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    American Dentist Says He Regrets Role in Death of Cecil the Lion

    Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, says he thought everything was above board with the lion hunt he paid to go on in Zimbabwe earlier this month. But the lion that he and his local guides hunted down and killed wasn’t just any big cat, according to Zimbabwean officials. It was Cecil, one of Africa’s best known lions and a major tourist draw for Zimbabwe. The 13-year-old black mane lion suffered a slow and painful death, according to the Zimbabwe […]

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    Cell Phones and Risk of Brain Tumors — What’s the Real Science?

    BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors. The ordinance, called the Right to Know law, will start to require retailers to give customers a handout, or display a sign in the store, telling them about federal guidelines on the amount of radiation that cell phones can emit […]

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    Smithsonian Uses Kickstarter to Raise $550,000 Needed to Preserve Neil Armstrong Space Suit

    WASHINGTON — The 46 years since Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon have not lessened the sense of wonder of that that moment. But the decades have deteriorated Armstrong’s iconic space suit, which for years has been locked away in climate-controlled storage. Now, a Kickstarter campaign will ensure that this piece of history goes back on display at the National Air and Space Museum to inspire generations. Donors have pledged more than $550,000 to preserve the suit Armstrong wore on […]

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    Chinese Mother Saves Son Seconds Before Falling to Death Inside Escalator

    Security camera footage has emerged of a mother saving her young son’s life seconds before losing her own on an escalator in China. The 30-second video begins innocently enough: As the escalator in a shopping mall almost reaches the top, a woman in a white shirt and black skirt lifts up her young son to get ready to step off. But as she does, a metal panel suddenly collapses under her feet and she falls into the gap. Struggling with […]

  • Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews continue the search for two boys reported overdue after not returning from their fishing trip in the vicinity of Jupiter, Florida, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Austin Stephanos (left) 14, and Perry Cohen (right), 14, are missing. The pair was last seen in the Jupiter area.

    Search Continues for Two 14-Year-Old Boys Who Mysteriously Disappeared While Fishing Off Florida Coast

    JACKSONVILLE — The search for two 14-year-old boys who went missing on a Friday fishing trip has moved north and is focused off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen around Jupiter, Florida, reportedly heading to the Bahamas to fish. The Coast Guard found their 19-foot boat Sunday, capsized 67 nautical miles (about 77 miles, or 124 kilometers) off Florida’s Ponce de Leon Inlet There was no sign of […]

  • A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Tuesday recommended approval of a new type of experimental cholesterol-fighting drug that could be more potent and carry fewer side effects than statins, which are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States.

    FDA Approves New Cholesterol Lowering Drug

    ATLANTA — The FDA approved the new cholesterol lowering drug alirocumab, brand name Praluent, on Friday. The injectable drug, from Regeneron and Sanofi, is the first in a new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. The drug works by making the liver more efficient at getting rid of LDL, or bad cholesterol. Praluent is approved for patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, or HeFh, which is an inherited condition that causes high LDL cholesterol levels. It is also approved for patients who […]

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    Two Women Killed in Louisiana Theater Shooting

    LAFAYETTE, LA — One co-owned a gift and toy shop. Another was a college student who also worked at a women’s clothing store and planned to start radiology school in the coming days. Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, were among those shot Thursday night by a gunman at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater at a showing of the Amy Schumer comedy, “Trainwreck.” Breaux, of Franklin, Louisiana, was shot dead at the scene, and Johnson, who was from Lafayette, […]

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    Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Remarks

    Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan issued an apology Friday after the National Enquirer released a transcript of statements he made that included racial slurs. The remarks were recorded in an “unauthorized sex tape,” according to the Enquirer, and included the n-word in reference to the dating life of his daughter, Brooke. He has since apologized. “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” Hogan says in a statement. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; […]

  • Heather McManamy and her husband Jeff have decided to cherish as many small moments together as they have left following Heather's cancer diagnosis. She wrote cards for every milestone she anticipates for her daughter. In this photograph, the family celebrating Brianna's 4th birthday.

    Dying Mom Writes a Lifetime of Cards for Daughter

    MCFARLAND, Wisc. — It was a grim realization for Heather McManamy when she discovered during an echocardiogram that the breast cancer she fought so hard against had metastasized. Her stage two cancer, which was diagnosed in April 2014, had spread. There was cancer in her liver, bones, even her skull. “It was pretty much everywhere,” the 35-year-old McFarland, Wisconsin, resident said. The young mother already knew there was roughly a 50-50 chance she would have a cancer recurrence before age […]

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    NASA Announces Findings of ‘Earth’s Bigger, Older Cousin’

    WASHINGTON — NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted “Earth’s bigger, older cousin”: the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own. Though NASA says it can’t say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it’s the closest match yet found. “Today, Earth is a little less lonely,” Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said. The planet, Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light years from […]

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    Are Bananas Going Extinct… Again?

    Fifty years ago, we were eating better bananas. They tasted better, they lasted longer, they were more resilient and didn’t require artificial ripening. They were — simply put — a better fruit, because they belonged to a different species, or cultivar in banana parlance. It was called Gros Michel and it remained the world’s export banana until 1965. That year, it was declared commercially extinct due to the Panama disease, a fungal disease that started out from Central America and […]

  • Video of a handgun fired from a hovering drone into a wooded area was posted on YouTube apparently by an 18-year-old Connecticut student whose father says his son created the drone for a college class. The local police chief says the gun drone appears legal as video shows it firing on private land, but the FAA and law enforcement continue to investigate.

    Teen’s Gun-Firing Drone Triggers Federal Probe

    CLINTON, Conn. — Video of a handgun fired from a hovering drone into a wooded area has been posted on YouTube — where it has gone viral — apparently by an 18-year-old Connecticut student whose father says his son created the drone for a college class. No one was harmed, nor has the teenager been arrested or charged. Still, the video has stirred fresh debate about the use of, and dangers posed by, drones. While armed unmanned aircraft have long […]

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