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Study: Deep-Sea Octopus Takes 4.5 Years to Hatch Eggs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Deep sea octopods could guard their eggs for as long as 4 1/2 years, longer than any known animal — and more than twice as long as the average lifespan of their shallow-sea cousins. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute report that one female was observed tending the same clutch of eggs for 53 months. Led by Bruce Robison, a …

Senate Acts On College Sex Assaults

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington — A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation to streamline how colleges handle cases of sexual assault. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would increase penalties for colleges that break federal laws and, among other provisions, mandate that they establish confidential advocates on all campuses for students affected by sexual violence. “We are done with the days of asking victims …

House Overhauls Veteran Affairs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington — By a 420-5 vote, the House on Wednesday approved a $16.3 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and speed up veterans’ access to health care. The reform measure still needs to be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the president’s desk. Lawmakers have been racing to agree on a package before their scheduled August …

Video of OKC Bombing Sought

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oklahoma City — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy …

U.S. Says Satellite Photos Show Russia Shelling Into Ukraine

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Satellite photos show that Russia has shelled across the border into Ukraine, the Obama administration said, as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said signs of heavy fighting prevented investigators from reaching the crash site of Malaysian Air Flight 17. “Russian forces have fired across the …

Beware of ‘ObamaCare’ Auto Renewal

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by …

Iraq’s Maliki Could Be Forced Out Soon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baghdad — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s days at the helm of his country appear to be numbered after his own party seemed resigned to finding another candidate for the post, releasing a statement urging politicians not to “cling” to their positions. Shiite politicians were meeting Sunday night …

Trial in Salmonella Deaths to Start in Georgia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlanta — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia. A federal indictment unsealed in February …

NASA: Solar Storm Barely Missed Earth

Monday, July 28, 2014

Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report. “I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” physicist Daniel Baker …

Casinos Not Gold For Atlantic City

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlantic City, N.J. — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn’t look pretty. …

Effectiveness of Whooping Cough Vaccine is Studied in Vt.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Montpelier — Scientists and public health officials are studying a Vermont whooping cough epidemic to determine if the current vaccine is less effective against a new strain sweeping the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Health Department are examining the records of 854 …

Lawmakers Have Tentative Deal on VA Fixes

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal today. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who lead the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs …

Ebola Kills Liberian Doctor, Two Americans Also Infected

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak …