Karen S. Anderson

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The Helmet That Could Change Football

It's flexible, but it can really take a beating.<p>For decades, football players have worn rigid, unyielding helmets that protected the skull but did little to prevent concussions. To address this shortcoming, Riddell built a smarter helmet. Available to NFL and college teams, and soon youth and high …

Gear & Gadgets

Angry, scared and hungry: Inside the Ebola 'quarantine zone'

A red rope guarded by police marks the "quarantine line" around the West Point slum in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.<p>Beyond it, more than 70,000 people are trapped -- angry, scared and increasingly hungry -- as authorities seek to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.<p>As soon as a CNN team …

Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of …

Russia’s warming faster than the rest of the planet—and seeing disease, drought, and forest fires as a result

When Vladimir Putin declined to support the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to limit carbon emissions, he famously quipped that higher temperatures might actually benefit Russia since its people would have to spend less on fur coats.<p>Well, he’s getting his wish. Changes in wind and ocean currents caused by …

Climate Change

U.S. general takes command of a coalition in flux in Afghanistan

The new commander of the international forces fighting in Afghanistan took command Tuesday amid uncertainty about the country's political leadership and the future role of American troops.<p>U.S. ArmyGen. John F. Campbell will lead the International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of more than …

Afghanistan

Army's Hypersonic Missile Explodes During Testing

Another barrier for an uncertain weapon.<p>The art of the war is complicated, but the science of war is often just a matter of shooting something pain-inducing at the other guy faster and from further away. The Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon program wants to do just that, by creating a missile that …

Military

American Peter Theo Curtis, Freed by Militants in Syria, Back in U.S.

An American writer who was freed this week by an al Qaeda affiliated group that held him captive in Syria for nearly two years has arrived back in the United States, his family said in a statement.<p>Peter Theo Curtis, 45, flew from Tel Aviv and arrived at Newark Liberty Airport Tuesday afternoon, and …

Middle East

Authorities: 'Serial killer' is behind 4 killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man in custody is a serial killer who is suspected of randomly shooting seven people, leaving four dead, over five days in the …