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Powerball jackpot jumps to $1.4 billion

The record Powerball jackpot surged to $1.4 billion Monday as people across the country bought their tickets, officials confirmed.<p>"This is a world record jackpot," Texas Lottery Commission media relations director Kelly Cripe announced. The lump-sum payout jumped to $868 million.<p>No one matched all …

Mexico begins process of extraditing drug kingpin El Chapo to the US

Mexican agents assigned to Interpol served two arrest warrants to the drug lord on Sunday after he was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt<p>Mexico has begun the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States after the famed fugitive was recaptured …

Scientists just discovered this African parrot is actually a new species

The Cape Parrot, a largish bird native to the forests of South Africa, has long been considered, along with the brown-necked parrot and the grey-headed parrot, to be a subspecies of <i>Poicephalus robustus</i>. But a genetic analysis suggests that the Cape Parrot is its own distinct species, one that …

Conservation

American Sniper Screenwriter Nixed Chris Kyle's Death in Script for the Sake of Kyle's Kids

The filmmakers behind <i>American Sniper</i> left out Chris Kyle‘s violent murder at the end of the blockbuster movie for the sake of his two kids, says …

Scientists genetically modify bacteria to detect & treat intestinal diseases, incl cancer

Bacteria in the human digestive system can be programmed to register, report and even treat diseases as grave as cancer. All it takes is a little bit …

MH370 Flaperon Is Confirmed as First Debris from Missing Malaysia Flight

PARIS, France — The Boeing 777 wing part found on the remote Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from missing flight MH370, French authorities said Thursday after almost one month of forensic analysis.<p>Investigators were finally able to match a serial number on the flaperon, which washed shore on …

U.S. Transportation Secretary: Self-Driving Car Rules Are Coming -- Eventually (Q&A)

Anthony Foxx wants to be an ally to tech companies plowing into transit.<p>If tech companies keep burrowing into the car industry, they should get to know Anthony Foxx.<p>Foxx, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation since 2013, is certainly itching to know tech. He spoke at CES on …

Autonomous Cars

Swagway develops new hoverboard that won't explode and burn your house down

LAS VEGAS — Johnny Zhu doesn’t want to be photographed. He is a private man. At least that’s what the nattily-dressed 45 year-old CEO of Swagway …

Pope Francis is the fourth pontiff to visit U.S.

Pope Francis, who landed at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews from Cuba on Tuesday afternoon to kick off a six-day visit, is making his first-ever trip …

Christianity

If life exists on Mars, it could pose a problem for our exploration of the planet

NASA announced last month that they found flowing water on Mars. The discovery is our best evidence yet that the planet supports life, but as science journalist Carl Zimmer explains, life on Mars could be a problem for our exploration of the planet.<p>Zimmer is a columnist for The New York Times and …