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Now a 'Pollen Vortex'? Wild Weather May Mean Allergy Nightmare

If the constant cold weren’t enough, a brutal winter has many speculating that the polar vortex will be replaced by a “pollen vortex,” leaving allergy sufferers sniffling and miserable.<p>Alesia Kotek is ready for the worst. She and her 13-year-old daughter Caitlin share allergies to grass and trees — …

Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), which ended on Wednesday, …

The U.S. Could Get More and More Super-Freezing Winters

Political prisoners tell UN of N Korea abuses

The United Nations Security Council has been holding talks about cases of alleged human rights abuses in North Korea.<p>Shin Dong-hyuk, who attended the special meeting in New York, says he was born into one of the country's political prison camps in 1982.<p>Shin's book "Escape from Camp 14" describes …

U.S. Special Ops Are Soldiers Committing Suicide in Record Numbers

<i>Updated: April 18, 6 a.m. ET</i><p>U.S. special operations forces personnel are committing suicide in record numbers, according to a top military official, …

Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.<p>Tammy Reynolds, the …

White House updating online privacy policy

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, …

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Peru evacuates Ubinas volcano area after ash cloud

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1070000/1070133_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534409640_d3fdac523907e0402008906103bf8a07<p><b>The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased …

Llamas

Obama to Dems: Defend my law

President Barack Obama has laid out the blueprint he thinks his party should follow on Obamacare as the midterms approach: “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law — and then move on, hitting Republicans for Washington dysfunction and inaction on the economy.<p>The question now is whether Democrats …

Clinton Docs Offer Glimpse Into Failed Health Care Fight

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House reveal a candid assessment of the looming fight over the administration’s doomed health care plan, as advisers tried unsuccessfully to steer the sprawling legislation through Congress.<p>A series of 1993 memos and briefing notes shows how the …

President Obama Just Signed a Ted Cruz Bill Into Law

Elahe Izad<p>April 18, 2014, 12:06 p.m.<p>Pres­id­ent Obama signed a bill in­to law Fri­day, au­thored by Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to …

Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads

Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, are calling the city's mumps outbreak the biggest since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s.<p>Columbus generally gets an average of one case of mumps a year, but since February, there have been 244 cases reported in an outbreak that began on the Ohio …

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.<p>Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon …

Only 8% of Louisiana's incarcerated youth earn high school credit in prison, report says | NOLA.com

The Southern Education Foundation charged Thursday that prisons in Louisiana and other states are doing a bad job of educating incarcerated youth - …

Civilian Militia Remains at Bundy Ranch After Standoff Ends

A group of armed militia and protesters, some sporting nametags reading "domestic terrorist," remain camped out on a cattle ranch in Nevada, where …

California Governor Jerry Brown Grants Dozens Of Drug Pardons

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has granted pardons to 63 individuals, many of whom had been convicted of minor drug offenses.<p>Brown's office announced the pardons in a Friday statement.<p>"The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a …

Dad of Massachusetts boy found dead plans funeral

BOSTON (AP) — The father of a missing boy whose body was found off a Massachusetts highway says he was crushed to hear that his 5-year-old son's …

Brand names that appear in NY standardized tests vex parents

"Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests.<p>Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through …

Despite Known Dangers, Docs Still Prescribe Codeine to Kids

Doctors are still widely prescribing codeine for kids with coughs, colds and injuries, despite robust evidence that the ancient narcotic doesn’t work for many children — and may be fatal to some.<p>Experts say that parents and health care professionals need to rethink their reliance on the popular …

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

<b>Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that?</b><p>Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow. He created tetraethyl lead - a compound that would make car …

Sociology

Daft Punk Fashion (Update: There is more)

View Gallery<p>Maybe its the classic ode to Nike of years past style advertisement, but Daft Punk have done a very nice job of promoting and announcing …

Streetwear

Sergio Lopez's Painted Roses

Sergio Lopez's 'Painted Roses' series overlays damask floral prints onto the female body, itself often doubled and overlaid in multiple exposures …

Art

Preview - Ñewmerica "The Birth Of A Nation" Group Show With LNY, Icy & Sot - Exit Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC

Share this article<p>Rom Levy<br>• April 4, 2014<p>Ñewmerica “The Birth Of A Nation” Group Show features such artists as Icy & Sot, LNY, Sonni, NDA… and many …

Gritty Drawings from Michael Howard

Michael Howard is a twenty-four year old London illustrator, blogger and writer. Working under the alias NVM Illustration, he says his inspiration …

Drawing

Fragmented Portraits from Mayka Can2ienova

View Gallery<p>Born in Mexico in 1988, Mayka Estefany Cantu Casanova (Mayka Can2ienova) has allowed her travels abroad to enhance her creative abilities …

Hush: Today's Geisha

Japanese artist Hush mixes techniques of collage, graffiti, stencil, painting and drawing to create his geisha inspired works. These women are …

Graffiti

Classic New York Subway photo collection

View Gallery<p>If you love graffiti, photos like these never get old. Flickr member Zomboider has been compiling classic New York graffiti subway photos …

Provocative Collages by Derek Gores

In his collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, data, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on …