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Headless Body Discovered Under Bridge in Waller County, Texas

A headless body was discovered under a bridge in Texas by several fishermen, local authorities said Wednesday.<p>A few fishermen made the grisly discovery near the Brazos River and Highway 290 in Waller County, Texas, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.<p>The men came upon a black garbage bag that had been …

Cartels

Elon Musk Clarifies His Suggestion To Terraform Mars By Nuking It

He doesn’t want to bomb Mars. He just wants to bomb the sky above Mars. Frequently.<p>Surviving on Mars is hard, as we’ve learned in <i>The Martian</i> and pretty much every other sci-fi movie that takes place on Mars. One way to make the Red Planet more livable is to make it more like home--by firing off …

Suspect in some Phoenix freeway shootings pleads not guilty

PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused in some of the freeway shootings that put Phoenix drivers on edge for weeks pleaded not guilty Thursday as his defense …

Crime

Ten killed in shooting at Ore. community college

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Ten people were killed and another seven injured Thursday after a 26-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at a community college here in southern Oregon.<p>Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with officers at …

Oregon

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs also intensified volcanic eruptions - study

Research on the Deccan Traps in India reveals massive rise in lava flows around time of impact of Mexico’s Chicxulub crater 65m years ago, increasing the catastrophe for ecosystems<p>The asteroid that slammed into Earth and heralded the doom of the dinosaurs triggered a surge in volcanic eruptions …

Geology

Attacks on Jews rise to five-year high in Germany - more than any country in Europe

Jewish leaders warn of mass emigration from Europe as Germany records more anti-Semitic incidents than any EU state<p>Anti-Semitic crimes have risen to a five-year high in Germany, according to a new report which finds it is recording more incidents than any country in Europe.<p>There were 1,596 recorded …

Ancient Virus May Cause Crippling Disease ALS, Study Finds

A virus sleeping deep in our DNA for millions of years may be coming back to life in a form of ALS, killing nerve cells and causing their fatal symptoms, government scientists reported Thursday.<p>And the discovery just might lead to a treatment for ALS, an incurable disease that affects between …

Breast Cancer

Mexico Extradites Alleged Drug Lord 'La Barbie,' 12 Others to U.S.

Texas-born alleged drug lord Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez was extradited to the United States from Mexico, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.<p>Valdez, who earned his nickname due to his fair complexion, was among 13 defendants wanted for a variety of violent crimes and drug trafficking-related offenses to …

Mexico

CATCHING CALBUCO

Project info<p>I had never managed to capture a force of nature as stunning as a volcanic eruption. Chile has some 90 active volcanoes that roar to life from time to time with the kind of raw natural power that every photographer dreams of catching. But the country is extremely long and narrow, and …

Volcanoes

Danger zone

Project info<p>It has now been over a year since the Supertyphoon Haiyan, the most devastating storm in the history of the Phillippines, swept across Tacloban. Though a year has passed, debris still remain.<p>Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest cyclone ever recorded, with an estimate of 4.1 million people …

Natural Disasters

Diabolical little girl held an owl and the Internet had a Photoshop field day

It stands to reason that if you post something weird on the Internet, the Internet will find a way to make it weirder.<p>A photo of a somewhat …

New NASA images show Pluto’s moon Charon in stunning detail

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent incredible images of Pluto’s largest moon Charon back to Earth.<p>The latest images reveal the moon’s complex and violent history, according to NASA. “Many New Horizons scientists expected Charon to be a monotonous, crater-battered world; instead, they’re …

For mass shooters, achieving fame -- or infamy -- is a frequent driver

At the epicenter of the nation's latest mass shooting in Oregon, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says the motives of the man who fatally shot 9 people on a college campus Thursday are not known.<p>But Hanlin, who says he will not "glorify" the perpetrator's name by uttering it on national …

Guns

In the 'new North,' forest fires are permanently altering the landscape

Scientists are warning that intense wildfires in the northernmost areas of North America are changing the composition of the tundra ecosystem, degrading permafrost and contributing to a northward migration of trees, all of which have serious implications for the future of the climate.<p>Warming air …

buried alive

Project info<p>There is a clear sympathy for the plight of the blind man; a man with no hands elicits our heart felt compassion and the cry of the deaf mute is heard however faint. But we always weigh our sympathy for the fat man.<br>A person suffering from morbid obesity is less deserving of our sympathy …

Time I

Super Blood Moon, A Glowing Turtle, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Astronomy

Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims …

Same-sex Marriage

MSF hospital: US condemned over 'horrific bombing' in Afghanistan

Médecins Sans Frontières says up to 20 staff killed in airstrikes that allegedly continued after alarm was raised with US<p>The United States has been condemned for launching an airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Afghanistan that is believed to have killed up …

Afghanistan

Families Hold Out Hope For 28 Americans Missing at Sea After Joaquin

Anxious family members of 28 Americans who went missing during Hurricane Joaquin awaited news of their loved ones' fates Saturday, as the Coast Guard combed hundreds of miles looking for their stricken cargo ship.<p>Officials said there was still no sign of the El Faro, which was last heard from …

Weather

Chris Harper Mercer was enrolled at college where he shot dead nine people

Oregon shooting: a dozen minutes that brought chaos to the classroom<p>Read more<p>Chris Harper Mercer was enrolled at the Oregon college where he made his deadly rampage, it has emerged, giving a fresh twist to his choice of target.<p>Apparently obsessed by the notoriety of mass murderers, he selected the …

Guns

ISIS says it killed Italian on streets of Bangladesh capital

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS has claimed responsibility for gunning down an Italian citizen on the streets of Bangladesh -- and threatens more attacks to come.<p>Cesare Tavella, 51, was jogging home Monday evening in the capital of Dhaka after swimming at the American International School's pool.<p>As Tavella was …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Paul Jackson, Suspect in Oregon Rape, Kidnap Cold Case, Arrested in Mexico

A fugitive on the run for 25 years after he and his half-brother allegedly kidnapped and raped two women was arrested in Mexico on Monday, officials said.<p>Prosecutors say the dwelling near Portland, Oregon, where Paul Jackson and Vance Roberts allegedly chained up their victims for days was a "house …

Crime

Uncovering Long-Forgotten Treasures in an 18th-Century French Château

France

Historic Rains Likely for Carolinas, Virginia; Hurricane Joaquin Gains Power

Hurricane Joaquin was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon, even as the East Coast was already preparing for potentially historic rainfall and flooding from another storm front.<p>Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey were the latest states to declare emergencies, …

Weather

Oklahoma governor grants last-minute stay of execution to Richard Glossip

The stay came after the state said it needed more time to figure out which drugs to use that were court-approved<p>Oklahoma's governor granted a last-minute stay of execution on Wednesday to an inmate convicted of hiring a hit man, saying the state needed time to determine if one of three drugs it …

Phi Gamma Delta Frat Members Charged in Alabama Hazing Probe

Five University of Alabama fraternity members were arrested on charges of hazing other students, officials said Wednesday — the latest in a string of campus scandals.<p>They were being held pending $1,000 bond at the Tuscaloosa County Jail, the university said in a statement.<p>Their arrest follows an …

Crime

Preservation society: how bronze age Britons mummified the dead

New study of ancient death rituals reveals evidence how bodies were smoked over fire, kept in peat bogs, brought out for special occasions, or even cobbled together in parts<p>Bronze age Britons may have mummified their dead by tossing them into peat bogs or smoking them over a fire, according to …

Archaeology

US-backed Syrian rebels say they have been hit by Russian airstrikes

Commander of group that has received CIA training says camp in Idlib province was struck by about 20 missiles in two separate sorties<p>US-backed rebels in Syria say they were hit by Russian airstrikes on Thursday, on the second day of Russia’s air campaign over the country.<p>The commander of the Liwa …

Middle East

Supermoon lunar eclipse triggers supertide flood warning

Sea levels are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun, a force which was offset when the orbs eclipsed on Monday morning<p>The Supermoon will cause supertides which could flood the coast of Britain as four natural phenomena conspire to cause huge swells, the Environment Agency has …

How can some stars be older than the universe itself?

The Night Sky, October 2015: the majestic M13 cluster in the constellation of Hercules seems to defy common sense<p>People who glance casually up at the stars seldom think of them as they appear in this picture: vast and tightly packed profusions of red, green, blue, purple and gold.<p>This tremendous …

Universe