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White House Finalizes Rule On Clean Water

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Washington — The White House on Wednesday finalized a rule intended to strengthen and clarify the Clean Water Act, setting up a clash with Republicans in Congress and the agriculture industry. The rule is designed to help federal officials clarify and simplify which bodies of water fall under the control of the Clean Water Act, the pivotal 1972 environmental law. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — …

Newer Types of Birth Control Pills Raise Blood Clot Risk

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Women who take newer types of birth control pills face a higher risk of developing blood clots than women who take older types, researchers said Tuesday, providing what some called “clarifying” evidence that more modern contraceptives designed as safer options may in fact pose more risk than earlier formulations. Poring over two medical records databases to study more than 50,000 15- to 49-year-old …

Scientists Discover Possible New Human Ancestor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A potential new hominin has been discovered, giving the first indication that the human family was full of variety long before our own genus came along. Australopithecus deyiremeda, described for the first time in a paper published Wednesday in Nature, lived at the same time — and in the same place — as the species Australopithecus afarensis. That means the famous “Lucy” shared …

IRS: Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where …

Scientists Are Successfully Using Herpes to Treat Skin Cancer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In a few months’ time, those suffering from skin cancer may find an unlikely hero in their treatment regimen: herpes. A modified version of the Herpes Simplex 1 virus (known for causing cold sores and some cases of genital herpes) called T-Vec has successfully been used to treat …

Obama Urges Senate To Renew NSA Program

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington — President Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records. “This needs to get done,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s necessary to keep the …

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning …

Native American Schools Due for Repair

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — Official Washington has rarely paid much attention to the Bureau of Indian Education, a long-dysfunctional corner of the federal bureaucracy that is responsible for overseeing nearly 200 schools serving approximately 50,000 Native American children in 23 states. But now that might be changing. President Obama is …

Campaign Ramps Up To Teach Computer Science

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Code.org, the nonprofit organization that has gotten children as young as 5 years old to try computer coding, has joined with the College Board to try to expand computer education in U.S. public schools, particularly to girls and minorities. Seattle-based Code.org, founded by two tech entrepreneurs, and the …

Obama Seeks New EPA Water Rule

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the …

Obama, U.S. Honor Fallen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arlington, Va. — President Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years …

13 Killed by Twister in Mexico; 12 Missing in Texas Floodwater

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ciudad Acuna, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In …

Iraq, Iran Reply to Criticism

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baghdad — Iraq and Iran pushed back Monday against U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s criticisms over the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group, with an Iranian general going as far as saying America had “no will” to fight the extremists. In Baghdad, a spokesman for Iraq’s …