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Climate change fueled deadly Louisiana rainstorm

Climate change played a major role in the historic rainfall that caused catastrophic flooding in Louisiana last month, nearly doubling the chance of such a deluge taking place, according to a fast-tracked federal report released Wednesday.<p>Many spots picked up more than 2 feet of rain in the state, …

Baton Rouge

Family of L.A. Boy Found Dead in a Closet Had Been Reported to Child Protective Services 6 Times

The family of the allegedly malnourished 11-year-old boy found dead in a closet of his Los Angeles home was the subject of six previous reports to …

Autumnal Sunlight on the Mountaintop [Rf Photo of the Day] | Rangefinder

Photo © Jim Pollard<p>According to Queenstown-based wedding photographer Jim Pollard (an <i>Rf</i> 30 Rising Star of 2015), helicopters are a relatively common …

Kenyans protest over alleged extrajudicial killings of trio by police

Protesters gather in the capital Nairobi following discovery of bodies of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their driver<p>Hundreds of people have marched in Kenya to protest against the apparent extrajudicial killing by police of a human rights lawyer, his client and their driver.<p>Demonstrators in …

Africa

Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows

The land under Beijing is sinking by as much as four inches per year because of the overconsumption of groundwater, according to research published in the journal Remote Sensing this month.<p>The rate of sinking threatens "the safety of the public and urban infrastructure," the study says. This is …

The Return of the Brutal Savage and the Science for War

Sergey Uryadnikov | Shutterstock.com<p>The last few years have seen an alarming increase in claims that tribal peoples have been shown to be more …

Steven Pinker

Another study says warming may be worse than experts think

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests.<p>It all comes down to clouds and how much heat they are trapping. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, …

Climate Change

Things are getting tougher for Harley-Davidson in the US

Sure, there are some big bikes and cruisers from other manufacturers, but this particular style of motorcycle has long been associated with a roaring Harley V-Twin-engined hog.<p>At least until another storied name in American motorcycles was revived.<p>The Indian brand has been around for over 100 …

Motorcycles

Why we need a better way to measure farts

Gas in the gut isn’t just an embarrassment – it might be an important indication of your body’s health.<p>I hate to say it, but doctors have something of a flatulence problem: at the moment, they know embarrassingly little about the bubbles brewing in your bowels.<p>“What comes out of the backside only …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

China's Anbang scraps $14bn bid for Starwood Hotels

Chinese insurer Anbang has abruptly checked out of its bidding war to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts, ditching a $14bn (£9.8bn) offer to leave the way clear for Marriott International to merge with the US company.<p>Anbang cited "market considerations" in withdrawing its offer. The Beijing-based …

New Zealand woman dies after escaping, bound and gagged, from boot of car

Kidnap victim was 50-year-old Thai woman who may have had links to organised crime, police say<p>A woman has died in New Zealand after escaping from the boot of a car, bound, gagged, covered in blood and frothing at the mouth.<p>Witnesses have described seeing the woman, named by police as Jindarat …

Crime

Witness the beauty of Iceland, in pictures - Telegraph

Dell XPS 13 Teardown: 'Strikingly Similar' To MacBook Air, Says iFixit

Reviews have compared the new Dell XPS 13 regularly to the MacBook Air. Now repair site iFixit is proclaiming a “striking” resemblance in some key respects.<p>Calling the 2015 XPS 13 “Dell’s New MacBook Air,” the widely-followed teardown experts at iFixit cracked open an XPS 13 to find a blueprint for …

MacBook Air

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Creator to Script Avatar 2

James Cameron reportedly hires Josh Friedman.<p>Terminator creators will collide -- OK, collaborate -- on the upcoming Avatar 2.<p>According to TheWrap, …

Forget Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, the humble flip phone is back

Celebrities are leading the way in eschewing smartphones for flip phones, but what’s the draw with clamshell models?<p>It’s 2014, but flipping hell, clamshell phones appear to be making a comeback. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, was spotted with a flip phone during this summer’s US …