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Know Your Earth 3.0: SAGE III

It was in Mrs. Crockrell's middle school science class in Gig Harbor, Wash., that Brooke Thornton first considered a career in science. A combination …

Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

This artist's animation depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. As the white dwarf crosses in …

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The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal Obamacare

Think the war was over when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law? Mitch McConnell isn't ready to give up that easily.<p>A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama's health-care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the …

Residents Wait To Return Home After Landslide On Puget Sound Island

Residents forced from their homes on Puget Sound's scenic Whidbey Island in Washington State are waiting for a green light from geologists and engineers after a large landslide knocked a house off its foundation and threatened to damage several others.<p>The landslide on the island, about 50 miles …

Climate Change Belongs In Classrooms, Say New National Science Education Guidelines

Only 1 in 5 students currently say they understand climate change from what they learned in school.<p>New nationwide science-education standards are coming soon, and they'll include a lesson plan that should help the next generation of youngsters understand the world they will grow up in. These new …

Hagel: U.S. must take 'bellicose' N. Korea seriously

WASHINGTON — North Korea's provocative and "bellicose" actions in recent weeks must be taken seriously, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.<p>Hagel, at a Pentagon news conference, noted that he had been in contact with South Korean officials. He was critical of North Korea's increasingly …

Bernie Sanders Targets 'Too Big To Jail' Banks In New Legislation

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is preparing to introduce legislation that would break up the notorious “too big to fail” banks, The Hill reported Wednesday.<p>“We have a situation now where Wall Street banks are not only too big to fail, they are too big to jail,” Sanders said. “That is unacceptable and …

Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

A cut to the largest internet cable that connects Europe and Asia caused severe service disruption that stretched from from Africa to Pakistan.<p>Chief …

As long as this North Korean border factory stays open, nuclear armageddon is unlikely

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are getting uncomfortably high. On Thursday the US sent two nuclear-capable stealth B-2 bombers on a flyover of South Korea as a show of force. North Korean’s boyish leader Kim Jong-un has ramped up his aggression in response, putting the country’s missile …

North Korea

Hong Kong, scarred by SARS, plays it safe with a nasty new coronavirus

The last time a coronavirus reached near-pandemic status—you may remember it as SARS—Hong Kong was hit with 1755 cases and 299 deaths, and severe damage to its economy. Now there’s a new coronavirus on the loose, and though there is no sign yet that it’s the next SARS, Hong Kong and world health …

Hong Kong

Tiny DNA Switches Aim To Revolutionize 'Cellular' Computing

If you think programming a clock radio is hard, try reprogramming life itself. That's the goal of Drew Endy, a synthetic biologist at Stanford University.<p>Endy has been working with a laboratory strain of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria. He sees the microbes as more than just single-cell organisms. They're little …

Gun control: Obama invokes memory of Newtown in emotional plea

Barack Obama rejected criticism on Thursday that he has delayed too long on gun reform, allowing memories of the Newtown shooting to fade and …

Obama Promoting Public Works Plan In Miami

<i>By JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS</i><p>WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will promote a plan to create jobs by attracting private investment in highways and other public works during a visit Friday to a Miami port, a senior administration official said.<p>The president will flesh out details of his …

Banks made $32 billion on overdraft fees last year

Bank customers may complain about hefty overdraft fees, but they’re using the service more and paying the price.<p>A new report from Moebs Services, a respected economic research firm, shows overdraft revenue at banks, credit unions and thrift institutions totaled $32 billion last year. That’s an …

Finance

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

Obama Presses Plan to Create Jobs

NYC to Sift Construction Debris for More 9/11 Remains

The city has collected about 60 dump truck loads of debris from construction areas around the World Trade Center site over the past two and a half …

World Trade Center

North Korea in 'state of war' with South

North Korea has announced that it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea and would deal with every inter-Korean issue accordingly.<p>"As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a …

Most effects of sequester yet to be felt

One month after the automatic budget cuts went into effect, uncertainty remains.<p>WASHINGTON -- A month after the so-called "sequester" triggered $85 billion in automatic cuts to the federal budget, you'd be hard-pressed to find much evidence that anything has changed.<p>Flights haven't been grounded, …