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Republican hopefuls hope for survival in South Carolina

Republican businessman Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders moved on Wednesday after commanding wins in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, and the Republican field contracted with announcements that Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie would drop out of the race. All signs point to a drawn-out battle in the remaining ...

Feb 11, 2016

Dozens dead in Mexico prison riot: reports

At least 30 people died in a pre-dawn prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Thursday, as smoke billowed from the building, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison while angry families of inmates ...

Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Feb 11, 2016

Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Australia has a new deputy prime minister, hours after his predecessor announced his retirement on Thursday, with the prime minister likely to announce a Cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce was elected unopposed as leader of the Nationals party ...

Feb 11, 2016

Climate change will slow trans-Atlantic flights, study says

Winds bolstered by climate change will slow flights between North America and Europe, boosting fuel costs and the carbon dioxide emissions that caused the problem in the first place, researchers said Wednesday. Climate change will speed up the jet stream, a high-altitude wind blowing ...

Feb 11, 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting disease-carrying ticks

Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease. The research may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced ...

Feb 11, 2016

Climate change 'forcing species to move'

Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected. Camille Parmesan, an expert from Britain’s Plymouth University on how climate change impacts wildlife, said ...

Feb 11, 2016

U.S. woman upset over botched haircut pulls gun on barber

A California woman gave new meaning to the saying “bad hair day” on Wednesday after she tried to shoot her stylist over a botched haircut, police said. Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, allegedly stormed out of the 619 Barber Shop in San Diego after getting ...

Feb 11, 2016

Zika research to be published rapidly, and for free: statement

Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and for free. A statement signed by the journals Nature, Science and The Lancet, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, France’s Institut ...

Feb 11, 2016

Northern Ireland rejects bid to relax abortion law

The Northern Ireland regional assembly voted against relaxing strict abortion laws on Wednesday, despite a ruling by the Belfast High Court that the legislation breaches human rights. After a debate that ran to almost midnight, members of the Stormont Assembly voted 59-40 against a ...

Feb 11, 2016

U.K. to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin

It is often said some laws aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum. But not for much longer. Starting next month, laws will ...