USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and a unnamed corporation plans to address the ‘boar taint problem’ which causes a pig’s meat to smell of male reproductive organs that can make their meat ill-fit for market by altering a pig’s genome.
Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. ground troops to hotspots around the Middle East. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to the president, who has said he doesn't want to increase U.S. military presence in Yemen despite the deteriorating security condition in that country.
Pro-Russian rebels launched new attacks against Ukrainian government positions on Sunday, the Kiev army said, as Western countries threatened more sanctions against Moscow for backing a new separatist offensive.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.
A bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years at Oxford University. It's powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. Researchers would love to know what the battery is made of, but they are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last.
Iran, according to Tasnim news agency, has almost entirely eliminated USDollars from its reserves and is no longer using dollars in foreign trade.
Donetsk People's Republic) president Alexander Zakharchenko: "There will no longer be any attempts to speak about a ceasefire from our side. We will now see how Kiev reacts. Kiev doesn’t currently understand that we can advance in three directions simultaneously". Kiev announced a 4th wave build-up of 50,000-100,000 troops.
Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years.
As genetically-modified microbes take on ever more tasks – from creating new pharmaceuticals to turning out clean fuel sources – researchers have searched for a way to biologically isolate them from their wild counterparts, so that if they were ever accidentally released, they wouldn’t be able to survive.
A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this type of theft is “commonplace” among airport security. Almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers since 2003, used X-ray scanners to locate the most valuable items to snatch. “I could tell whether it was cameras or laptops or portable cameras or whatever kind of electronic was in the bag.”
Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira: country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. The drought is also having an impact on energy supplies, with reduced generation from hydroelectric dams.
Iran no longer uses the US dollar in foreign trade transactions, replacing it with other currencies including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won; deputy governor at Iranian Central Bank told the Tasnim News Agency.
a compound in brown mustard called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) was 100% effective at keeping cancer from spreading to muscles’ cells from the bladder, and bladder cancer growth within the organ was reduced by 34% in a recently conducted experiment.
One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.
Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy. San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a little-known California statute that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities.
United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first.
The billionaires and corporate oligarchs meeting in Davos this week are getting worried about inequality. 80 individuals now have the same net wealth as 3.5 billion people – half the entire global population. 1% will have pocketed more than the other 99% put together.
Drones cheaper tooperate than regular fighter jets. An armed MQ-9 Reaper drone runs about $14 million, compared to $180 million or more for an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Drones that DARPA is envisioning would not be firing on human targets without approval from another human. What are those rules when it comes to robots?
Retailers and producers should “curb their economic appetite” and drop their level of profit on products; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The United States has admitted that an Australian man detained in Guantanamo for "material support for terrorism" is innocent; Reuters.
4 Chengguan, the most hated police-inspectors in China, beaten to death by angry people in Wenzhou City, after they killed a man with a hammer trying to take pictures of their violence towards a woman, a street vendor.
The city of Margate is the first in Florida to unanimously pass a bill that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), follows a trend of other Florida cities proposing similar bills.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks on “bilateral politics, economic relations, energy security and the armed conflict in Ukraine.” Hungarian exports to Russia have fallen 13 percent since the introduction of sanctions.
Ukrainian security forces have launched 23 attacks on localties in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic used multiple rocket launchers. eight killed, twenty injured in the shelling attacks.
The Ukrainian army says its troops have lost control of the main terminal of the Donetsk airport, which has been the scene of fierce clashes between pro-Russia fighters and Kiev’s forces in recent weeks. The loss of the airport’s main terminal is viewed as a major blow to Ukrainian forces.
At least nine people were killed and up to 20 injured in a shelling in Donetsk on Thursday morning. In the wake of the attack, conflicting reports emerged over the arrests of what local authorities call a 'covert group. A trolleybus was also hit, Conflicting reports, may have been up to 13 deaths.
Affected urchins have dull flattened spines (droopy urchins), or gradual to complete loss of spines (outside skeleton bare). Some are found empty with some tissue and spine remaining on their surface. a critically endangered Rota crow died from liver cancer, unusual in that cancer is rare in wildlife in general.
The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unveiled plans aimed at pulling the oil-rich South American country out of recession. In an annual address to the legislature, he said the government is set to increase wages and pensions 15 percent, deliver 400,000 new homes for the poor and increase grants for students. Accused opposition groups of sabotaging the economy.
Barely had the ink dried on another diplomatic attempt to bring peace to eastern Ukraine than a bloody explosion ripped through a trolleybus in Donetsk, killing 13 people. Major shrapnel damage to a nearby building, and a separate impact nearby where a tram had been hit.
Former US drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant admits he “couldn’t stand” himself for his participation in the country’s drone program for six years – firing on targets whose identities often went unconfirmed.
The decision by Obama, whose relationship with Netanyahu has often been tense, might be interpreted as a snub because leaders from Israel, a staunch U.S. ally, are almost always afforded talks with the American president on trips to Washington. Netanyahu has accused Obama of making too many concessions to Iran for too little.
Already, in developing countries people are storing money digitally on their phones and using their phones to make purchases, as if they were debit cards. By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account will be storing money and making payment with their phones. By then, mobile money providers will be offering the full range of financial services, from interest-bearing savings accounts to credit to insurance.”
Debt-serfs must borrow money to buy essentials while wealthy borrow to invest in productive assets, goods and services must be paid with highly profitable debt. Need to borrow to pay for essentials evident in student loans, vehicles and housing. Result is a system in which majority of productive assets are owned by the few who have the means to exploit the many.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, arrested on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, taken into custody by FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison.
Survey approved by a faculty advisor at UK emailed to the students asked "What is your preferred University policy on free speech on campus?" Here were the possible answers: A single designated free speech zone in a specific location on campus. Multiple designated free speech zones in various locations across campus. No preference.
DAVOS, Switzerland: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked the IMF for a new and broader rescue package, IMF, last year granted Kiev US$17 billion in financial aid as part of a broader US$27 billion global rescue package, has expressed fears that the former Soviet country may need an additional US$15 billion in immediate aid.
Police in a Mexican border city said a drone loaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. Drones carrying illegal drugs and contraband have been among the creative ideas used by smugglers, and crashes do happen from loss of control or perhaps weight-and-balance problems.
Kiev is sending poorly trained, fresh recruits into battle. They are shelling civilian areas (e.g., Gorlovka) but not providing cover, recon, or reinforcements to the men doing the fighting against the NAF. The Novorossiyans are repelling whatever is thrown at them, taking out entire tank companies. Kiev’s troops basically have two options: surrender or die.
A woman in Hamlin, Texas is fighting charges of driving without a license and expired registration after she was arrested and jailed by cops while WALKING home with groceries. She produced a valid license and registration. STILL the charges were not dropped, case continues.
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