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GOP set to strike back at Obama food policies

The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in doughnuts. But the new Republican Congress is already laying the groundwork to push back …

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can't do it all alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in.<p>On a recent morning, parents and children gathered in the …

Royal tour day 14: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take Prince George to the zoo - Telegraph

SpaceX Cargo Ship Delivers Easter Goodies to Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.<p>The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon instead of a bunny.<p>"Gentlemen, the Easter Dragon is knocking at the door," NASA's Mission Control said as the capsule was bolted into place.<p>The …

Egypt's Population Boom Threatens Cultural Treasures

Surging demand for housing and services puts historical sites at risk.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>On a blustery February morning, residents of Alexandria's Wabour el Maya district woke to the din of bulldozers and power drills tearing into the decorative brick</b> …

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk: 'Putin trying to restore Soviet Union'

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to "restore the Soviet Union", in an interview on US television.<p>Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Mr Yatsenyuk says that if Mr Putin is successful, it will be "the biggest disaster of this …

South Korea ferry: divers recover more bodies after entering ship

Divers have begun to recover bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll past 50, officials said on Sunday.<p>After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers finally found a way into the ferry, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the …

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When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

<b>Listen · 3:13</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Big, fierce animals — lions and tigers and bears, for example — are relatively scarce in nature. That's normal, because if you have too many, they'll eat themselves out of prey.<p>But top predators are now so rare that many are in danger of …

Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia; Plant Shut Down

More than 100,000 customers of one water company in West Virginia have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with the water coming from their taps because of chemicals that seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday.<p>The warning covers all or parts of nine counties (listed below). More …

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China's leaders address Chairman Mao's 're-education through labour' by closing labour camps across country and releasing tens of thousands of prisoners<p><b>China</b> appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them …

The dark side of the moon is turquoise, say astronomers

In a demonstration of the power of science to ruin a perfectly respectable work of art, researchers have discovered the colour of the dark side of the moon.<p>Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii mean that pedants may now argue that, technically speaking, if one wanted to be entirely accurate, the …

Franklin McCain, civil rights leader who helped spark sit-ins, dies at 73

Franklin McCain, the African-American civil rights leader who helped launch sit-in protests against whites-only policies at lunch counters in the South, died at the age of 73, his alma mater and family said Friday.<p>McCain and three classmates at North Carolina A&T State University were dubbed the …

Pakistani Teen Aitizaz Hasan To Be Awarded Highest Honour, After He Sacrificed Life To Tackle Suicide Bomber

Pakistan's prime minister has promised the highest civil award for bravery to a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to save his school from a suicide …

Documents reveal anger, confusion over bridge closings linked to Christie staff

Documents released Friday reveal Port Authority officials were warned a plan to reduce lanes on the GW Bridge, which was apparently executed by members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff as an act of political revenge, could be a “potential disaster” for commuters.<p>However, they pressed on …

21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

Dept. of Friendly Reminders: What Happened on Downton Abbey Last Year

With no <i>Downton Abbey</i> in the U.S. for the past 10 months, viewers can be forgiven for forgetting some of the details of estate life. Is anyone in …

This Is Why You Can Never Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We start every new year with the feeling of a clean slate, a time that we can set our goals and intentions and actually make the changes we want to see in our lives, to get rid of those nagging bad habits and usher in some good ones. But by February, many of our resolutions are already abandoned or …

'Lucky Bags' Go on Sale at Japanese Apple Stores, Big-Ticket Items Included

Apple Stores across Japan have today begun selling different configurations of the Fukubukuro, or "lucky bag", giving customers the chance to purchase a random assortment of products sold at a steep discount, reports Japanese blog <i>Mac Otakara</i> [Google Translate].<p>This year's lucky bags, which sell for …

ASUS user manual confirms VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet

ASUS has just verified that a VivoTab Note 8 slate is imminent after it published the manual on its own site. According to leaks we saw earlier at the FCC and elsewhere, the Windows 8.1 device will be powered by an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core CPU and have 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 1,280 x …

Leak shows LG's radical new interface for its webOS Smart TVs

LG's rumored webOS Smart TV is tipped to arrive at CES in the coming days, but that hasn't stopped intrepid leaker <i>@evleaks</i> from giving us what could be an early preview of its next connected set. In what appears to be a significant departure from the smartphone-like UI utilized in its current Smart …

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.<p>Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a …

'Syrian Electronic Army' hacks in to Skype

Hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claims credit for hacking in to Skype and also posts contact information of Microsoft's retiring chief executive Steve Ballmer on its Twitter account<p>The Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian …

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