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US and Cuba to hold talks on opening embassies

<b>The US State Department has said that US and Cuban negotiators will meet next Thursday to discuss re-establishing embassies in each other's capitals.</b><p>The talks will focus on the practical measures needed to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington.<p>Although relations have improved in recent months a …

Cuba

Cybersecurity Companies Point To More Aggressive Hacking By China

New types of attacks led by groups based out of China have been highlighted in reports by Kaspersky and FireEye.<p>SAN FRANCISCO – A cyber-espionage group targeting government, military and civil organizations around Asia for much of the past five years used sophisticated spear phishing emails to lure …

Suspected Submarine Fired On By Finnish Navy Off Helsinki

Authorities in Finland have reported that the country’s navy fired depth charges at a suspected submarine located in the waters off Helsinki, after …

China concerned about possible US patrols around islands

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday expressed "serious concern" about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign …

China

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Health Care

Nepal Hit by 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake; Dozens Confirmed Dead

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday, killing dozens of people and triggering renewed panic on the devastated streets of Kathmandu.<p>The temblor came less than three weeks after 8,000 people died when a 7.8-magnitude quake rocked the Himalayan country on April 25.<p>“It was completely …

Natural Disasters

Why Kim Kardashian Can’t Write Good

Essay-level writing as a basic skill is no longer the norm. Speaking is, however, and that style has influenced our writing. Get over it, grammarians.<p>…

Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade<p>Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.<p>In an unorthodox move, …

Nanotech

Cooked Meals and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Space Science

Tornadoes Wreak Havoc in Midwest

Farmhouses

A Russian submarine may have nearly capsized a fishing boat in the Irish Sea

The 80-ton trawler was fishing for prawns in international waters in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Britain when an object believed to be a submarine became entangled in the ship's nets. The ensuing moments played out like a Hollywood scene as the submarine began to tow the trawler …

North Sea

Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente — and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.<p>"Bienvenido (welcome)!" Francis said in his native …

Cuba

San Jose police defend videotaped arrest of suspect being beaten | Ars Technica

"We have nothing to hide about this particular incident," department says.<p>The San Jose Police Department is defending its actions during the beating …

Crime

Election 2015: SNP on course to wipe out Labour in Scotland, putting future of Union back in doubt

Saving the Union would have to be number one priority for any new government if exit poll is right, says Tory election strategist Lord Strathclyde<p>The Scottish National Party was on course for a virtual clean sweep of Westminster seats in Scotland after the exit poll predicted Nicola Sturgeon would …

California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.<p>The State Water Resources Control Board …

Snorkeling

26 million consumers lack credit history, bureau finds

About 1 in 10 Americans have no credit history, according to a new report.<p>The report, released this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, found that 26 million Americans are "credit invisible," meaning they have no credit history with a nationwide consumer reporting agency.<p>At the same …

Study Says Carbon Dioxide Cutbacks Could Save 3,500 Lives a Year

Clean Power Plan

HBO Shouldn't Rush 'Game Of Thrones'

<i>Spoilers through Season 5 and the corresponding books follow.</i><p>It would be nice if <i>Game of Thrones</i> just lasted forever. But that’s a less-than-realistic wish.<p>Earlier, Paul Tassi made a very interesting argument about HBO’s fantasy drama.<p>He believes, based on how quickly the show has moved along so far …

TV Series

'Game Of Thrones' Season 5, Episode 4 Review: Sons Of The Harpy

<i>Spoilers through Season 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’ follow.</i><p>In many ways, tonight’s episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i> may be the most important episode in the show so far.<p>I say this because of two conversations we were privy to, the first between Littlefinger and Sansa, and the second between Barristan and</b> …

TV Series

Royal baby: London gun salutes mark birth of princess

<b>Gun salutes have taken place in London to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby girl.</b><p>Volleys were fired by soldiers in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to honour the arrival of the new princess.<p>Prince William and Catherine have not yet announced the name of their second child, …

Buckingham Palace

US says no Syrian civilians killed in coalition air strike

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor director Rami Abdel Rahman had told AFP that seven children were among the dead from US-led coalition strikes overnight Thursday into Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province.<p>He had warned the toll could rise as rescuers were battling to save …

Middle East

Death toll rises in Nigeria as captives are rescued from Boko Haram

Even with the crackle of gunfire signalling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armoured car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.<p>Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with …

Africa

Ethiopian Israelis clash with police as anti-racism rally turns violent

Tensions boil over in central Tel Aviv on Sunday after footage emerged last week of an Ethiopian Israeli in an army uniform being beaten by police<p>Police on horseback charged at hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens in central Tel Aviv on Sunday as an anti-racism protest descended into one of the …

Israel

Islamic State 'executes 300 Yazidi hostages in Iraq'

Militants shot to death captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, according to the Yazidi Progress Party, the latest mass killing carried out by the extremists targeting the sect<p>Hundreds of captive Yazidis have been shot and killed by Islamic State jihadis near Mosul, <b>Iraq</b>, according to …

Florida Bans the Term "Climate Change"; or, Orwell Visits Miami

Florida has banned the phrase "climate change," at least as far as the staff of the state's environmental agency are concerned. Also "global warming." And "sustainability" is verboten, too, according to an investigative report in the <i>Miami Herald</i>.<p>This policy seems to have started in 2011, when …

Climate

'We need help': Aid scarce in quake-hit Nepal villages

PAUWATHOK, Nepal (AP) — At the entrance of this destroyed mountain village stands a wooden sign cobbled together from the debris of homes flattened by Nepal's devastating earthquake. Its message: "WE NEED HELP. PLEASE HELP."<p>A steep winding road leads up to the ruins of the small village of …

Natural Disasters

Beyond Hashtag Activism

A new generation of civil-rights leaders is leading the movement that first coalesced after the shooting of Michael Brown, and taking to the streets to press its cause.<p>If you've heard of Joseph Kent, you probably only learned his name in the last couple of days. Late Tuesday night, a CNN camera …

Justice