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The Great Arctic Melt Opens Up A Lot Of Questions

Can we answer them before it's too late?<p><i>The Great Melt: This animation of images taken over time by NASA satellites shows Arctic sea ice declining for the past 30 years. The year to year rate of decline 11.5 percent per decade. Via The Bridge. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization</i> …

Cracks May Hint at Ancient Ocean on Pluto’s Moon Charon

When NASA's New Horizons probe streaks past Pluto, scientists will be looking for cracks in the surface of its biggest moon, Charon, to figure out whether it was ever warm enough to maintain a subsurface ocean.<p>It seems hard to believe, considering that the surface temperature on Pluto and its moons …

Solar System

Space buzz: First espresso maker heading into orbit

Michael Winter | USA TODAY<p>Later this year, astronauts on the International Space Station will at long last be fully wired — with strong coffee.<p>After years of complaints from Italians that they couldn't get a good pouch of espresso 260 miles above Earth, two Italian firms teamed up with their …

Hubble Telescope to Start Hunt for Icy World Beyond Pluto

Changing Planet<p>Artist’s depiction of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Kuiper Belt object.<br>Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)<p><b>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will begin searching for an icy world beyond Pluto that could use</b> …

IMF's Lagarde urges 'gradual path' for Fed rate hikes | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday that the U.S. Federal Reserve should move interest rates up only gradually when it finally begins to lift borrowing costs from near-zero.<p>IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde prepares to host a news conference at …

GM Recalls 3.2 Million More Cars For Faulty Ignition Switches

General Motors has announced the recall of 3.2 million more cars for faulty ignition switches. The latest recall is in addition to the 2.6 million cars that GM has already recalled for a similar problem.<p>"The safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall in February of 2.6 …

Argentina refuses to submit to debt 'extortion'

WASHINGTON — After the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a double-barreled defeat to Argentina Monday in that nation's continuing efforts to escape its creditors, President Cristina Fernandez said her country can't comply with the demand to pay up.<p>Fernandez, in a nationally televised address, said …

Francois Hollande to meet Siemens and Mitsubishi bosses

French President to grill Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on joint-bid proposal for Alstom<p>The heads of Germany’s Siemens and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will hold court with French president Francois Hollande on Tuesday to convince him that their €7bn joint bid proposal for …

French Government

Former employees sue over Salt Lake Tribune deal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of former employees of The Salt Lake Tribune has filed a lawsuit to suspend and repeal the latest changes to the …

With The Model X On Track, 2015 Could Be Big For Tesla

Tesla today told customers who placed deposits on its forthcoming Model X SUV that the vehicle will indeed be produced “starting in early 2015″ as expected. That’s good news for buyers, many of whom put down $5,000 or $40,000 with the company more than 2 years ago. But it’s also important for the …

3 companies announce 7,100 jobs along I-77 in SC

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Three companies announced plans Monday to bring a combined 7,100 jobs to South Carolina's Interstate 77 corridor, though many …

Unions join fight over Washington fish consumption

SEATTLE (AP) — Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and …

Obama Deploys Troops to Protect Embassy in Iraq, as American and Iranian Officials Meet

President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 275 military personnel “equipped for combat” into Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy in Baghdad …

Exclusive: U.S., Iran discuss Iraq on sidelines of nuclear talks - sources | Reuters

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. and Iranian officials discussed the crisis in Iraq on the sidelines of separate negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.<p>Members of the Iraqi security forces patrol an area near the borders …

Israeli forces kill Palestinian refugee in search for missing teens

Israeli soldiers on a search-and-arrest mission in the West Bank on Monday shot and killed a 24-year-old Palestinian at a refugee camp north of Ramallah, threatening heightened tensions in the region already in turmoil over the Palestinians' newly reunified leadership.<p>Soldiers have arrested dozens …

Israel

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine after deadline passes without deal

Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.<p>The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe, but could disrupt the long-term energy supply …

Egypt to release Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy

<b>Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered the release of al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy on medical grounds.</b><p>Mr Elshamy has been on hunger strike for nearly five months to protest against his detention without charge.<p>He was arrested last August when police broke up a protest by supporters of …

Muslim Brotherhood

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President<p>ObamanotifiedCongresson Monday that he was sending up to 275U.S. militarypersonnel “to provide support and security for U.S. personnel andthe U.S. Embassyin Baghdad.”<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to Iraq to …

The Secret Life of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The biggest threat to Middle East security is as much a mystery as a menace — a 42-year-old Iraqi who went from a U.S. detention camp to the top of the jihadist universe with a whisper of a backstory and a $10 million bounty on his head.<p>He's known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the ruthless …

Al-Qaeda

Twin Tornadoes Pummel Northeast Nebraska, Killing One

A small town was devastated Monday afternoon when two tornadoes touched down simultaneously in northeast Nebraska, killing one person, critically injuring at least 16 more people and sending rescue crews scrambling to dig for others who might be buried under the rubble.<p>At least one of the tornadoes …

Weather

Pakistan's Fighter Jets Strike Insurgents In Full-Scale Offensive

By Haji Mujtaba<p>MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, June 16 (Reuters) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded North Waziristan on Monday, a day after the army announced the start of a full-scale military operation to flush Islamist insurgents out of the volatile region bordering Afghanistan.<p>In a long-awaited military …

Sri Lanka imposes curfew after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

<b>The Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew on two southern towns to quell clashes between a hardline Buddhist group and Muslims.</b><p>The latest violence began after a Buddhist rally in Aluthgama.<p>Several people are reported to have been injured, shops burned and stones thrown at Buddhist marchers …

Sri Lanka

Associated Press News

14 cases remain for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are …

These are the biggest Xbox One games at E3 2014

Sure, you could spend the rest of your days playing <i>Titanfall</i> online, but what if you'd like to give your Xbox One something a little different to play? Microsoft's message for this E3 was clear: games, games and more games. We took to the company's booth this week to find out what you'd be playing …

The 17 Best Games You Should Know From E3

The annual video game conference in Los Angeles shows off demos and trailers of all of the new games coming out.<p>Now that the PS4 and Xbox One are on the market, everyone wants to know what games will make these next-generation consoles worth your money.<p>Tens of games were announced over the …