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  • UN, EU condemn rebel vote in Ukraine amid NATO-Russia tensions
    UN, EU condemn rebel vote in Ukraine amid NATO-Russia tensions

    The international community on Wednesday condemned Moscow over its plans to recognise separatist polls in Ukraine as NATO warned of "unusual" Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. Overshadowing the talks, both UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the European Union condemned the plans by the rebels to stage elections Sunday in areas of eastern Ukraine under their control. Russia has said it would recognise the results of the elections, stirring further tension with Ukraine and its allies the United States and the European Union.

  • Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect
    Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect

    LORDS VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.

  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
    Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.

  • Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain
    Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

    The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London.

  • Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule
    Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule

    A Sealed Capsule Discovered Behind a 1915 Plaque at the Washington Monument

  • New clue to the mystery of Amelia Earhart?
    New clue to the mystery of Amelia Earhart?

    The hunt for Amelia Earhart's last whereabouts has consumed researchers, authors, filmmakers, and the public's imagination ever since the pioneer aviator vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

  • Graham: Remark about helping white men was joke
    Graham: Remark about helping white men was joke

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's remark at a private, all-male dinner about mainly helping white men if he became president was a joke taken out of context, his campaign said Thursday.

  • Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a "sad and tragic" reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. ...

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