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Feb 27, 2015

FCC adopts Net-neutrality rule backed by Obama for open Internet

U.S. regulators invoked broad powers to ensure that Web traffic for all users is treated equally, adopting net-neutrality rules that supporters say will preserve a wide-open Internet and that opponents vow to fight in court. The measure approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission ...

Feb 27, 2015

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in Luderitz, where some residents of the remote Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami#nus. Those are not typographical errors. The name, proposed by some government officials and tribal authorities, incorporates clicklike sounds in the ...

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. capital legalizes pot despite threats from Congress

The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the ...

First-ever 3-D printed jet engines unveiled

Feb 26, 2015

First-ever 3-D printed jet engines unveiled

Australian researchers unveiled the world’s first two jet engines created with 3-D printing on Thursday, a manufacturing breakthrough that could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets. Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co. Airbus ...

Feb 26, 2015

Austria passes new law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organizations. It bans foreign sources of financing and requires imams to be able to speak German. The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by ...

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

Feb 26, 2015

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday. The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes ...

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

Feb 26, 2015

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks. Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of ...

Feb 26, 2015

Missing London girls thought to be in Syria

Three teenage girls from London who are feared to have run off to join the Islamic State group are believed to have crossed from Turkey into Syria, British police said Tuesday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, ...

Feb 26, 2015

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for U.K. house fire

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted ...