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Poll: Support for gay marriage hits high after ruling

WASHINGTON — A record majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, a USA TODAY poll finds. But the high court's rulings that struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act and tightened the rules on affirmative action aren't in sync with …

Russia Officially Makes It Illegal To Talk To Kids About Gays

Putin's okay was the last step in making the provision a law. On June 11, The Russian parliament's lower house unanimously passed the legislation, and the upper house approved it last week.<p>The law imposes hefty fines for disseminating any information about the LGBT community to minors, and holding …

San Francisco

Old bomb tests could help fight today’s elephant ivory poaching

Arican elephants at Mole National Park in Ghana.<p>Bomb tests generations ago could indirectly help fight illegal poaching of African elephants, new research shows.<p>Nuclear weapons tested in the atmosphere in the 1950s and '60s spread a radioactive variety of carbon worldwide, which was picked up by …

Endangered Species

Yoga Religion? California Schools Case Won't Stop Controversy

Is yoga religious?<p>In a closely watched lawsuit in the San Diego-area where a family had sued the Encinitas, Calif. school district for what it saw as government sponsorship of religion for its yoga classes, a judge ruled Monday that yoga has religious roots but is not religious the way it's taught …

Meteor shower and dancing planets to grace July night sky

Venus is now an "evening star" setting just after the sun.<p>Summer planets, constellations and a late-month meteor shower should combine to make July a skywatching treat, weather permitting.<p>The Delta Aquarid meteor shower graces the night sky at the end of July, and during the month, the …

Astronomy

China orders children to visit their aging parents

China has put into effect a law requiring grown children to visit their parents, though enforcement seems questionable.<p>BEIJING — China has for centuries prided itself on tight-knit families bound by filial piety, a Confucian concept that requires children to respect and take care of their parents …

Citing DOMA, Judge Gives Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban a Trial

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michigan's voter-approved gay marriage ban will face a trial after a federal judge declined a motion …

Canadians increasingly reporting aboriginal identity

Statisticians who parsed data from first National Household Survey were surprised to find many Canadians who had reported no aboriginal identity in the census of 2006 were standing up five years later to declare themselves to be First Nations or Inuit or Métis.<p>Aboriginal leaders attribute the …

Microbes to be 'last survivors' on future Earth

<b>The last surviving creatures on Earth will be tiny organisms living deep underground, according to scientists.</b><p>Researchers used a computer model to assess our planet's fate billions of years from now.<p>They found that as the Sun becomes hotter and brighter, only microbes would be able cope with the …

Universe

Vatican confirms Catholic priest was killed in Syria

<b>A Syrian Roman Catholic priest was killed in northern Syria last month, the Vatican has confirmed.</b><p>A statement said the circumstances of Father Francois Murad's death were "not fully understood", but that it happened on 23 June in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land in Ghassaniya.<p>The …

Middle East

Ultra-rare Ferrari 275 NART Spyder up for auction

One of only 10 built, this low-mileage, single-owner classic will highlight RM's Monterey auction.<p>Ferrari tends to base their roadsters on smaller V8 models, making an open-top front-engined V12 convertible from Maranello, Italy, something of a rarity. Fortunately this is a brand that specializes …

Classic Cars

Spectacular Images of the Antarctic

Renowned Italian photographer Enzo Barracco is celebrated primarily for his work in the fashion industry. Last year, he broke from that mold, packed …

Barclays Bank

Apple Files iWatch Trademark in 6 Countries

Apple has filed a trademark for “iWatch” with Japan’s patent office, seeking to protect the name it has coined and adding credence to rumors that the company is developing a smartwatch, according to a June 3 filing made public last week (spotted by Bloomberg News).<p><b>UPDATE:</b> According to a 9to5 Mac …