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    Bit by a Squirrel? There’s Now a Medical Code for That (W53.21XA)

    WASHINGTON — If you get hurt in a close encounter with a sea lion, injured at the library or burned when your water skis catch on fire for the second time, you are now in luck. Before today your doctor had no way to code for these specific injuries (W56.19XA, Y92.241 and V91.07XD, respectively), but now these unusual circumstances — along with over 137,000 new classified ways to get injured, sick or die — will be represented in the way […]

  • Authorities were "responding to reports of an active shooter" Thursday morning at the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a sheriff's spokesman said.

    New Details in Oregon Community College Shooting

    ROSEBURG, OR — Investigators found 13 firearms connected to the man who killed nine people at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, Celinez Nunez of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives said Friday at a news conference. Six weapons were found at the college, where the shooter died Thursday after a gun battle with police, she said. Those weapons included five pistols and one rifle. Police searched his residence and found seven firearms — two pistols, four rifles and […]

  • Yosemite Falls, seen here from Cook's Meadow in the spring, provides plenty of photo ops. The park was created on October 1, 1906.
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    Yosemite National Park Celebrates 125th Anniversary

    When Yosemite became a national park on October 1, 1890, the National Park Service had not been created. Just 24 years earlier, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant bill on June 30, 1864, to protect the Mariposa Grove and the Yosemite Valley areas of California. (The state managed that land.) The federal government’s act 150 years ago was the first instance of the U.S. government setting aside scenic wilderness for public use and preservation. By the time Yosemite […]

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    Target Expands Price Match Policy, Includes Online Purchases

    NEW YORK — Target is expanding its price match guarantee to items bought online. The retailer had excluded purchases from its policy that lets customers get a better deal if they show that someone else is selling the same item for less. Price matching was only available at stores. But starting Thursday, Target says it will also give the price guarantee for online purchases. will match prices at 29 retailers, including of course Amazon and It will […]

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    Scientists Discover First ‘Glowing’ Sea Turtle

    SOLOMON ISLANDS — That’s not a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” floating before your eyes. You’re seeing the first biofluorescent reptile discovered by scientists. While filming small sharks and coral reefs in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, marine biologists had a stunning encounter with a “glowing” sea turtle. Scientists captured footage of a hawkbill sea turtle emitting neon green and red light. The discovery was made in late July by David Gruber of the City University of New York […]

  • Guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) pulls up alongside guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during maneuvering exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Coleman Thompson (RELEASED)

    USS Simpson Decomissioned; Last Modern U.S. Navy Warship to Sink an Enemy Vessel in Action

    NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Florida — The USS Simpson has turned into a ghost ship. Its passageways are pitch black and steamy hot. It’s silent, the constant hum of machinery that’s the heartbeat of a warship eerily absent. Its windows are covered and ventilation sealed off. Its battle ribbons have been removed, its flag lowered. But the ship still has a story to tell. The U.S. Navy decommissioned the 30-year-old frigate Tuesday and with it shut the back cover on one […]

  • NASA's Mars Curiosity rover completed a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24, 2014 having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

    NASA Announces ‘Mars Mystery Solved’

    Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there. While the discovery doesn’t by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or present, it does boost hopes that the harsh landscape still offers some refuge for microbes to cling to existence. “The existence of liquid water, even […]

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    VIDEO: Time Lapse of Rare ‘Supermoon’

    The sun, the Earth and the moon lined up in a row to put on a light show in Sunday’s night sky, and people around the world looked up to watch the lunar eclipse. ** Submit your photos to our Supermoon, Lunar Eclipse Slideshow HERE ** It was a special one for at least two reasons. First, this moon was a supermoon. It happened to be at perigee, the spot in its slightly oblong orbit that brings it closest to […]

  • Rep. John Boehner makes impromptu comments on the Hill regarding the government shutdown on Monday, September 30, 2013.

    House Speaker John Boehner Announces Resignation

    WASHINGTON — John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who steered his party to an overwhelming House majority in 2010, said in a news conference Friday afternoon he had decided only that morning to announce his plans to resign from Congress. “Last night I started thinking about this and this morning I woke up and I said my prayers — as I always do — and I decided today’s the day I’m going to do this. As simple as that,” Boehner said […]

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    CVS Now Stocks ‘Overdose-Antidote’ Drug in Pennsylvania

    NEW YORK — Deaths in America caused by accidental overdoses to prescription medications have quadrupled since 1999. CVS wants to do something about that. The company said Thursday it’s putting an opioid antidote on its shelves in 12 states. The drug, Naloxone, reverses opioid overdoses and is already available without a prescription at CVS’s in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The following states will now have access as well: Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, […]

  • Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday. April 15, in all its splendor. The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.

    Watch Live: Rare Supermoon Eclipse

    * More live stream links below Stargazers, night owls and space observers, be prepared, the eclipse of the supermoon is coming. The United States and much of the world will see skies graced by a bright, big moon that will be encapsulated in a total lunar eclipse late Sunday evening into early Monday, according to NASA. The lunar combination is happening for the first time in 30 years. The supermoon, which comes around once every year, will appear 14% larger […]

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    Pope Francis Poised to Deliver Historic Speech to Congress

    WASHINGTON — Pope Francis will make history on Thursday by becoming the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress in a speech that’s expected to challenge lawmakers on some of the most divisive issues in American politics. Then, in another gesture designed to make politicians uncomfortable, Francis won’t enjoy a lavish meal with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Instead, he’ll go directly to a lunch with homeless people helped by Catholic charities. On the third day of his visit […]


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