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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 …

Breathtaking and High Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New York — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens …

Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ Doesn’t Quite Fit the Bill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a veteran with 23 years of service, and I’m uncomfortable with the traditional “Happy Memorial Day” greeting that the news and entertainment media have foisted upon the public. However, I do not know what is actually acceptable to use in its place. Are …

Night Crew Keeps U.S. Icon in Capitol Shape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — It’s 2 a.m. and the only noise in the Senate’s vast Kennedy Caucus Room is the soft wipe of a duster on marble. A lone figure with a spray bottle is busy in the wee-hours hush, …

Using the ‘Crowd’ To Choose the Best Seeds For the Soil

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steve Pitstick has been farming for 42 years. He grows corn and soybean in Illinois. Pitstick, who has always been tech savvy, recalls using PC cards to transport data from his farming equipment to his beige PC. As the digital revolution has unfolded, Pitstick has watched it get …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Outside-the-Box Thinking by Honda

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions. While successful, the model lacked the conservative, sophisticated elegance that buyers had …

Your Place: Avoid ‘Green Guilt’ Trip

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I hope I am not being too personal, but do you recycle? If not, are you experiencing “green guilt”? You knew someone would come up with a syndrome for people who want to recycle but forget to or don’t have the time, correct? In this case, it’s experienced …

Hero’s Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Grandson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost …

U.S. Producers Fear Retaliation Over Labeling Law

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — California ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to peel away a country-of-origin labeling law they fear will hurt the state. Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a World Trade Organization ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for …

‘Harvey Girls’ Honored For Role in U.S. History

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Santa Fe, n.m. — New Mexico recognized the legacy of the Harvey Girls on Saturday, the thousands of women credited with helping transform the West by taking waitressing jobs along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line. Gov. Susana Martinez and the mayors of Santa Fe and …