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W.H. group tackles campus assault

The Obama administration is beefing up a commitment to combating sexual violence on college campuses with the creation of a new task force and release of a new report Wednesday from the White House Council on Women and Girls.<p>Nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetimes, and alcohol …

Australia should probably get used to these devastating heat waves

In the late 1990s, a particularly strong El Niño oscillation scourged the world with droughts, floods, and disruptions to the food supply. Carrying the energy equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs, the titanic climate event was ultimately responsible for 23,000 deaths and at least $35 billion in …

Is there life on Ceres? Dwarf planet spews water vapor into space

Infrared readings from a space telescope confirm that water vapor is rising from the surface of Ceres, and that discovery is likely to heat up interest in a strange world that's the biggest asteroid as well as the smallest known dwarf planet.<p>The find comes just in time. Next year, NASA's Dawn …

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What will happen to global warming when we get the next big El Niño?

I'd like to declare a new season.<p>The back end of January is now the traditional time when we find out that the year we just had was one of the hottest on record.<p>I've no idea what we'd call this season, but it's upon us once again and it's becoming repetitive. It's been going on for a decade or more.<p>…

Brrrr: Cold lingers, with chance of more snow ahead

A wind-whipped winter storm that dumped a foot of snow or more through Wednesday morning in parts of the Northeast has left a trail of bitter cold that will linger into the weekend.<p>Anyone living east of the Rockies can expect “reinforcing shots of cold air,” said Bob Oravec, a National Weather …

Keystone Pipeline's Southern Section Begins Delivering Oil To Gulf Coast

A large section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline went into official operation Wednesday, in a move that supporters say will help ease the flow of oil to refineries in the Gulf Coast region. The Obama administration has yet to rule on the project's northern portion.<p>The 487-mile pipeline, …

Northeast locked in deep freeze and Texas expecting ice as winter tightens its grip

There’s no respite in sight from the worst of winter. Not even in Texas.<p>Forecasters say nuisance snowstorms — nothing like earlier this week, but enough to hamper cleanup efforts — will dust the Northeast over the coming days. High temperatures won’t climb out of the single digits in many places …