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Two Californians appointed to negotiate final highway bill

Disabled Californians using public transit in Los Angeles County would continue paying the same fees and the state could get a congestion exemption from federal carpool lane rules under a six-year highway funding bill approved by the U.S.<p>House.<p>The House on Thursday voted 363-164 on legislation to …

California

In China, a cremation order has driven some elderly to desperate acts

The so-called funeral reform policy first surfaced in a swirl of rumors and, later, through a terse bulletin posted outside the local government office.<p>Wu Qisi, 94, heard about it from his barber. In response, he decided to die.<p>Wu, a rice farmer, was one of at least seven elderly Anqing residents …

China

In this lab, popping balloons is serious stuff

What happens in the fraction of a second when a balloon goes POP!?<p>It may seem like a trivial question, but the answer could provide a better understanding of how aneurysms burst and why airplanes occasionally fall apart in midair.<p>Yet scientists have spent relatively little time trying to understand …

Citizen Science

Down Under Transportation Infrastructure Is a Priority - Why Isn't It in the U.S.?

I just returned from three weeks in Australia. As an American, it was sobering - bordering on embarrassing - to see the difference between the U.S. and Australia's highway and transportation infrastructure.<p>Every Australian airport was functional, clean and had great service, and every plane I …

Cyclone Chapala may become strongest storm on record in Arabian Sea

<i>UPDATED 5:00 p.m. ET</i>: The latest forecasts maintain Tropical Cyclone Chapala as a strong Category 4 storm through Sunday, but do not bring it to …

Weather

The Supreme Court, 9-0, on student organizations’ “freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate'”

The recent UCLA controversy involving the fraternity and sorority Kim Kardashian/Kanye West party reminded me of the Supreme Court’s most recent pronouncement on university student speech. In that case, <i>Christian Legal Society v. Martinez</i> (2010), the Court held that universities may require student …

Kanye West

Vladimir Putin accuses US of backing terrorism in Middle East

Russian president tells gathering of politicians that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ and acting in self-interest<p>The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has launched a stinging attack on US policy in the Middle East, accusing Washington of backing terrorism and playing a “double game”.<p>In a …

Middle East

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Engineering

US beats Canada, to play Colombia for Rio trip

Second-half goals by Marc Pelosi and Jordan Kiesewetter lifted the United States over Canada 2-0 Tuesday, keeping alive the Americans' hopes of reaching the 2016 Rio Olympic football tournament.<p>The US under-23 side finished third in the North American regional (CONCACAF) men's Olympic qualifying …

Soccer