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Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

May 19, 2015

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ban police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that U.S. law enforcement has become too militarized. After controversy over the policing of high-profile protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, ...

May 19, 2015

Discovery fuels fears of homemade morphine, painkillers

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and potential abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for ...

Yosemite parachute jump claims noted extreme BASE athlete Dean Potter

May 19, 2015

Yosemite parachute jump claims noted extreme BASE athlete Dean Potter

Rock climber Dean Potter and another man died while attempting parachute jumps from a 3,000-foot-high (900-meter) cliff in California’s Yosemite National Park, officials said on Monday, the latest in a string of deaths nationwide in the extreme sport of BASE jumping. The bodies of ...

At least 52 dead in massive Colombia landslide

May 19, 2015

At least 52 dead in massive Colombia landslide

A massive landslide tore through a ravine in northwest Colombia Monday before dawn, killing 52 people and injuring 37, authorities said. Most residents were sleeping when the landslide hit the municipality of Salgar around 3:00 a.m., burying a large area in mud and debris. ...

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

May 19, 2015

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new @POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself pretty much stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. ...