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30,000-year-old giant virus released from its frozen Arctic tomb

You’ve heard this story before: researchers find ancient microbes in the Arctic ice, bring said microbes back to the lab, and bad stuff ensues. <i>The</i> …

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ISIS is pulling straight from the playbook of Mexican drug cartels

The orange jumpsuits worn by ISIS' prisoners in the terror group's propaganda videos have become iconic.<p>But the videos' standard "plotline" — in which the captives are interviewed and then beheaded or shot on camera — is far from original.<p>"In May 2005, a cartel boss ... captured four Zeta hitmen …

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Report: ISIS selling Yazidi women in Syria

The United States says it has carried out airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid in the Iraqi town of Amerli to protect an ethnic minority that one official says faces the threat of an "imminent massacre."<p>The town of Amerli, which has been besieged by ISIS fighters, is home to many of Iraq's …

Woman accused of molesting daughters, sending lewd photos to inmate

A Highland woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sending photos of herself sexually assaulting her two daughters to a prison inmate's cellphone, authorities said.<p>Evelyn Alvarez is being held on $250,000 bail on suspicion of lewd acts on her two young daughters, according to the San Bernardino …

At least 4 earthquakes, including a 4.3, strike central Oklahoma

At least four earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2.9 to 4.3, struck about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City on Saturday, according to the<p>U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The 4.3-magnitude temblor hit at 12:11 p.m. outside Langston, Okla., and a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in the same …

Shopping secrets of the Taliban revealed

<b>An army offensive in Taliban-dominated tribal areas of Pakistan has caused large numbers of people to flee to safer regions. Among them is shopkeeper Rasheed Rehman, who until recently counted Taliban fighters among his best customers.</b><p>"I'm sorry my clothes smell," he says. "I used to live like a …

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