Jen Vasquez

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Women still struggling to win big-city mayoral jobs

Female candidates have already had two high-profile defeats this year.<p><i>Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon.</i><p>NEW YORK — High-profile mayoral elections this year have already proved that the steps to City Hall remain steep for female …

Why Did Penguins Stop Flying? The Answer Is Evolutionary

Penguins' swimming prowess cost them their ability to fly, a new study says.<p><b>Penguins lost the ability to fly eons ago, and scientists may have finally figured out why. A new study suggests that getting off the ground eventually just took too much effort for birds that were becoming expert …

Rare Breed of Killer Whale May Be New Species

Genetic research done on 50-year-old skeleton of "type D" killer whale.<p><b>A group of killer whales once thought to be genetic anomalies may in fact be a species all their own, according to a recent study in the journal Polar Biology.</b><p>The rarely-seen "type D" orcas—which live in the Southern Ocean—are …

HuffPost

Smart watches: what are Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft up to?

With the Galaxy Gear expected to be unveiled this week, Samsung's rivals are thought to be working on their own wrist-worn devices<p>"The wrist is interesting," said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at the All Things Digital D11 conference in May 2013, when being quizzed about his company's potential …

Daughter of Libya's former spy chief Senussi kidnapped

<b>The daughter of Libya's former intelligence chief has been abducted after leaving a prison in Tripoli.</b><p>Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said police had been escorting Anoud Abdullah al-Senussi from al-Rayoumi prison on Monday afternoon when they were ambushed by heavily armed gunmen.<p>The kidnappers …

Africa

Mexico City students and police clash over school reform

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1007000/1007084_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524668103_6233b91727ff06433e74f5dd98ef4cb4<p><b>Riot police in Mexico City have clashed near Congress with students opposed to the government's education reforms.</b><p>Some protesters threw rocks and …

Mexico City

UN calls for greater focus on sanitation and an end to open defecation

The UN has called on countries to give greater urgency to sanitation, particularly efforts to end open defecation.<p>"We must break taboos. As was the case for the word 'toilets' a few years ago, it is time to incorporate 'open defecation' in the political language and in the diplomatic discourse," …

Environment: News & features

Environment

Brazil tensions rise after new NSA spy report

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government condemned a U.S. spy program that reportedly targeted the nation's leader, labeled it an "unacceptable invasion" of sovereignty and called Monday for international regulations to protect citizens and governments alike from cyber espionage.<p>In a sign …

US intelligence on Syria gas attack 'unconvincing', says Russia

Western intelligence reports about Syrian use of chemical weapons that have been seen by the Russian government are “completely unconvincing,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.<p>Mr Lavrov said that evidence recently provided by the United States, Britain, and France showing regime …

The Extraordinary 30-Year Growth of the U.S. Hispanic Population

US 'spied on Brazil and Mexico presidents'

Brazil has demanded answers from the White House after it emerged that America’s National Security Agency had spied on President Dilma Rousseff and her counterpart in Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.<p>Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden showed the US monitored phones, emails and …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Stock markets soar on positive world manufacturing surveys

UK order books and output grew at fastest pace in 20 years while China's year-long contraction ended<p>Stock markets soared on Monday as surveys of manufacturing output around the world gave the strongest indication yet that the richest countries are finally shaking off the after-effects of the …

Part-timers: Dramatic shift in who is underemployed

The increase in part-time work since the recent recession is not unusual, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. But what has changed dramatically is the age of those taking the part-time work.<p>"The burden of part-time work has shifted to older people and that …

Labor Economics

To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids

Israel is in the midst of a massive, emergency immunization drive of all children under the age of 9 against polio.<p>Why?<p>Health workers detected the virus in southern Israel in February. Since then, they've found it in 85 different sewage samples across the country, the Global Polio Eradication …

Dell takes a second run at privatization

Michael Dell delayed his date with destiny once. On Wednesday, he will try again.<p>That's when the shareholders of Dell Inc. are scheduled to vote on a $24.4-billion (U.S.) deal that would take the computer giant private after 25 years as a publicly-traded company.<p>Originally set for July 18, the vote …

Measles outbreak in Texas traced back to anti-vaccination televangelist

An outbreak of measles in North Texas has so far sickened 22 people, and public health officials are now drawing a connection between the flare-up and a local church whose leader reportedly advocated against childhood vaccinations and linked them to the development of autism.<p>As far as health …

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

<b>Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.</b><p>The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Imperial College London

The Average American Worker Has Made No Progress In The Past Decade

The mass layoffs and sky-high unemployment levels of the Great Recession have mostly receded. What's left is a bigger issue: the fact that wages basically haven't moved in a decade for the majority of American workers.<p>A new report from the Economic Policy Institute, highlighted by economist Jared …

Surgeon livestreams operation using Google Glass

Google Glass has made its way to the OR. A surgeon from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center donned the new headset during a routine surgery last week, and streamed point-of-view footage live to a group of students on the other side of town. "I can start to appreciate the connectivity it …