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    A new Pew poll shows a dramatic change in opinion on climate change among Republicans that seems to mirror a new tone on the issue taken up by GOP politicians.

    In the poll, 53 percent of Republicans said there is no evidence for climate change, when only three years ago 62 percent of GOPers said they did believe in global warming. Almost 80 percent of Democrats and a majority of independents said there is solid evidence for global warming.

    Overall, 59 percent of adults thought there was good evidence that the planet is warming, and 34 percent said global warming is mostly caused by human activity. Both numbers are down steeply from 2006.

    [Rewind: Noted anti-global warming scientist changes course]

    An overwhelming number of scientists say global warming exists, is harmful and is caused by human-created carbon emissions, from cars, factories and other sources. Even climate-change "skeptics" agree that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means higher temperatures, as Bjorn Lomborg tells The Daily Beast. Lomborg made a documentary saying global pacts to reduce carbon emissions are not a good idea, but agrees that evidence for man-made climate change is undeniable.

    "Ninety-seven percent of top scientists are in agreement, but the public is split about 50-50," University of Minnesota professor John Abraham told the AFP. (The Pew poll shows that only 44 percent of Americans think most scientists believe in man-made climate change.) Meanwhile, a group of hundreds of U.S. scientists announced this month they want to speak out on climate change to battle misinformation.

    So why the disconnect?

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  • GOP leaders: Fed focuses too much on unemployment

    BernankeBernankeA quick followup to yesterday's post noting that the Federal Reserve is increasingly being drawn into political debates from which it had once been able to remain aloof — potentially compromising its independence.

    It looks like that process is only going to speed up. Two top Republicans, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, now want to change the Fed's mission, so that it focuses only on controlling inflation, and not on reducing unemployment. That's in spite of the fact that unemployment is at a whopping 9.6 percent, while inflation remains low.

    The proposal comes in the wake of the Fed's effort to jump-start the economy by buying $600 billion worth of Treasury bonds — a move that some have said risks causing inflation to spike down the road.

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    Last night in front of an audience of hundreds at a presentation at the University of Southern California, TV personality Bill Nye — popularly known as the "Science Guy" — collapsed midsentence as he walked toward a podium. Early indications are that Nye is OK, but what's odd about the incident isn't so much Nye's  slight health setback as the crowd's reaction. Or, more precisely, its nonreaction, according to several accounts.

    It appears that the students in attendance, rather than getting up from their seats to rush to Nye's aid, instead pulled out their mobile devices to post information about Nye's loss of consciousness.

    Alastair Fairbanks, a USC senior in attendance for Nye's presentation, told the Los Angeles Times that "nobody went to his aid at the very beginning when he first collapsed — that just perplexed me beyond reason." The student added, "Instead, I saw students texting and updating their Twitter statuses. It was just all a very bizarre evening."

    [Rewind: Joe Biden's quick response to onstage fainting]

    Indeed, a cursory search on Twitter revealed a virtual play-by-play account of the incident. One student wrote, "Bill Nye tripped on his computer cord while speaking at USC, was out for abt 5 secs, got back up, spoke w/ slurred speech and fainted."

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  • Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city
    Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

  • 'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher
    'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday. "It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement. Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide.

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos
    Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

    BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries.

  • As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts
    As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

    ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

  • Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement
    Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    BALTIMORE (AP) — For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.

  • CFO: Sterling can't pay debt without Clippers sale
    CFO: Sterling can't pay debt without Clippers sale

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties says the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

  • Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays
    Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order did not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a move that was welcomed by gay rights activists. For a long time the White House has resisted issuing such an executive order, preferring instead to push for legislation in Congress that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in workplaces nationwide.

  • Boy's Ear Problems Had Rare Cause: Gut Disease

    A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case: He did not have an ear condition after all, but an underlying disease in the gut. He was prescribed eardrops, antibiotics and other medications, but nothing seemed to help, said Dr. Eileen M. Raynor, a pediatric head-and-neck surgeon at Duke University Medical Center who treated the boy. "It was like swimmer's ear gone crazy," Raynor said. When the boy arrived at Raynor's center, his ears were red and inflamed, and were leaking pus, and his ear canals were narrow from inflammation.

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