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Rampage ended when 'hero' teacher confronted gunman

The teenage gunman who opened fire in a high school cafeteria in Washington state last week may have had more victims had it not been for the bold actions of a young teacher.<p>Witnesses say Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman, shot and killed a female student and wounded four others in the crowded …

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.<p>Do you think you can find the lowest …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Heroin overdoses pose 'urgent public health crisis': U.S. attorney general | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his agency was stepping up efforts to stem sharp increases in deadly heroin overdoses, trafficking in the drug and abuse of prescription narcotics at the root of what he called an “urgent public health crisis.”<p>Powdered heroin is pictured …

Europe faces 'shooting conflict' if Russia enters east Ukraine, says Hague

Europe would face the "great danger of a real shooting conflict" if Russian forces moved beyond Crimea to enter the main part of eastern Ukraine, William Hague has said as he accused Vladimir Putin of a major miscalculation.<p>As the foreign secretary warned of another "frozen conflict" in Europe, the …

Russia and US meet over crisis in Ukraine

The top diplomats of Russia and the US have met for the first time over the crisis in Ukraine, a meeting that coincided with a US announcement it was increasing military support for Eastern European allies.<p>The US secretary of state, John Kerry, met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday …

This is how Russia's intervention in Ukraine is playing in Moscow

Russians in Moscow, like many in Ukraine, are divided over Russian troops intervening in Crimea. But not all viewpoints are welcome equally here.<p>A crowd of several hundred protesters milled outside Russia's Defense Ministry on Sunday chanting "No to War." Young protesters expressed their disgust …

Ukraine Says Thousands of Russian Troops Have Crossed Border

Ukraine accused Russia of sending 6,000 additional troops into Crimea Saturday, deepening a crisis in which both sides accused each other of trying to destabilize the region.<p>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk urged Moscow to cease what it called provocative actions, echoing a warning by …

Kabul records first polio case since 2001

Concern over case that is the first in the capital since the Taliban's fall in 2001<p>A three-year-old has been diagnosed with the first case of polio in the Afghan capital Kabul since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.<p>Officials have responded with …

Public Health

Why Mahatma Gandhi is becoming popular in China

<b>For the first time, Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi's own story of his life is to be available in China.</b><p>The Story of My Experiments With Truth, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in India alone and has been translated in to some 35 languages, will now be translated in Mandarin to cater …

The spacesuit inspired by medieval armor, made for walking on Mars

It takes Dr Gernot Groomer three hours to put on the spacesuit he hopes will, one day, walk across the surface of Mars.<p>It's worth taking time when you're wearing a suit made from roughly 10,000 parts, designed for the most treacherous environment yet to be encountered by a human being.<p>Groomer is …

Mannequins with pubic hair shock at American Apparel

What happened to mannequins that were just plastic molds used to display clothes? Now they're taking on a life, and a controversy, all of their own.<p>The growing trend to make mannequins seem more real may have gone too far with an Instagram shot from American Apparel in New York City. The photo …

Extend ISS to 2050 as Stepping Stone to Future Deep Space Voyages - Orbital VP

The International Space Station could potentially function far beyond its new extension to 2024. Perhaps out to 2050. The ISS as seen from the crew …

Researchers Discover the First Binary System Consisting of a Black Hole and a Be-Type Star

<i>A newly published study details the discovery of the first binary system consisting of a black hole and a Be-type star.</i><p>Spanish scientists have …

EPA tries to map a toxic legacy in Delaware

Cleanup at the Metachem Superfund site has cost taxpayers $100 million so far, with no end in sight.<p>WILMINGTON, Del. -- Snow flurries rode a faint chemical breeze across Red Lion Creek marsh near Delaware City on Thursday as Environmental Protection Agency contractors maneuvered a sediment probe …

Iraqi PM seeks world's help against violence

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for international support in the fight against what he described as terrorists, amid raging violence across the country.<p>Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the …

Astronaut Bio: Chris Cassidy (07/2014)

<b>Christopher J. Cassidy (Captain, U.S. Navy)</b> <b><br>NASA Astronaut</b><p><b>PERSONAL DATA:</b> Born January 4, 1970 in Salem, Massachusetts. Considers York, Maine, to be …

New Leap Forward Understanding Origin of Life --The Spontaneous Formation of RNA on Early Earth

Today, genetic information is stored in DNA. RNA is created from DNA to put that information into action. RNA can direct the creation of proteins and …

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft

(AP)—Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane.<p>Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company …

Cantor plans ACA security bill vote

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that he plans to schedule a vote next week on a measure placing more security requirements on the new Obamacare insurance exchanges. He said he’ll draw from legislation that’s been introduced by Reps. Diane Black of Tennessee, Kerry Bentivolio of …

Thousands Still Without Power As More Snow Due To Fall

A massive post-Christmas package of precipitation is headed up the East Coast today. The storm is predicted to dump snow and ice from Boston on up and promises to vex residents already a week without power since the last winter storm.<p>The storm is carrying drenching rain through the Carolinas, …

Kidnapped American Pleads for Obama to Negotiate with Al Qaeda

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A 72-year-old man who has been in captivity for more than two years, told the Obama administration …

After Mars, India to Secure Place on Sun

Basking in the glory of the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission, India has put its maiden mission to the sun titled Aditya-1 on a more …

Grasslands Get Squeezed As Another 1.6 Million Acres Go Into Crops

<b>Listen · 5:11</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>As the year winds down, we here at NPR are looking at a few key numbers that explain the big trends of 2013.<p>Today's number: 1.6 million.<p>That's 1.6 million acres — about the area of the state of Delaware.<p>That's how much land was removed this year …

Most Distant Supernova May Shed Light on Dark Energy

UDS10Wil is ten billion light-years from Earth.<p><b>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spied a supernova ten billion light-years from Earth—the most distant stellar explosion of its kind ever detected, a new study says. (See "Biggest Star Explosion Seen; Was Rare, 'Clean' Death.")</b><p>The faint, near-infrared …

Boston Marathon Bombing in Pictures

Surprisingly Close Star System Discovered

Changing Planet<p>Looks like astronomers may have new hunting grounds to search for exoplanets , and it’s close– in fact it’s just in our local interstellar neighborhood. A new-found star system at only 6.5 light years away now ranks as the third nearest to our solar system and the closest to be …

Reactivated NASA asteroid-hunting probe takes first photos in 2.5 years

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its "eyes" after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image of a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces is among the first taken by the revived spacecraft's infrared cameras, and shows …