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Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? Here's some news that might help take your mind off this week's deep freeze. It could even give you an excuse to hang around outside Thursday.<p>An intense solar flare is being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission and could force airlines to reroute …

CAR leader preparing to step down: reports

The president of the Central African Republic, where more than a thousand people have died in recent violence, is preparing to step down.<p>Michel Djotodia, who deposed Francois Bozize in a coup last March, is due to meet regional leaders in Chad on Thursday to resolve the turmoil sweeping the country.<p>…

High Class Dining: Colorado Restaurant Introduces Weed-and-Food Pairing Menu

When you go to a gourmet restaurant, you might find yourself asking the sommelier to recommend a fine wine to complement your meal. But now, as more …

Obama invites Merkel to Washington in bid to end phone bugging row

The US president rings tries to mend fences with the German chancellor over the surveillance of her mobile phone<p>President Barack Obama has invited Angela Merkel to Washington in an attempt to settle the row over the bugging of her mobile phone by the US National Security Agency.<p>The US president …

Surveillance

US polar vortex may be example of global warming

Deep freeze gripping America may be tied to shrinking Arctic sea ice caused by manmade climate change, reports Climate Central<p>While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even …

Antarctic penguins forced up 100-foot ice walls, study shows

Warmer temperatures are forcing emperor penguins to make gravity-defying journeys out of their traditional breeding grounds<p>Emperor penguins are having to struggle up 100-foot walls of ice as warmer temperatures force them out of their traditional breeding grounds, a study has shown.<p>The …

Israel: Child obesity campaign denies 'fat-shaming'

<b>A global advertising company that denied its child-obesity campaign promoted "fat-shaming" has caved to public pressure and pulled a series of ads, it appears.</b><p>JCDecaux asked members of the public to post humorous images to its Hebrew-language Facebook page, putting the most popular images up on …

Tel Aviv

Your Boss Is Happier Than You

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>New research from Pew Social Trends says that you have been right for all of these years: Your boss …

The Most Unprecedented Thing About Janet Yellen

When my colleague Rana Foroohar returned from her interview with new Fed Chair Janet Yellen, I couldn’t decide what to ask her about first. How fast …

Yemen man detained at Guantanamo Bay to be freed

<b>A US government review panel has determined a man from Yemen detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for more than a decade can be released.</b><p>Mahmud Mujahid, 33, had been accused of being an al-Qaeda fighter and bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden.<p>He was held at the detention centre since 2002 but never formally …

Guantanamo Bay

When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

<b>Listen · 3:13</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Big, fierce animals — lions and tigers and bears, for example — are relatively scarce in nature. That's normal, because if you have too many, they'll eat themselves out of prey.<p>But top predators are now so rare that many are in danger of …

Kenya planes 'kill Somali militants' from al-Shabab

<b>Kenya's military says it has carried out an air strike on an Islamist camp in Somalia, killing 30 militants, including al-Shabab commanders.</b><p>The strike happened in Garbarahey, near the border with Kenya and Ethiopia.<p>Local media reports put the number of dead at 10 and residents say there has been …

Africa

Four-year-old boy 'accidentally shot dead' by US forces in Afghanistan

Child killed by Marines in Helmand after troops mistook him for enemy amid dusty weather, provincial governor says<p>US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four-year-old boy, Afghan officials said on Friday, the latest violence to strain ties between the uneasy allies.<p>The Afghan-US …

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China's leaders address Chairman Mao's 're-education through labour' by closing labour camps across country and releasing tens of thousands of prisoners<p><b>China</b> appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them …

Chlamydia just became the most commonly reported disease ever in the US—but there’s something worse

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released its annual summary of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) for 2012, and it contains a grim little datum: With 1.4 million reported cases, chlamydia broke the record (pdf) for the most instances not just of STDs but of <i>any</i> …

Public Health

Google apologises over reviving Adolf-Hitler-Platz in Berlin

Google has apologised after a Berlin intersection accidentally regained its Nazi-era name, Adolf-Hitler-Platz, on the Google Maps service.<p>Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said on Friday that the company quickly took down the name after the error was discovered.<p>The intersection was relabelled with its …

US Terror Hunters Fear Russia Losing Sochi Olympic Security Race

U.S. counter-terrorism experts are losing confidence in Russian security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi after recent suicide bombings targeted a …

Japan battles China for influence in Africa

Japan's rivalry with China is going global. After years of jousting over obscure islands in the East China Sea and competing for Asian influence, the two countries are now battling for power in a new arena: Africa.<p>It's a region that Tokyo has long ceded to the Chinese, allowing Beijing to pile up …

Africa

China Reports Another H7N9 Bird Flu Death

BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) - China reported one more death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in eastern Fujian province, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.<p>A 38-year-old man from Quanzhou city died after being found infected earlier on Friday, Xinhua said, citing the province's health and family …

The Ethics Of Being Brain Dead: Doctors And Bioethicists Discuss Jahi McMath And Marlise Munoz

(RNS) The cases of two young women — a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother — have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.<p>Many doctors are questioning continued medical procedures on a 13-year-old girl declared …

Pumped up: Breastfeeding mothers fight for rights at work

When Bobbi Bockoras returned to work at a Port Allegany, Pa., glass factory in June 2013 after giving birth, she planned to pump breast milk during breaks so she could continue nursing her infant daughter Lyla.<p>The 31-year-old palletizer operator knew that pumping at work — in a clean, private, …