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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — After three weeks and nearly 50 amendment votes, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Passage secured not only a top Republican policy victory, but a political success for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made Keystone his priority. The issue also became the first test of his promise to return the Senate to freewheeling debate and a more open …

Poll: Scientists, Public Divided

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s …

Afghanistan Shooting Kills Three Americans

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kabul — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack. It was unclear how the contractors were attacked. Suspicion fell immediately on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security …

Daily Coffee Drinkers Cut Risk of Melanoma, Study Finds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily coffee consumption may provide protection against malignant melanoma — the worst form of skin cancer — researchers have found in a statistical study involving tens of thousands of java drinkers. Researchers concluded that people who drank the most coffee — about four cups daily of the caffeinated …

Plant-Based Diets Lead to Weight Loss

Monday, January 26, 2015

Evidence that vegetables — the more the merrier — are good for you is legion. And here’s more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than 7 pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans. The study published …

It’s Still the Pirate’s Life for ‘Black Sails’ in Season Two

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Starz found success with its first season of Black Sails through a mix of swashbuckling pirates and women who could kick the swash right out of their buckles. The second season of the series that’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was no …

Obama: Protect Wild Alaska Area

Monday, January 26, 2015

Juneau, Alaska — President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. …

Greeks Reject Austerity in Historic Vote

Monday, January 26, 2015

Athens — After five years of extreme austerity prescribed to treat an epidemic of debt, a battered but defiant Greece on Sunday rejected the medicine. With millions of voters turning out — from graffiti-scarred lanes in the Parthenon’s …

Agreement Will Allow U.S. Sales to Indian Nuclear Plants

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Delhi — President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a deal Sunday to clear the way for American companies to help build India’s energy sector, potentially bringing tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the United States. A nuclear deal in 2008 …

WHO Adopts Reforms to Repair Reputation After Ebola

Monday, January 26, 2015

Geneva — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of …

Balloon Crew Seeks To Break 2 Records

Monday, January 26, 2015

Scores Dead In Nigerian Fighting

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maiduguri, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 125 miles to the south …

Netanyahu Wants to Warn Congress on Iran Deal

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he will go “everywhere I’m invited” to warn against a nuclear deal with Iran, as criticism mounted over his planned speech on the negotiations to the U.S. Congress. “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make …