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Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, which likely weighed 45-75 pounds, probably occupied a branch of the evolutionary tree right beside a broad group that has since radiated out into the modern rhinoceros, horse and hippopotamus, according to a study published online last week in the journal Nature Communications. Cambaytherium thewissi, …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price of the luxury sedan. Or a battery able to provide many times more energy than today’s technology at significantly lower prices, meaning longer-lasting and less expensive power for cellphones, laptops and the home. Those are among the goals …

PBS Launches New Math Series for Kids in ‘Odd Squad’

Monday, November 24, 2014

Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that features an agency run by kids who use math to deal with oddities in their …

Reversing a Medical Procedure Gone Wrong

Sunday, November 23, 2014

St. Louis — A glass box engraved with “Another girl slayed by the sling slayer” sits outside the surgeon’s office. A patient was so grateful after Dr. Dionysios Veronikis removed her painful pelvic mesh, she gave the box …

Dow, S&P 500 Hit More Record Highs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The stock market closed out its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index carved out all-time highs, extending the market’s gains for the week. It was the third record close for the Dow …

U.S. OK’d To Remain At War

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Washington — The United States will remain in an armed conflict in Afghanistan — essentially at war — after the end of this year under rules for combat operations the Pentagon requested, and President Obama approved, early this month. Senior administration officials said that Obama agreed that U.S. …

Kerry: ‘Serious Gaps’ Hinder Talks With Iran

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vienna — Negotiators working to slow Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions pressed forward with talks Saturday amid indications that they are at an impasse with two days left before a deadline for an accord. In brief remarks before going into a closed-door meeting, Secretary of State John …

No Ferguson Decision Yet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely …

California Indian Casinos in Turmoil

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coarsegold, Calif. — When it comes to controlling California’s flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and …

Cleanup on, Flood Threat Looms After Huge N.Y. Storm

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Buffalo, N.Y. — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs. After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of …

Cayetana, Spain’s Duchess of Alba Known for Flair, Is Dead at 88

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Spanish Duchess of Alba, whose profusion of noble titles, wealth and flair made her the subject of fascination in Spain and beyond, particularly after her recent marriage to a commoner 24 years her junior, died Nov. 19 at her Duenas palace in Seville of pneumonia. She was …

Lyme Disease Researcher Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hamilton, Mont. — The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel said Wilhelm “Willy” Burgdorfer died from complications of Parkinson’s …

Peter Capaldi Muses on His First Year as ‘Doctor Who’

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finishing out his first season as Doctor Who, lead actor Peter Capaldi feels he’s living a dream and having a “fabulous” time. “I get up at half-six in the morning,” he says, “and by 7 o’clock I’m fighting …