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WHO sounds alarm on spread of polio

The spread of polio constitutes an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization declared Monday.<p>"If unchecked, this situation could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world's most serious vaccine preventable diseases," the WHO said in a statement.<p>At the end …

How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.<p>Forty-eight states allow parents to sign a vaccine exemption …

Can Deserts Stop Global Warming? No, but They Help, Study Says

The world's arid areas — deserts filled with scrubby vegetation and sand — are absorbing more of the carbon dioxide that's being emitted into the atmosphere than expected, a new study shows. While these ecosystems will not stop global warming, scientists said the finding provides a better …

Climate Change

'Promising lead' emerges in hunt for Flight 370

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A concentrated air and sea search was underway in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after an Australian ship detected faint pings …

Death Toll Rises in Washington Mudslide as Search Drags On

Joshua Trujillo—seattlepi.com/AP<p>David Ryder—Getty Images<p>Marcus Yam—The Seattle Times/AP<p>David Ryder—Getty Images<p>Mark Mulligan—Reuters<p>Jordan …

Mudslides

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G-7 nations to meet in Brussels instead of Sochi, without Russia

THE HAGUE – President Obama and six other world leaders said Monday that they would not meet at the so-called Group of Eight summit in June in Sochi, Russia, and instead would convene at that time in Brussels, without Russia, to discuss the "broad agenda we have together."<p>Obama called the meeting …

Russia

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Get up to speed on the latest developments

As investigators search for clues to unravel the mystery of where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went, there were several key developments over the weekend.<p>But major questions still remain.<p>Here's a cheat sheet to help you get up to speed on the latest developments:<p><b>Where are investigators searching</b> …

Deadly bomb blast hits Libya army camp

A car bomb targeting a military academy in Libya's restive eastern city of Benghazi has killed at least eight soldiers and wounded 12 others, military and hospital sources said.<p>The medical centre in Benghazi reported that "five bodies plus an indeterminate number of body parts" had arrived at the …

Venice Organizes Online Vote to Become Independent From Italy

It's not just Crimea: the Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is holding a referendum to secede too.<p>Local activists and …

The Planet Mercury Is Shrinking

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Mercury, already our smallest planet, is shrinking.<p>The news comes as NASA marks the third year of …

Scientists Find Unprecedented Black Hole

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists have discovered a "fast and furious" super-powered small black hole, the first that …

Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead

Scientists revive a frozen 30,000-year-old giant Siberian virus<p>All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of "giant virus" — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a …

Jerry Brown wary of marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO — California Governor Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.<p>If pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation’s most populous state, Brown said he worries it …

New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School

If you want to teach kids to adopt healthier eating habits, it's probably unwise to give them coupons for fast food chains at school.<p>And those advertisements for sugary sodas on the gymnasium scoreboard? Seems like another mixed message schools are sending kids.<p>That's why the White House and U.S. …

Obama Plan Would Pull All Troops From Afghanistan by the End of 2014

Pres­id­ent Obama is ready­ing a con­tin­gency plan that would have the U.S. with­draw all troops from Afgh­anistan by year’s end.<p>The …

Afghanistan

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Associated Press News

Record number of inmates with life sentences winning parole in California

Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.<p>Since taking office three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown has affirmed 82 percent of …

Overlooked Virus May Be Cause Of Paralyzing Disease In California

Doctors in California are puzzled by an illness that has paralyzed at least five children and may have affected about 20 others.<p>Sick children had symptoms similar to polio. They lost muscle function in an arm or a leg over a few days.<p>So far, the children haven't responded to any treatments and the …

Fukushima Radiation Low Enough for Some Residents to Return

TOKYO – Hundreds of people may be allowed to permanently return to their homes near Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant if a no-go order in place for almost three years is lifted in April as expected.<p>Radiation levels have dropped below the annual 20-millisievert safety limit recommended by regulators, …

Nuclear Energy

California Couple Finds $10M in Gold Coins Buried in Yard

A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.<p>Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, …