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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, an Indian rickshaw puller sits a top the passenger seat to protect himself  during heavy downpour in Allahabad, India. Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, intense rain in parts of the United States and India, and severe droughts in California and New Zealand. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

Monday, September 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, intense rain in parts of the United States and India, and severe … 0

Recessions prompt women to opt out of motherhood

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in … 0

Road salt in the wound

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — in some cases, five times as expensive as last season. And that’s even if they can get it. Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, … 0

FBI: About a dozen Americans fighting in Syria

Thursday, September 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans the government believes is fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria is almost one-tenth the number cited by government officials and lawmakers for months. There are about 12 Americans believed to be fighting in Syria right now, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. … 0

Drones left out of air traffic plans

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in … 0

How imminent is an ‘imminent’ attack threat?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Smart people in the administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt “imminent attack plotting” against U.S. and Western interests. They warned … 0

Businesses won’t have to return BP spill payouts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stand by the agreement it made with the companies it … 0

Islamic State allies strike

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France’s airstrikes on the Islamic State group, in a sign of the possible widening of the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the … 0

Crash course

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LONDON — They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged. The frequent fliers were all smiling and laughing — and quietly hoping … 0

Fleeing to Islamic State

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ISTANBUL — The Islamic State group is run by religious zealots and marked by war, mass killings, crucifixions and beheadings. But for a growing number of fundamentalist Muslim families, the group’s territory is home. “Who says children here … 0

Is bouncing back in your blood?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — One of the big frustrations of surgery: There’s little way to know if you’ll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Now Stanford University researchers … 0

US issues new rules for university germ research

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving dangerous germs that could raise biosecurity concerns, imposing new safety rules on universities and other institutions where such work is done. Wednesday’s move follows controversy over creation of a more easily transmitted form of bird … 0

Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration’s top official to step down, saying the agency’s policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than … 0