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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX rose $.20 or .6 percent, to $31.49. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.18 or .2 percent, to $72.50. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars
    India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars

    An Indian spacecraft is on course to reach Mars, an official said Monday, following a 666-million-kilometre voyage that could see New Delhi's low-cost space programme win Asia's race to the Red Planet.

  • U.S. expands Iraq campaign with strike against Islamic State near Baghdad

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria. "The air strike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit (Islamic State) targets as Iraqi forces go on offense," Central Command said in a statement. ...

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO
    A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

    BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists
    U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

    "Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program. The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said. While existing programs have focused on community leaders, the new programs will also include teachers and mental health and social services professionals to provide more support and develop ways to spot potential extremists, an official familiar with the program said.

  • Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster : study

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice. In the first study designed to assess how partially 'humanizing' brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associated with language learned new ways to find food in mazes faster than normal mice. ...

  • Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar
    Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

    Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in ...

  • Avanir Pharma soars on agitation drug study

    Shares of Avanir Pharmaceuticals soared Monday after the company reported positive clinical trial results for a drug that is designed to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease patients. The company said ...

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