Rose M. Rainey

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US pushes Europe to amend arms embargo on Syrian rebels

The United States is lobbying European governments to back a British-led call to amend the EU arms embargo on Syria to put pressure on President …

Post-tornado peril: Victims could face deadly fungal infections

Doctors treating victims hurt badly in Monday’s devastating Moore, Okla., tornado should be alert for a rare but deadly complication of wind-whipped debris: fungal infections like those that killed five people after the Joplin, Mo., twister in 2011.<p>That’s the word from government experts in fungal …

The world's first emergency face transplant a success, say Polish surgeons

A 33-year-old Polish man whose face was brutally maimed during a workplace accident has become the first patient in the world to undergo a life-saving face transplant procedure. Surgeons today announced the successful results of the emergency undertaking, which occurred a mere three weeks after the …

Man with ties to Boston bombing suspect admits role in 2011 murders; shot during FBI questioning

Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and another man — who was killed by the FBI on Wednesday — murdered three people in Massachusetts after a drug deal went wrong in 2011, law enforcement sources tell NBC News.<p>Sources say that what began as a drug ripoff ended in a triple homicide when …

White House says drone strikes have killed four US citizens

The White House has launched a new effort to draw a line under its controversial drone strike policy by admitting for the first time that four …

Top Republican: GOP ‘old boy network’ doesn’t value women as much

By Aaron Blake<p>, Senior reporter<p>Republicans continue to struggle with electing women to office because of the remnants of the party's "old boy network," says the man who leads the party's effort to win state and local elections.<p>Chris Jankowski, the president of the Republican State Leadership …

How half the rice in the Chinese city of Guangzhou was poisoned by pollution

The latest in China’s rolling cascade of food safety disasters comes from Guangzhou—the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, and one of China’s largest cities—where 44% of rice samples were found to contain poisonous levels of cadmium (link in Chinese). That rice was being served to …

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Irish potato famine mystery solved after 168 years

Scientists believe they have finally identified the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. <i>BBC News</i> reports a research team led by The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, used dried leaf cuttings — some of which are nearly 170 years old — to reconstruct the spread of the HERB-1 strain …

Chinese still stormy over N. Korean fishing boat capture

Number of Afghan women jailed for fleeing abuse soars

The number of Afghan women jailed for fleeing forced and abusive marriages, and other "moral crimes", has soared since 2011, according to Human …

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Judiciary panel OKs immigration bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave final approval Tuesday to a sweeping immigration reform bill, setting up a debate on the Senate floor for early June.<p>Three Republicans joined 10 Democrats to support the bill, which would create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, …

Bulletproof Whiteboards And The Marketing Of School Safety

A recent news item out of Minnesota caught our eye: "Bulletproof Whiteboards Unveiled at Rocori Schools."<p>Bulletproof what? Where?<p>That would be whiteboards, at the small central Minnesota Rocori School District, which will spend upward of $25,000 for the protective devices produced by a company …

Rain will get more extreme thanks to global warming, says NASA study

The forecast for the future of rainfall on Earth is in: over the next hundred years, areas that receive lots of precipitation right now are only going to get wetter, and dry areas will go for longer periods without seeing a drop, according to a new NASA-led study on global warming. "We looked at …

NRA lobbyist, arms dealer played key role in growth of civilian market for military-style guns

By Tom Hamburger<p>, Reporter<p>Sari Horwitz<p>, Reporter<p>Rene Carlos Vos, an arms dealer in Alexandria, began hanging around the Washington headquarters of the National Rifle Association in the mid-1980s. The NRA’s staff was intrigued to see the garrulous, backslapping Vos in the group’s seventh-floor …

Do Louisianans Have the Right to a Speedy Trial?

The Supreme Court brushes away a man who waited seven years to get his case before a judge.<p>Shannon Stapleton/Reuters<p>There has been for decades now an ideological split at the United States Supreme Court over the Sixth Amendment's right to a speedy trial -- one of the most basic of due process …

U.S. military plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

An American military refueling plane took off and crashed in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, Kyrgyz and U.S. officials said.<p>"The status of the three crew members is unknown," the U.S. 376th Air Expeditionary Wing said in a news release.<p>The plane was a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft, according to the …

Israel launches air strike on Syria

The Israeli Air Force has conducted an air strike on Syria targeting a container of weaponry bound for the Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah, an Israeli official confirmed.<p>The early morning strike on Friday targeted “game-changing” weapons believed to be long-range missiles, an <b>Israeli</b> …

Obama will use Mexico visit to discuss co-operation against drugs cartels

Barack Obama will use a visit to Mexico this week to discuss a potential rift over the unfettered cross-border access enjoyed by US agents in the war …

Boston Suspect Month Before Attack: I Know How to Build a Bomb

Just a month before three people were killed and more than 260 others injured when a pair of bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line at …

8 Mistakes Rookie Business Travelers Make

That may seem like a fortune to budget travelers, but there are plenty of hidden costs associated with traveling for work that have nothing to do with food or shelter.<p>Like any craft, learning the ins and outs of saving on business travel takes time. To help, we've rounded up a few of the most …

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