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Accused Kalamazoo gunman told police Uber app ‘took over his mind and body’

The man police say shot and killed six people in Kalamazoo, Mich., last month told officers that he was being controlled by the Uber app on his phone at the time of the rampage, according to authorities.<p>When a police officer asked Uber driver Jason Brian Dalton about the shooting, he told them that …

Crime

Senate confirms education secretary

John B. King Jr. had been acting secretary.<p>In the midst of a battle over whether to even consider a new Supreme Court justice, Congress gave the Obama administration a new cabinet member Monday: The Senate confirmed former teacher and education reformer John B. King Jr. to be the nation's new …

Education

New Fossils Offer Clues Into Life of T-Rex Ancestor

Scientists have discovered clues to a new dinosaur that reveals new details about the Tyrannosaurus Rex we’ve grown to appreciate (and fear).<p>It seems …

Dinosaurs

Suspended U.N. diplomat to plead guilty in U.S. bribery case | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspended deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former U.N. General Assembly president is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday, according to a court filing.<p>Francis Lorenzo, a suspended deputy U.N. …

Corruption

Sheriff Mulled If Trump’s Conduct at North Carolina Rally Qualified as ‘Inciting to Riot’

Donald Trump may want to watch his words more closely.<p>After a North Carolina rally studded with protesters and ended with one 78-year-old man arrested for assault, the Cumberland County Sheriff Department says it investigated if there was a connection between Donald Trump’s conduct on the stump and …

Donald Trump

House declares ISIS committing genocide against Christians, other minorities

The House approved a resolution Monday that declares the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East -- putting even more pressure on the Obama administration to do the same ahead of a deadline later this week.<p>The resolution, passed the …

Middle East

White South Carolina ex-trooper guilty in shooting of unarmed black man

A white former state trooper was led out of a South Carolina courtroom in handcuffs Monday after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the 2014 …

Americans bought more legal pot than Girl Scout cookies in 2015

The weed industry is becoming a legitimate economic engine. Sales of legal marijuana in the US are estimated to more than double by 2020, as is the broader economic impact of the industry, a new report predicts.<p>Pot dispensaries are expected to pour anywhere from $24 billion to $44 billion into …

Cannabis

Newly discovered bacteria eats and digests PET plastic

Japanese scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats the plastic commonly found in water and soda bottles.<p>A bacteria that not only eats, but digests, PET plastic has been found by a team of researchers from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio University in Japan.<p>The team went out …

Climate change action must be accelerated says advisory body

<b>Scotland must accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions if it is to remain an example to the rest of the UK, according to a new report.</b><p>The Committee on Climate Change provides expert, independent advice to the Scottish government.<p>Its latest publication has recommended emissions reductions of …

United Kingdom

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.<p>Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial …

Renewable Energy

Hiker in Israel finds rare gold coin dating back 2,000 years

A hiker in Israel has found a rare, 2,000-year-old coin bearing the image of Emperor Augustus that is identical to one in the British Museum's collection<p>Laurie Rimon was hiking with friends at an archeological site in the eastern Galilee when she saw a shiny object in the grass. After realizing it …

Archaeology

NTSB says feed truck shifted track before Amtrak accident

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator said Tuesday.<p>National Transportation Safety Board member …

Trains