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U.K.'s May signs letter triggering British exit from EU

The U.K. started the clock on two years of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union on Wednesday, a divorce that will redefine the country’s relationship with its largest trading partner and bring to an end decades of deepening political integration on the continent. Prime Minister Theresa May was to ...

Spy fiction? Byzantine Russia tale envelops Washington

/ Mar 30, 2017

Spy fiction? Byzantine Russia tale envelops Washington

Secret meetings, phone taps, Russian oil money and mysterious intelligence dossiers: the swirling scandal over U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties to Moscow has all the makings of a classic spy novel — whose ending has yet to be written. But the maelstrom engulfing Washington ...

/ Mar 30, 2017

Birds hit by cars are, well, bird-brained

What is the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don’t? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, said scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies. What might be called the “bird brain rule” applies to different species, depending on ...

Indonesia man swallowed whole by python

Mar 30, 2017

Indonesia man swallowed whole by python

A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said. A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open the python’s carcass to reveal the legs and ...

Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil

/ Mar 30, 2017

Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil

Argentina’s Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill legalizing the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes, and setting up a regulatory framework for the state to prescribe and distribute them to patients. The legislation approved by senators ...

Christie tapped by Trump to lead opioid addiction fight

/ Mar 30, 2017

Christie tapped by Trump to lead opioid addiction fight

President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, and he’s tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday with Christie, members of his Cabinet, law enforcement chiefs, recovering ...

Texas church van-truck crash kills 12

Mar 30, 2017

Texas church van-truck crash kills 12

Twelve people were killed and three others were injured Wednesday when a van carrying 14 church members and a pickup truck collided on a two-lane Texas highway, authorities said. The group of senior adults from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, was returning ...