street’s losing streak to six days …

Testers Find Organic Burgers Safer to Eat

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Most people know that you can get sick from eating tainted ground beef. Now a new report has a lot more detail about the safety of ground beef tested across the United States. Some of it has bacteria that produces a toxin that can’t be destroyed, even with …

France Train Suspect Watched Jihadi Video, Prosecutor Says

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paris — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally …

Police Foil Drone Use to Get Drugs Into Prison

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Maryland officials say they thwarted an attempt by at least three men to use a drone to try to carry contraband into a prison, in what is believed to be the first such incident in the state. Authorities said two men were in a car Saturday around 8 …

Iran Deal Picks Up Support After Reid’s Endorsement

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Washington — With Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on board, the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers is picking up momentum to survive fierce opposition from Republican and Israeli opponents. A day after Reid’s announcement that he will back the deal pushed by President Obama, Michigan …

Planned Parenthood Cuts Could Be Illegal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Washington — The secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing how fetal tissue may be used for medical research spurred Republican governors in several states to announce a cutoff of Medicaid funds to the group’s clinics. But it is not clear they are permitted to do so …

Police Say Ashley Madison Hack Might Have Led to Suicides

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Toronto — The hacking of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday. The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a $378,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of members of a group that …