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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 …

Another Republican Enters Crowded Field

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rick Santorum, center, who finished second to Mitt Romney in the 2012 primary race, formally entered the 2016 Republican presidential field on Wednesday in Cabot, Pa. “The last race, we changed the debate. This race, with your help …

Iraq Begins Attack

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beirut — Iraqi military and other pro-government forces on Tuesday launched an offensive, spearheaded by Shiite Muslim militias, to recapture Ramadi from Islamic State fighters who seized the city last week. The state-run media quoted the military command saying “wide-ranging” operations commenced to “liberate” Ramadi, about 60 miles …

Sanders Launches His Bid

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Burlington — Challenging Hillary Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a “political revolution” to transform the nation’s economy and politics. Sanders, …

Appeals Court Rules Against Obama

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow one of President Obama’s signature immigration proposals to move forward, throwing into doubt whether the program will even begin before the president leaves office. In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New …

Floodwaters Deepen in Houston

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Houston — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest …

Feds To Monitor Cleveland Police

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington — Federal monitors will begin closely watching the activities of Cleveland’s beleaguered police department under a settlement announced Tuesday in response to a string of high-profile, racially inflamed incidents that have rattled the community. The agreement reached between the Department of Justice and city of Cleveland mandates …

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 …