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Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

Dec 27, 2014

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

His figure-hugging black Speedos at the ready, fast-food vendor Marco Fois is preparing to uphold a New Year’s tradition and take the plunge into the murky waters of Rome’s fabled Tiber River. Fois, 52, is one of four Italians who strip off and dive ...

Plastic debris damages marine environment

Dec 27, 2014

Plastic debris damages marine environment

by Will Dunham

There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth’s oceans. Researchers recently unveiled what they called the most ...

Dec 27, 2014

Supermaterial has chink in impermeable armor

Scientists recently said they had found a chink in the impermeable armor of graphene, the world’s thinnest material, and one of the strongest. The team said they were surprised to see the supermaterial known to repel all gases and liquids, let through sub-atomic particles ...

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

Dec 27, 2014

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

A woman in Philadelphia got an unexpected holiday surprise on the subway in central Philadelphia when she went into labor, delivering a healthy child dubbed the “Christmas baby.” The woman was on the train Thursday when her water broke. Two transit police officers were ...

Dec 27, 2014

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap prisoners

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine handed over 222 prisoners and the rebels released 145 people, according to Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency — the biggest one-time prisoners swap ...

Dec 27, 2014

Sudan steps up pressure on U.N. as it reviews Darfur force

Sudan’s government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country’s violence-racked Darfur region. In the government’s latest move, President Omar al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of ...

NATO called threat in Russia doctrine

Dec 27, 2014

NATO called threat in Russia doctrine

Russia identified NATO as the nation’s No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday. NATO flatly denied it is a ...

Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

Dec 27, 2014

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Co. plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to ...