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U.S. government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins

Aug 26, 2016

U.S. government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins

U.S. federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii’s spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the sleeping habits of the nocturnal creatures. The proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...

Kerry outlines new Yemen peace push at meeting with Gulf nations

Aug 26, 2016

Kerry outlines new Yemen peace push at meeting with Gulf nations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday announced a fresh international peace initiative for Yemen aimed at forming a unity government to resolve its 17-month-old conflict. “This war needs to end and it needs to end as quickly as possible,” Kerry said after ...

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Aug 26, 2016

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Iraq’s parliament impeached Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Mosul. Two lawmakers said parliament voted 142-102 to withdraw confidence from al-Obeidi after ...

Questions mount after Italy quake

Aug 26, 2016

Questions mount after Italy quake

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths were in the small town of Amatrice, where ...

Aug 26, 2016

Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

A federal jury convicted the son of a Russian lawmaker Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars. Jurors deliberated over two days before finding Roman Seleznev guilty ...

Nun in iconic Italian quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

Aug 26, 2016

Nun in iconic Italian quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

She became the face of Italy’s earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive. In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old nun ...

Jellyfish hit beaches around full moon, study says

Aug 26, 2016

Jellyfish hit beaches around full moon, study says

Swimmers wanting to avoid being stung by jellyfish may want to watch the night sky after Israeli researchers found a link between their arrival and the phases of the moon. The study found the lunar calendar is a key determinant of when jellyfish arrive ...