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Don't Be Fooled. Homicides In Schools Are Still Rare.

School violence tends to follow national crime trends, experts say.<p>On Thursday, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, brought guns to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and opened fire on unsuspecting students and instructors. He killed 10 people, including himself.<p>One day earlier, a South Dakota student shot …

Iran's supreme leader: No more talks with the U.S.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday banned his country from any more negotiations with the United States, less than three months after Iran and six world powers reached a landmark agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.<p>"There is a reason for our objection to negotiations with the …

Google’s $30m race to the moon is ready for lift-off

Israeli non-profit space exploration company SpaceIL has announced that it’s become the first company to successfully deliver a launch contract in pursuit of Google’s $30 million lunar XPRIZE payout.<p>Google has supported the lunar XPRIZE initiative since 2007 to try and spur “a new era of affordable …

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Social networks: taking the law into your own hands

Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva. This quiet town was recently shaken by a violent robbery attempt against one of its jewelry stores. The owner managed to catch one of the thieves but two others escaped.<p>When the owner’s son arrived at the store, he found his father injured. His first reaction …

America Might Get Its First New Marine Sanctuaries In 15 Years

Shipwrecked heaven<p>As the world becomes increasingly connected by trains, planes, automobiles, and massive boats, governments and activists are increasingly looking to create pockets of peace and quiet, even in the deep blue sea.<p>Chile just announced the creation of the largest marine sanctuary in …

Israel could send the first privately-funded mission to the Moon on a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceIL — a competitor in the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge — is the first team to book a ride off the planet<p>SpaceIL — an Israeli nonprofit competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition — will use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch its lunar lander into space, the group announced today in …

Israeli XPrize Team Becomes First To Book A Ticket To The Moon

New race to the moon heats up<p>A privately funded spacecraft is officially scheduled to launch to the moon in late 2017. The Google Lunar Xprize competition announced this morning that a team from Israel is the first to verify a launch contract to leave Earth. SpaceIL's spacecraft will ride to the …

Carson defends his criticism of Oregon shooting victims

Ben Carson clarified Wednesday what he meant when he said the previous day that he would “not just stand there” if he were part of a group attacked by a gunman.<p>"Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," he had said Tuesday during an …

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Obama apologizes to head of Doctors Without Borders for strike on hospital

By Missy Ryan and<p>Missy Ryan<p>Reporter covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Daniela Deane<p>Daniela Deane<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>President Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for an airstrike that killed 12 aid workers and 10 patients in Afghanistan, even as …

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Rihanna speaks out about how society blames victims of abuse

When Rihanna briefly got back together with Chris Brown after he violently assaulted her in 2009, many were quick to condemn her for returning to him. But when victims of domestic abuse often blame themselves for something that is never their fault, as well as feeling the misplaced blame from …

Palestinian Unrest Leaves 970 Injured Since Weekend: Red Crescent

World<p>TEL AVIV — Israel's prime minister urged citizens to be on "maximum alert" amid a wave of stabbings, shooting and clashes which injured at least 75 people on Wednesday.<p>Israeli police said that a “terrorist” stabbed a man “seriously” at the entrance of a mall in central Israel on Wednesday …

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This Drone-Mounted Cannon Fires Irradiated Moths At Crops

Look out below!<p>Keeping moths away from cotton is typically seen as a good thing. But the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has other ideas. In a pilot program, they're using drones to drop thousands of lab-grown pink bollworm moths directly onto the cotton fields.<p>Drones are a cheaper …

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Ben Carson Defends Controversial Comments About Oregon Shooting

"I want to plant in people’s minds what to do in a situation like this."<p>Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday defended controversial comments he made about the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.<p>"The shooter can only shoot one person at a time," Carson argued on CBS' "This …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The European Court of Justice ruled that the "Safe Harbor" agreement used by US tech companies to send data between the US and Europe is invalid.</b> That could cause trouble for companies like Facebook and Google if European countries insist they store European user data locally.<p><b>2. Microsoft held</b> …

The Islamic State Is Raping 8-Year-Olds. And the World Is Doing Nothing.

Last week I arrived back home to Iraqi Kurdistan, exhausted but proud of a small but real triumph over the Islamic State. Three women and two toddlers came back with me—five human beings just rescued from enslavement by ISIL. For over a year, they were abused, raped and traded fighter to fighter …

The 25 most ruthless leaders of all time

But while we can argue the validity and virtue of certain political agendas, the callous methods by which some leaders attain their goals are less up to interpretation.<p>After all, no matter how a historian tries to spin it, ordering a tower to be constructed out of live men stacked and cemented …

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The 13 richest countries where people have the least trust in their politicians

One of these is how much the public trusts its politicians.<p>The WEF used its executive opinion survey to ask "in your country, how do you rate the ethical standards of politicians?"<p>A score of 1 equates to "extremely low" while a rating of 7 is "extremely high."<p>The measure is therefore based on the …

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