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L.A. hospitals gird for rise in flu cases

Despite a statewide drop in reported influenza cases, Los Angeles hospitals are preparing for this year's season to worsen in the coming weeks, fearful of the deadly H1N1 "swine flu" virus strain that is to blame for most of this year's flu deaths.<p>H1N1 killed thousands of people around the world in …

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Obama Christmas Address Encourages Americans To Help Those In Need

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives.<p>In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the values Jesus taught can spur Americans …

Senators introduce bill to crack down on 'lavish' portrait expenses

A bipartisan Senate duo says they want to crack down on what they call the government’s “lavish” spending on oil paintings of congressmen, the costs of which can top $50,000 each.<p>Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a Thursday press release they are introducing a bill that …

The NSA Isn't Ready to Stop Spying on You

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander stated during a hearing on Wednesday that the …

Probe launched over $500M spent on Afghanistan planes now sitting idle

The U.S. military spent nearly a half-billion dollars on providing refurbished aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, only to abandon the contract and leave the planes collecting dust on airfields in Kabul and Germany.<p>With the planes potentially heading for the trash heap of the Afghanistan war, the …

Probation For Teen Who Killed 4: Here's The Judge's Thinking

The news that a 16-year-old boy from Texas was sentenced this week to 10 years of probation for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed four people has led to many headlines such as this, from <i>Time</i>:<p>"The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid's Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly …

Air strike in Yemen kills 15 wedding guests mistaken for al-Qaida – officials

Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al-Qaida convoy, local security officials said on Thursday.<p>The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources …

New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …

NSA: Dianne Feinstein breaks ranks to oppose US spying on allies

The chair of the Senate intelligence committee, who has been a loyal defender of the National Security Agency, dramatically broke ranks on Monday, saying she was "totally opposed" to the US spying on allies and demanding a total review of all surveillance programs.<p>California Democratic senator …

The Road to Marijuana Legalization Runs Through Cities, Not States

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents of Portland, Maine, will vote next month on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana …

The jellyfish are coming! Experts tangle with exploding population

Science News<p>A "jellyfish bloom" may sound pretty, but it can get ugly fast. A swarm of moon jellyfish from the Baltic Sea were was into the cooling pipes of a nuclear power plant on the Swedish coast last week, shutting down one of the three units for four days. In 2008, another such "bloom," …

Surveillance - NSA can access data on your mobile device

The German news agency Der Spiegel reported last act of US surveillance, the NSA is able to access data stored in a wide range of mobile devices …

First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance

Health news<p>After losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle accident four-and-a-half years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has been fitted with an artificial limb that uses neurosignals from his upper leg muscles to control the prosthetic knee and ankle. The motorized limb is the first …

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Dogs: an uncomplicated relationship

Recently Pete Etchells posted about our complicated relationship with cats so, to balance the score, this week I'm going to tell you why our relationship with dogs seems so <i>un</i>complicated.<p>Dogs read our body language<p>Human babies understand that pointing and gaze direction are indications of what's …

Penalise young voters who opt out, says think-tank

First-time voters should be forced to take part in elections and fined if they refuse to cast a ballot, a think-tank has recommended.<p>Compulsory first-time voting could overcome the current apathy among young voters and tackle the “inequality” in turnout rates which means older, wealthier people in …

Boy dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan

<b>A 15-year-old herder has died in Kyrgyzstan of bubonic plague - the first case in the country in 30 years - officials say.</b><p>The teenager appears to have been bitten by an infected flea.<p>The authorities have sought to calm fears of an epidemic and have quarantined more than 100 people.<p>Bubonic plague, …

North Korea angry at Swiss ban on ski lift sale

<b>North Korea has reacted angrily to a decision by Switzerland to block a deal to sell ski lifts to the secretive communist country.</b><p>The equipment - which included chair lifts and cable cars - was for the Masik ski resort project which is currently under construction.<p>But the Swiss government said last …

One-way Mars trip attracts 165,000 would-be astronauts ... and counting

Science News<p>The Dutch-based Mars One venture says more than 165,000 people around the world have voiced interest in a one-way trip to the Red Planet — and there's still more than a week left for more would-be astronauts to join in.<p>"The response to the first round of the astronaut selection program …

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Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.<p>Although …

FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.<p>FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of …

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois on Thursday officially became the 20th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.<p>At a ceremony at the University of Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill while joined by Jim Champion, a military veteran who suffers from multiple sclerosis, the Chicago Tribune reports.<p>"I feel …

Netflix Has Made It Easier Than Ever to Share Accounts

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Netflix has embraced the fact that something like 10 million people watch Netflix without paying for …

Uruguay Is Close To Becoming The First Country With A State-Controlled Marijuana Industry

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Uruguay has effectively sealed the passage of a groundbreaking marijuana legalization bill that puts production, distribution, and sale of the drug in the hands of the state, making it the first country ever to do so.<p>The bill has drawn criticism from the United …

IRIS telescope snaps first photos of mystery region of the sun

Science News<p>NASA's newest solar observatory has taken its first photos of the lowest layers of the solar atmosphere, a mysterious and little-understood region of the sun.<p>The images, taken just 21 hours after mission controllers first opened the telescope’s door, reveal new details of the sun’s …