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Robotic pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

Apr 29, 2017

Robotic pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

Harvesting Washington state’s vast orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, many of whom work illegally in the United States. That could change dramatically; at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don’t get tired and ...

/ Apr 29, 2017

In Virginia, the bizarre mystery of abducted and shaved cats

Police and townsfolk in Waynesboro, Virginia, are trying to figure out why someone is abducting and shaving pet cats. Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg areas, Waynesboro Police Captain Kelly Walker ...

Apr 29, 2017

NSA announces it will stop collecting some internet communications

In a move applauded by privacy advocates, the United States’ signals intelligence agency said Friday it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target. The National Security Agency (NSA)said it will now limit such ...

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration

/ Apr 29, 2017

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration

Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn’s vetting at the feet of his predecessor. In an interview airing Friday evening on Fox News Channel’s “The ...

/ Apr 28, 2017

California says oceans could rise higher than thought

New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state’s Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as ...

Touching new U.S. stamp changes view of eclipse

/ Apr 28, 2017

Touching new U.S. stamp changes view of eclipse

The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer’s total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp. Just touch the stamp with your finger, and the heat transforms the image of the blacked-out sun into the moon. Remove your finger, and the ...

Arkansas holds fourth execution in eight days

/ Apr 28, 2017

Arkansas holds fourth execution in eight days

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the ...