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Pentagon fires 60 troops after sex-assault review

WASHINGTON — Sixty troops have been fired as sexual assault counselors, recruiters or drill instructors after the military investigators found they had committed violations ranging from alcohol-related offenses to child abuse and sexual assault, USA TODAY has learned.<p>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, Pope Francis told journalists after his weeklong trip to Brazil. Answering a question about reports of homosexuals in the clergy, the pope answered, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to …

The Week In Numbers: An Asteroid-Zapping Space Laser, The Worst Planets In The Universe, And More

<b>4,580 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the surface temperature on exoplanet COROT-7b, one of the 10 worst places to live in the universe, according to NASA scientists<p><b>600 miles</b>: the diameter of the largest known asteroid, Ceres (could an asteroid impact knock the moon into Earth?)<p><b>70 gigawatts</b>: the power of a …

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Ariel Castro pleads guilty in kidnappings, agrees to life sentence without parole

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of imprisoning and raping three women for a decade, pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to serve life without parole — sparing the city an agonizing trial and perhaps the women from reliving their nightmare on the witness stand.<p>Under a plea agreement, Castro …

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Military Aircraft Part Falls in Texas Backyard

Boeing is investigating how a piece of a military aircraft fell off and crashed in a Texas backyard, authorities told ABC News.<p>Nate Martinez and his …

Dartmouth Under Federal Investigation For Handling Of Sexual Harassment Complaints

The federal government has opened an investigation into how Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., handles sexual misconduct. But unlike other recent investigations of how colleges respond to sexual misconduct and assault, this investigation was not directly spurred by a student complaint.<p>A number of …

Chinese toddler dies after parking space row

<b>A Chinese toddler has died in a Beijing hospital after being wounded during a row between her mother and a man over a parking space, state media report.</b><p>They say the two-year-old girl suffered critical injuries on Tuesday when the man pulled her out of her pram and threw her to the ground.<p>He also …

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China Air Pollution: Government Announces Plan To Combat Smog And Haze

BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) - China plans to invest 1.7 trillion yuan ($277 billion) to combat air pollution over the next five years, state media said on Thursday, underscoring the new government's concerns about addressing a key source of social discontent.<p>The money is to be spent primarily in …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Manning a traitor to US, says prosecutor

US soldier Bradley Manning was a traitor with one mission as an intelligence analyst in Iraq: to find and reveal<br>secrets to a group of anarchists and bask in the glory, a prosecutor has said during closing arguments.<p>Major Ashden Fein told the court martial of Manning on Thursday that the army …

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Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The troubles at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began over two years ago when an earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns in three reactors. But events over the past week serve as reminder that the problems are far from over.<p>First, a remote camera spotted steam rising from one of the melted …

MIT Computer Software Makes The Internet 3 Times Faster

By generating algorithms that prioritize where to send data, the computer outwits human solutions to network congestion.<p>If you're reading this, you're probably using a version of the transmission control protocol, or TCP, a system that regulates internet traffic to prevent congestion. It works, and …

Upcoming Biometric System in Helsinki: Pay with Your Face

Driver's license, credit cards, keys. These are objects all of us carry, yet ironically they are all unique, personalized to us. They all link to our …

What Would the 'Exercise Pill' Mean?

The idea plays to our love of efficiency, spirit of entrepreneurship, and longing to install physicians and scientists as the new priests of the age.<p>What if we could enjoy the benefits of exercise simply by swallowing a pill? Earlier this week in the journal <i>Nature Medicine</i> researchers at the …

Disruptive innovation is key for a sustainable economy

Disruptive innovation is in vogue – for good reason. Businesses need to stay ahead in an environment of continual evolution and change.<p>The trends of …

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12 Insanely Ambitious Ideas For Improving Space Exploration

NASA has awarded $100,000 to each of these sci-fi projects, which cover everything from suspended animation to Mars kites to 3-D printed food.<p>NASA has announced the award-winners of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, in which the agency gives funding to projects that are a little …

Aaron Hernandez’s Terrifying Past Revealed

The ex-Patriot, now convicted of murder, had just gotten over his father’s untimely death and signed an NFL contract when his mother was</i> …

North Korea: Leader's aunt 'missing for months'

<b>"Madame Kim" - the aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who's said to wield much power in the regime - hasn't been seen for nearly three months, reports suggest.</b><p>Kim Kyung-hee, sister of late leader Kim Jong-il, last attended an official event in May, according to the South Korean newspaper …

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U.K. Cracking Down On Porn, Blocking It Unless Users Opt In

Every home in the United Kingdom will be blocked from accessing pornography through Internet connections, under new measures announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron. When these go into effect later this year, Internet users who want to access porn will have to opt in with their Internet …

First tourists arrested under Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda”

Four Dutch nationals were arrested on Sunday for reportedly asking young people about their views on gay rights<p>Four Dutch tourists were arrested in Russia on Sunday for violating the country's ban on "homosexual propaganda," making them the first foreigners to be charged under the new law.<p>According …

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