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'It's going to get ugly': Midwest calls in national guard as flood disaster unfolds

Sixteen states issue flood warnings as waters blamed for 22 deaths in Illinois, while Missouri governor expects record-breaking disaster<p>Floods have submerged towns, roads, casinos and shopping malls around the south and midwest for more than three days, prompting governors in Illinois and Iowa to …

Weather

Puerto Rico Is In Serious Trouble. Here's What You Need To Know.

2016 will likely bring more financial misery for the beleaguered island.<p>Puerto Rico is on course to default on some of its debts on Monday, deepening a crisis that has been escalating steadily for months.<p>But the seemingly arcane dispute over the island's public finances masks a struggle for wealth …

Caribbean

New Year's resolution: Start investing

Are you in the 1%? Congratulations! This article isn't for you. For everyone else, make a New Year's resolution to get into the 50% club.<p>About half of Americans own stocks. They understand the secret to getting wealthy and financially healthy.<p>The U.S. stock market has been on steroids. It's gained …

Investing

Invest In Getting More Personal Energy: Easy Habits For The New Year

Few people realize how much you can impact and boost your personal energy levels by consciously investing in them. Investing in energy has a higher impact than focusing on managing your time, because unlike time, energy is a source we can enlarge. This can enable you to meet the demands of work, …

Immune System

13 bad money habits you should break in 2016 to build more wealth

Getting rich is a long-term game.<p>The good news is that starting to accumulate wealth is almost entirely under your control — all it takes is patience, the right mentality, and smart habits.<p>If you want to master your money and build wealth, start by ditching these 13 costly habits as you head into …

L.A. City Council rightly halted the rapid rollout of police body cameras

Large bureaucracies can be maddeningly slow to make major changes. That, however, is not what's happening with the Los Angeles Police Department as it rolls out the body camera program. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have laid out an ambitious plan to have 7,000 field officers …

City Politics

The 15 most jaw-dropping images of Earth from space in 2015

The Earth Observations team at NASA's Johnson Space Center selected the 15 best photographs, which we've republished here.<p>Check them out, then head over to NASA to view their full image gallery.

120-Year-Old Photos of Space Were Just Discovered in a Basement

They're being used to show how space has changed in the last century.<p>A retired Danish astronomer recently stumbled upon a treasure trove of astronomical observations from the late 19th Century. The oldest images, taken from the Østervold Observatory telescope when it was first built in 1895, are …

Astronomy

What ancient mummies tell us about one of the most vexing afflictions of modern life

On a foggy day in August 1936, an anthropologist and his crew set sail for Kagamil Island, a small volcanic speck of hot springs and cliffs in the Bering Sea. A person identified as “Brown Bear” had told them of a cave full of mummies and other human remains. Shortly after landing, they found an …

Holistic Medicine

Middle East still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago

The agreements that shaped the region may be forgotten in the west, but in the Middle East their significance still looms large<p>In an idle moment between cocktail parties in the Arab capital where they served, a British and French diplomat were chatting recently about their respective countries’ …

Middle East

Scientists in Italy rediscover snake that was used by ancient Greeks as a weapon of war

Greek navy would hurl snakes such as the Javelin Sand Boa at enemy ships, experts say<p>Scientists in Italy have rediscovered a type of snake that the ancient Greeks used to hurl at their enemies to create panic and confusion during sea battles.<p>The Javelin Sand Boa had not been officially recorded in …

15 ways the world will be terrifying in 2050

But despite our technological advances, humanity has failed to solve many of its problems. The world hasn't weaned itself off fossil fuels or antibiotics, protected the rain forest, or reduced the stigma surrounding mental illness. We haven't flood-proofed our cities or protected our energy grids …

This Tree Is So Toxic, You Can't Stand Under It When It Rains

The Tree of Death.<p>In 1999, radiologist Nicola Strickland went on a holiday to the Caribbean island of Tobago, a tropical paradise complete with …

Medical Journals

Data scientists keep forgetting the one rule every researcher should know by heart

The results are in: Skipping breakfast is associated with heart disease. But that doesn’t necessarily mean breakfast deserves its reputation as the most important meal of the day.<p>Harvard University medical researchers have concluded that American men between the ages of 45 to 82 who skip breakfast …

San Francisco

Horses had stripes like zebras until humans broke them in, scientists say

Study reaches black and white conclusion: mankind had a direct impact on horses after domesticating them to run, work or be ridden<p>Nature experts have revealed that most horses and ponies resembled zebras with stripes until man changed their colour by taming them.<p>They lost their "wild" camouflage - …

Zoology

Woman in deadly California rampage had become more devout

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A change came over Tashfeen Malik two or three years ago.<p>She started dressing more conservatively, wearing a scarf that covered nearly all her face, and became more fervent in her Muslim faith, according to some who knew her in Pakistan.<p>But her path from there to the …

NATO moves to bolster Turkey's security

NATO wants to increase security on Turkey’s border with Syria after a meeting of foreign and defence ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.<p>It comes one week after Turkish forces shot down a Russian bomber over an alleged airspace violation.<p>“We must make full use of the capabilities we have to counter …

Paris trial begins for seven IS 'recruiters'

<b>Seven men have gone on trial in Paris accused of recruiting fighters for the so-called Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria.</b><p>One of the suspects, Salim Benghalem, is being tried in absentia as he is thought to be in Syria.<p>He is thought to be one of the highest-ranking foreign fighters in the …

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are …

Middle East

50 places you should travel to in 2016

It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is coming to a close, and it's time to start planning for 2016. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to the places you want to check off your travel bucket list in the new year. From Iceland's otherworldly …

Experts Discuss ‘Line We Must Not Cross’ in the Realm of Gene Editing

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering but not before the experts discuss its ethical implications in earnest.<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around …

Astronomers just saw a black hole blow something incredible into space with tremendous force

Until now, astronomers could only theorize.<p>But after an exciting observation recently announced in the journal Science, an international team has witnessed first-hand the violent battle between a sun-like star and supermassive black hole — and its incredible aftermath.<p>What they observed is an …