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Mike Huckabee Talks 2016, But Is Anyone Listening?

Mike Huckabee is talking plenty about a potential 2016 presidential run, but is anyone still listening?<p>The former governor of Arkansas admitted he's …

Boston Police indefinitely suspend license plate reader program citing privacy concerns

Privacy advocates scored a major victory in Boston this week when the city’s police department announced it would indefinitely suspend its use of automated license plate readers. The <i>Boston Globe</i> reports that the 14 devices currently in use let the BPD scan as many as four million vehicles a year, …

With gang and drug violence growing in Central America, 'credible fear' applications to the U.S. have surged. But critics fear fraud.

U.S. seeing a surge in Central American asylum seekers<p>With gang and drug violence growing in Central America, 'credible fear' applications to the U.S. have risen sharply. But critics fear fraud.<p>December 15, 2013|By Cindy Chang and Kate Linthicum<p>A "credible fear" asylum seeker, who asked not to be …

Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again

Once again, French television screens are full of images of joyous Africans welcoming French troops.<p>In January, the French military intervened in Mali to help liberate large swaths of the country from radical jihadists. Now, for the second time this year, France has sent troops into an African …

Iran Space Monkey Reportedly Returns Safely To Earth After Successful Launch

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had sent a second live monkey into space and brought it back safely, the latest demonstration of the country's missile capabilities, state news agency IRNA reported.<p>"President Hassan Rouhani ... congratulated Iranian scientists and experts on successfully …

Biden, Japan PM Abe discuss East China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed tensions with China in the East China Sea and stressed the importance of security cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea.<p>U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers his …

At Nelson Mandela's last goodbye, music soars and then he's gone

QUNU, South Africa — When South African President<p>Jacob Zumastood at the microphone before a sea of mourners, the first notes of his unexpected song for liberation heroNelson Mandelawere lonely and poignant.<p>But the magic of the answering harmony of the mourners rose under a soaring, domed black …

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European researchers want to send snake robots to Mars

Can snake-like robots do a better job exploring Mars than the wheeled rovers humans have previously sent to the red planet? That's the working theory of researchers at the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), who believe that such a bot could help tackle the primary challenge …

A whale's life story is recorded in its ear wax

From a fetid, foot-long rod of earwax, extracted from the skull of a dead blue whale, scientists have unspooled an in-depth life story of one member of the largest mammals on earth. These waxy diaries could give marine biologists a new way to study the lives of a free-swimming species, and a window …

Biden: U.S. could be left behind on infrastructure

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden implored Americans on Monday to find the resources to invest in its ports, warning that the U.S. will fall behind its competitors unless it spends now to bolster its infrastructure.<p>Addressing a crowd of about 300 on a wind-swept dock in Charleston, …

Obama accuses Republicans of holding recovering US economy to ransom

Barack Obama on Monday accused his Republican opponents of holding the economic recovery to ransom, as the US faces another deadline over its borrowing limits.<p>In a speech that was overshadowed by news from Syria and fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Obama said he would not negotiate over …

U.N. report cites 'clear' use of chemical weapons in Syria

Inspectors' report on Syria comes as U.N. Security Council debates how to enforce a plan for Assad to give up his chemical arms.<p>September 16, 2013|By Paul Richter and Shashank Bengali<p>U.N. weapons inspectors are reportedly shown collecting samples last… (Local Committee of Arbeen )<p>WASHINGTON — A …

Naturally secreted chemicals could make you invisible to mosquitos

Mosquitos are undoubtably one of nature's most annoying lifeforms — annoying at the best of times, and disease-carriers at the worst. Humanity has made many efforts at repelling the troublesome insects, with the chemical DEET being perhaps the most well known example, but a group of scientists from …

Testicle size may indicate men's childcare aptitude, suggests US study

Men's aptitude for childcare may be reflected in the size of their testes, according to a study by US scientists.<p>Researchers found that men with smaller testes were more likely to take charge of children's bath-time, visits to the doctor, night-time comforting, and other parenting jobs than others …

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A GPS-Tracked Prairie Chicken Has Wandered 1,180 Miles Since April

The winding journeys of prairie chicken No. 112 make your Fitbit step count look like chump change.<p>A female prairie chicken is putting all other summer road trips to shame. Her circular jaunts around Iowa and Missouri added up to 1,180 miles between April and August--more than 200 miles a …

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What Obama Will Say When He Addresses the Nation on Tuesday

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As a growing number of lawmakers speak out against military action in Syria, President Obama will …

N Korea agrees to restore hotline with South

North Korea has agreed to restore a cross-border military hotline with South Korea, in another sign of easing tensions between the rivals in recent weeks, the South Korean government has said.<p>On Thursday, the two Koreas agreed at a meeting in Kaesong to restart the hotline starting Friday, Seoul's …