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Japan Shows Off Largest Warship In 60 Years

It's being called a destroyer, or perhaps a helicopter carrier. But by any name, Japan's new warship, unveiled Tuesday, is the largest it has built since World War II. The ship was shown to the public on the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and at a time of escalating tensions …

The Earth's Oceans Have Never Been Higher

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The story of climate change is largely a story about what's happening to the ocean. Most of the …

Obama says it is time to wind down Fannie and Freddie

Almost five years after taxpayers bailed out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, President Obama said on Tuesday that it's time for private investors to take a bigger role in the mortgage market.<p>Fannie and Freddie collapsed in 2008 before being bailed out with almost $200 billion in …

The RNC's NBC and CNN Boycott Threat Gets Liberal Backing

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Republican National Committee's planned boycott of NBC and CNN over their dueling Hillary …

Marathon bombing suspects met conspiracy theorist

The two suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing befriended a conspiracy theorist years before the attack, a lawyer said Tuesday.<p>BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev befriended a brain-damaged anti-U.S. government conspiracy theorist through their mother's …

President Obama on Leno: We won't be 'terrorized' by al Qaeda threats

President Barack Obama urged Americans to continue to "live our lives" on Tuesday amid a suspected al Qaeda threat that has closed more than a dozen U.S. embassies.<p>In his first public comments about the potential plot, Obama told "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno that the threat was …

Wall Street rules a conundrum for Christie

Getting reelected as New Jersey governor is the easy part for Chris Christie. It’s keeping the job while raising money for a presidential race that threatens to complicate his national ambitions.<p>The bombastic Garden State chief executive publicly waves off talk of a 2016 presidential run, even as …

Chinese anger as Japan launches biggest warship since WWII

Japan has launched its biggest warship since World War II on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, sparking Chinese accusations of a military escalation as tensions simmer between the two countries over disputed islands.<p>A ceremony was held in Yokohama on Tuesday for the 19,500 ton …

Did you share the $448 million Powerball jackpot? 3 winning tickets sold in Minnesota, NJ

Chances are you didn't win, but at least three people were celebrating being propelled into the ranks of the super-rich early Thursday.<p>Lottery officials announced that three winning tickets were sold for Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot of $448 million, the fourth largest lotto jackpot ever -- two in …

If You Insulted a Dolphin 20 Years Ago, He's Probably Still Bitter About It

A bottlenose has exhibited "the most durable social memory ever recorded for a non-human."<p>Say that, in 1993, you were at a bar having some beers with a dolphin. Say that the dolphin said, "I've got the tab," and you said, "Okay, thanks -- I've got the next one." Say that you proceeded to forget …

What We Know and Still Don't Know About the Embassy Closures

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Six days after the government announced and later extended the closure of various U.S. Embassies …

Stocks log 3-day losing streak amid fear of Fed tapering

Business News<p>Stocks recovered from their worst levels but still closed in the red for a third day Wednesday, with major averages retreating further from their recent highs, amid renewed concerns about when the Federal Reserve may start to wind down its bond-buying program.<p>"We expect this pullback …

Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

Morning Edition talks with NIH's Dr. Francis Collins<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>The family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got the chance to weigh in on how scientists use cells taken from her — without consent — more than 60 years ago.<p>The National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family …

Bitcoin is real money, says US district court

Bitcoin's status as a form of unregulated virtual money doesn't mean it's not subject to US currency laws, a federal district court has found. In a published decision from August 6th, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that the SEC's case against an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme master could go forward. …

Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome

Russia's immigration issues would be familiar to Americans: Millions of impoverished migrants have come and found low-wage jobs. Some are in Russia illegally and are exploited by their employers. And a growing number of Russians fear this influx of migrants, many of whom are Muslim, is changing the …

MM&A files for creditor protection after Lac-Mégantic rail disaster

The U.S.-based railway whose train crashed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., last month has filed for creditor protection in Canada and the United States, saying it is unable to deal with mounting bills arising from the disaster.<p>Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in …

Obama: U.S. will not retreat from abroad, 'we don't get terrorized'

The United States will not retreat from its involvement abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday amid days of threats that forced the closure of almost two dozen diplomatic facilities abroad.<p>As the administration and senior lawmakers warn of some of the most serious threats against U.S. …

Dream Nine immigration activists freed

A group of young immigration reform activists known as the "Dream Nine" has been released from federal custody at the culmination of the most audacious protest action yet launched by a nationwide coalition of undocumented Latinos.<p>The five men and four women emerged late on Wednesday from the Eloy …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

US will not reverse Middle East terror precautions in wake of foiled plot

The Obama administration cautioned on Wednesday that the terror threat to western outposts in the Middle East and Africa will not necessarily subside in the wake of Yemen's claim to have foiled a large-scale plot to attack an important port.<p>As details of the alleged plot emerged from the government …

Obama's Russia reset unravels

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the …

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Fed QE minutes spark brief gold price surge

The gold price mini-rally continued Wednesday after the minutes from US Federal Reserve policy makers showed "many" members believed asset purchases …

Chinese banks lend aggressively in early July, risking another...

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - New local currency yuan loans extended by China’s big four state-owned banks stood at an unusually large 170 billion yuan (18.3 billion pounds) in the first week of July, the official Shanghai Securities News said on Thursday, a move that may alarm regulators trying to strangle …

Vedanta restarts its Odisha alumina refinery

BHUBANESWAR: Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) today restarted its 1 million tonne per annum alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha, about seven months …

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Resumption of mining in Karnataka hit by cash crunch

KOLKATA/BANGALORE: After the Supreme Court allowed category A & B mines to resume operations in Karnataka three months ago, only 10-12 mines out of …

China finance minister signals may accept growth below 7 percent

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s finance minister signalled that Beijing may be willing to tolerate economic growth in the second half of the year significantly below 7 percent, marking the most sobering comment to date from a senior policymaker on the country’s slowdown.<p>Construction workers are seen …

IRS agents were told to hide cooperation with DEA intelligence gathering

Yesterday, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was thrust into the spotlight when Reuters published a story about its practice of recreating the investigative trail to conceal leads it receives from the NSA. Now we’re learning that the practice isn’t limited to the DEA; Reuters reports that …