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New NATO secretary-general: better ties with Russia possible

NATO's new chief struck a more conciliatory tone on Russia, saying there is a chance for improved relations.

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Read more »

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New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

NATO's new secretary-general on Wednesday struck a more conciliatory tone on Russia, saying there is now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West. Read more »

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. Read more »

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Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances

Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile... Read more »

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Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Read more »

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5 more bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36

Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced... Read more »

Sept. 29, 2014

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At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano (+video)

Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash. Read more »

Sept. 28, 2014

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Influence game: Government takes on the Internet

Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faste Read more »

Sept. 28, 2014

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US judge refuses to halt fracking in Nevada

A federal judge has refused to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could harm sage grouse and cause more environmental... Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America

An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and... Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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Poll: Confused by issues of the day? Join the club

Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates? Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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Eradicating potato pest is tough going in Idaho

A team of scientists at the University of Idaho is trying to find a way to stop a microscopic parasite that damages potato crops and has now infested 2,400 acres in southeastern Idaho. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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German military struggles with hardware problems

First a group of German army instructors got stranded in Bulgaria en route to Iraq when their plane malfunctioned. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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Expanded US ocean preserve to be world's largest

Thousands of miles off America's shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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India releases blurry image of giant Mars craters

India's space agency released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the nation's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet. Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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Proposal: Media needs permit to film in wilderness

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing permanent new rules that would require media organizations to obtain a permit to film and shoot photographs in more than 100 million acres of the nation's... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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8 ways Facebook could destroy your marriage

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Facebook has been known to hurt some marriages. Here are eight things to watch out for so your marriage doesn't fall apart. Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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South Africa: Rescuers amputate leg to save man

South African rescue workers recently performed surgery on the side of a cliff, amputating the leg of a man whose foot was jammed between rocks in a drama reminiscent of the ordeal of Aron Ralston,... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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Indonesia enlists wasps in war on crop killer

They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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Rockefeller family, synonymous with oil, turns its back on fossil fuels

On Monday, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a private charitable foundation that controls nearly $900 million in assets, said it is “moving soberly, but with real commitment” to remove... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple

Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from... Read more »

Sept. 23, 2014

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India successfully puts spacecraft in Mars' orbit

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Read more »

Sept. 23, 2014

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UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders at a climate summit to set a new course for a warming world and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases. Read more »

Sept. 23, 2014

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