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  • 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged
    93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged

    BERLIN (AP) — A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday.

  • Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes
    Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday. The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used. Energy companies began producing coal-bed methane in Colorado in 1994, then in New Mexico five years later. ...

  • Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows
    Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices.

  • NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts
    NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

    NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

  • 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. ...

  • Asian stocks tumble on disappointing China data

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Monday on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum.

  • Scottish support for independence rises to 48 percent

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish support for independence has risen one percentage point to 48 percent, an Opinium poll for the Daily Telegraph newspaper showed on Tuesday. The poll showed Scottish support for staying in the United Kingdom on 52 percent, down from 53 percent from its last poll at the weekend, the Telegraph said. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday to decide whether the country should break away from the United Kingdom. (Reporting by Alistair Smout, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by William Schomberg)

  • Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart
    Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

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