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Illegal use of drugs among American workers has dropped, study says

Illegal use of drugs among American workers has dropped sharply in the last 25 years, according to a new study.<p>The percentage of the U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs such as cocaine and marijuana dropped to 3.5% last year, from 13.6% in 1988, according to the analysis from medical testing …

Briton 'doing his duty' by fighting for group linked to al-Qaeda in Syria

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1030000/1030120_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518136027_1a27c00938cd747fe507705cf0bba526<p><b>A British man in Syria has told the BBC why he is fighting for a group linked to al-Qaeda.</b><p>Ifthekar Jaman, 23, from Southsea, Hampshire, told Newsnight …

Organ transplants between HIV-positive patients now possible thanks to new law

The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act has been signed into law by Barack Obama<p>It's a starkly utilitarian idea: if you are already infected with HIV, receiving a transplant from another HIV-positive person doesn't threaten to make your life any worse; if anything, it could help prolong it. That's the …

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.<p>"No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according to these national education initiatives with their standards and testing, is …

North Korea

Chemist Pleads Guilty In Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

A former chemist for the state of Massachusetts' crime labs pleaded guilty Friday to falsifying drugs tests that potentially compromised tens of thousands of criminal cases. WBUR reports she admitted all 27 counts against her.<p><b>Update at 4:40 p.m. ET: Prison Sentence Of 3-5 Years</b><p>Judge Carol Ball …

Massachusetts Teacher Murder: Note on Body Says, 'I Hate You All'

The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and …

Crime

More School, Less Spirit: Why Young People Are Drinking Less Alcohol

College kids on both sides of the Atlantic are drinking much less than they did 30 years ago. But the true teetotalers here are non-college kids.<p>British undergrads these days are suspiciously sober, says the <i>Financial Times</i>. And pub owners think they know the culprit. It's tuition.<p>The British …

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.<p>If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.<p>Well, it fizzled.<p>But we do want to make sure everyone knows about comet ISON, which as …

How Thieves Stole $1 Million In Bitcoins From A 'Bitcoin Bank'

The crooks walked away with 1,295 bitcoins, BIPs founder and CEO Kris Henriksen, told his customers via a post to the company's online forums. That's about $990,00 based on today's value of Bitcoins on Coindesk (about $760 per coin).<p>BIPs offered a service that lets merchants accept bitcoins and …

Bitcoin

FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete …

Sergey Brin

Princeton To Distribute Meningitis B Vaccine

Princeton University has decided to distribute a vaccine for meningitis B that has not been approved for use in the United States.<p>As we've reported, the New Jersey university has seen seven cases of bacterial meningitis since March.<p>In a statement, the university said once it receives final approval …

Associated Press News

Facebook defends allowing beheadings footage to continue

<b>Facebook will continue to allow users to show footage of beheadings as long as it is posted in "the right context", MPs have heard.</b><p>The social network site has been criticised for allowing such images to be shown, amid warnings they could cause psychological damage.<p>But Facebook's UK and Ireland …

Internet

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

Scotland

Incredible colorized historical photos

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945<p>Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937<p>Japanese Archers circa 1860<p>View from Capitol in Nashville, …

Blinded by the Light

Traveling with Messenger to the planet closest to the Sun would have been a nightmare vacation. The trip takes years and then the weather on arrival …

Crater Burning for Over 40 Years is a "Door to Hell"

<i>Door to Hell</i> is an aptly named natural gas field in the Karakum Desert of Darweze, Turkmenistan that has been burning for over forty years. The flaming crater was originally a level surface identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area rich in gas resources. Unfortunately, the ground collapsed …

Reddit

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

Associated Press News

Alzheimer's patients' brains boosted by belting out Sound of Music

Four-month study finds mental performance of people with dementia improves after singing classic hits from musicals<p>Belting out classic numbers from hit musicals can boost the brain function of people with Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers who worked with elderly residents at a US care …

Vatican to Show St. Peter’s Bones

Exercise during pregnancy gives babies' brains a boost

Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise!<p>Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens, middle-aged adults and kids. …

Pediatrics

North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says

As many as 80 people were publicly executed in North Korea earlier this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible.<p>South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported that the so-called criminals were put to death in seven cities across North Korea on Nov. 3, …

German government unveils details of 'Nazi art'

Almost 600 works of art discovered in Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt may have been stolen by Nazis<p>Bowing to demands from Jewish groups and art experts, the German government has made public the details of paintings in a recovered trove of about 1,400 pieces of art, many of which may have …

Polio Virus Strain In Syria Originated In Pakistan, WHO Says

By Stephanie Nebehay<p>GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.<p>Genetic sequencing shows the …

Romans 'destroyed Portus palace as barbarians approached'

The grand imperial palace was razed to the ground to prevent it falling into the hands of barbarian hordes, British archaeologists believe<p>Decorated with rich frescoes and multi-coloured mosaics, it was one of the grandest palaces ever built by the Romans.<p>Yet just a few hundred years after it was …

Ancient History