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Problems dog plans for U.S. nuclear plants

by Ray Henry

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. But so far, it is not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear ...

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Jul 28, 2014

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said — the latest casualty in a week that has seen half a dozen of the Iraqi city’s most revered holy places destroyed. ...

Jul 28, 2014

Xinjiang extremists may have joined Iraq conflict, China envoy says

Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the conflict there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed ...

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

Jul 28, 2014

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely autonomous in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the ...

Jul 28, 2014

Russia fired rockets into Ukraine: U.S.

The U.S. stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the ...

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle in Gaza

Jul 28, 2014

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle in Gaza

Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in growing numbers in the Gaza Strip. The ...

Jul 28, 2014

Geneticists offer clues to better rice, tomato crops

Scientists on Sunday laid bare the genetic codes of African rice and a type of wild tomato, data they said should help breed more resilient crops. Teams detailed the genome sequences of the two plant species in separate papers in the journal Nature Genetics. ...

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Jul 28, 2014

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull ...

Jul 28, 2014

Driver seriously injures woman during San Diego Zombie Walk

A driver struck and seriously injured a woman while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said. The 48-year-old driver and his family, who are all deaf, had waited for several minutes at a downtown intersection Saturday as ...

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

Jul 28, 2014

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained ...