Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Jan 28, 2015

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a 10-inch-long (25-cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi that lived about 167 million years ago and was unearthed ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Jan 28, 2015

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York

A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving 4.5 million people grappling with as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents, who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was ...

Jan 28, 2015

Years-old stash of marijuana found in woman's van

A woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realizing there was marijuana hidden inside. Melodie Peil told the Alamogordo Daily News she bought a 1990 Chevrolet van at a local dealership in 2001 so she would have room to transport her ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S.: Castro message 'positive sign'

The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. sees Kobani as key win but Mosul may require new tactics

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi ...

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Jan 28, 2015

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top U.S. military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists. Relations between the Nigerian and U.S. militaries have been strained with Nigeria canceling training ...

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Jan 28, 2015

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free ...

Jan 27, 2015

U.S. Justice Department spies on millions of cars: report

The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The newspaper said the main ...