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Sun erupts with two big solar flares

The sun erupted with two of the strongest solar flares it can unleash Friday, just days after blasting an intense solar storm at Earth.<p>The sun fired off a flare that registered at X1.7 on the space weather scale at 4:01 a.m. ET (0801 GMT) Friday, then followed with an X.2-class event at 11:03 a.m. …

Astronomy

FDA approves more powerful painkiller

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Viking 'Thing' excavated beneath parking lot in Scotland

A Viking parliamentary site that dates to the 11th century has been found beneath a parking lot in Scotland.<p>The site, located in the town of Dingwall, Scotland, was dubbed a "Thing" site, referring to its name in antiquity. Like other Thing sites, this one was likely a place where ancient Norsemen …

Archaeology

Southern ozone hole slightly smaller this year

Warm air at high altitudes this September and October helped shrink the human-caused ozone hole near the South Pole ever so slightly, scientists say.<p>The hole is an area in the atmosphere with low ozone concentrations. It is normally is at its biggest this time of year. NASA says on average it …

Global Warming

A kidney for $10,000? Paying donors actually pays off, new study finds

Paying living kidney donors $10,000 to give up their organs would save money over the current system based solely on altruism — even if it only boosts donations by a conservative 5 percent.<p>That’s according to a new analysis by Canadian researchers that rekindles the ongoing debate about whether …

Leonardo Da Vinci Mural Discovered Under Layers Of Paint During Sforza Castle Restoration In Italy

Restorers working on renovations for the Sforza Castle in Italy got quite a shock this week when they peeled away several coats of paint to reveal part of a Leonardo Da Vinci mural.<p>Buried beneath 17 layers of whitewash, the portion of the drawing -- which depicts a tree root stuck in a rock -- has …

What a Small Moment in the Obamacare Debate Says About Ideological Media

Does the legislation put the privacy of Americans at risk? More than progressives acknowledge—in part because of ham-handed conservative critiques.<p>Congress conducted hearings yesterday on the much maligned Obamacare website. The most contentious moment involved Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. …

'Little Maria' A Symbol Of The Many Missing Kids In Europe

For the last week, a blond girl named Maria became the poster child for missing children in Europe. Police took her from a Roma camp in Northern Greece during a raid while they searched for guns and drugs.<p>She was hiding under a dirty blanket, they said. Greek media openly suggested the Roma couple …

Michael Skakel case: Two trial jurors still convinced he is guilty

Two members of the jury that convicted Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel of murdering a teenage neighbor in 1975 said Friday they were surprised a judge granted him a new trial and remain convinced he did it.<p>Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for …

Kenya's women fight for justice as rapists are sentenced to cut the grass

Funerals can be lengthy affairs in western Kenya, and Liz, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, was out late at a wake for her grandfather that had stretched into the evening. She was on her way home when she recognised some familiar and unfriendly faces in the darkness. She knew instantly that the six men in …

Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

A school board in St. Helens, Ore., voted to allow teachers and staff to pack heat on school grounds, an official said.<p>St. Helens School Board …

James Holmes Trial: 'Self-Satisfying, Offensive Smirk' Is Not Evidence

The so-called "smirk" that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes allegedly gave to investigators shortly after the shooting is too ambiguous to be presented at trial, ruled district court Judge Carlos Samour.<p>The Denver Post reports that while Samour won't allow jurors to hear about the …

Power rivalry paralyses Bangladesh amid riots | US & Canada

As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of protesters and braces for three days of nationwide strikes, fears have been raised that the country's system of democracy is under threat, with forthcoming elections altogether derailed.<p>In yet another "déjà vu moment" for the South Asian nation, the next …