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The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.<p>They found that what we love about coffee — the caffeine — is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.<p>"It's an accident that has been frozen in place very likely by the influence of natural selection," …

Newly Found Asteroid Passing Close to Earth on Sunday

Earth will have a close encounter with an asteroid this Sunday.<p>A newly discovered, house-sized asteroid will fly past Earth Sunday afternoon.<p>The …

Detroit child's death stemmed from revenge shooting: prosecutors

DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a Detroit man fired several AK-47 rounds into the bedroom window of an 8-year-old boy, killing him, in retaliation against the child’s mother, the man’s former girlfriend who had implicated him in a burglary.<p>Calvin Mosby, 28, of Detroit, …

In Hawaii, emergency declared as lava approaches subdivisions

Hawaiian officials called a state of emergency Thursday for portions of the Big Island after advancing lava from the Kilauea volcano came within a mile of a subdivision and threatened to cut off the major road serving the area.<p>“We are taking this step to ensure our residents have time to prepare …

Rash of shootings frightens South L.A.

The killings started early Sunday morning, with a 30-year-old man gunned down behind an apartment complex. By Monday night, four more people lay dead in a series of shootings across South Los Angeles.<p>The violence continued Wednesday. A car-to-car shooting wounded two people, including a teenage …

Feds launch probe of Ferguson police department

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday a Justice Department investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, which has come under fire for its past practices in the uproar over the shooting of Michael Brown.<p>Holder spoke about his recent trip to the area and about …

Britain Readies Attacks on ISIS

Behind the scenes at the NATO summit in Wales, a chastened David Cameron is working carefully with President Obama to pave the way to join the U.S. …