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U.S. hardest-hit nation for weather-related disasters

If there has ever been a finding that exemplifies the need for additional investments in weather resiliency and adaptation measures, the United Nations put it forth this week.<p>Over the past 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by weather, and the United States was the hardest-hit …

Climate Change

Putin signs sweeping economic sanctions against Turkey

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law sweeping economic sanctions against Turkey as relations between the two countries plummet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over the Syrian border this past week.<p>Turkey said it shot the Russian Su-24 bomber, part of a …

Russia

Iraqi Kurds reach Sinjar road, cutting Islamic State supply line

Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Iraqi troops on Thursday seized part of a highway that is used as a vital supply line by the Islamic State group, a key initial step in a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar from the militants.<p>The town was overrun by the extremists as …

3 gadgets that are always listening and how to stop them

Imagine driving down a dark, deserted road when your tire blows out. There's no one around, but, thankfully, you're not alone. "Hey, Siri. Call roadside assistance." A second later, you get a response in a warm and comforting voice, "Calling roadside assistance."<p>Personal digital assistants, such as …

'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.<p>Sunday night's …