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A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Some passengers wondered if they would ever hu...

 

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country's online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram. The head of the communications watc...

 

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores...

 

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday. Swedish police...

 

NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the...

 

Going deep to study exercise's molecular nitty-gritty

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 120 scientists from around the U.S. are in Louisiana as part of a six-year, $170 million National Institutes of Health program to study the molecular nitty-gritty of exercise. Decades of research have shown that...

 

Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said...

 

High court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. The justices were hearing arguments in a case that deals with...

 

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

LONDON (AP) — In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient — who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. Dr. Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in...

 

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals...

 

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'

BERLIN (AP) — Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers from Switzerland, France and Germany...

 

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The...

 

Russia denies 'feeble' US, UK charges of internet tampering

Russia denied accusations from the United States and Britain that its agents have planted malware on key components of the internet to spy on rivals, steal trade and potentially launch cyberattacks. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday called the claim...

 

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

The first large-scale, national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded Thursday by the National Science Foundation to the professor leading the project....

 

Ex-coal baron Blankenship debuts 'fact-check' campaign site

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, and it leaves one fact out of plain sight — that it's run by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship's campaign. The website www.factcheckwv.com explores issues in...

 

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who...

 

Zuckerberg flubs details of Facebook privacy commitments

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Over two days of questioning in Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chief revealed that he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission that requires Facebook to protect user...

 

NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see — plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more — will come under the intense stare of NASA's newest planet hunter. Set to lift off early next week, the Tess...

 

Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media companies is "inevitable" and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congr...

 

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of Zika infection can be seen in semen for as long as nine months, but the risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, according to a study published Wednesday. The study suggests health officials have been overly...

 

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study. The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been...

 

Europe plans remote update to keep aging Mars probe stable

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency plans to remotely update the software on its Mars Express probe to ensure the aging spacecraft remains stable. The probe arrived at Mars in late 2003 for a two-year mission , but almost 15 years later it's...

 

A school resource officer in every school?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Less than three weeks after a school resource officer stopped an armed teen who shot two students at a Maryland high...

 

3 research-based things a doctor says should be part of your weight loss efforts

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Imagine that you are running a company, but you cannot get to your goal because all of your good workers keep...

 

5 years on, marathon bomb survivors inspire medical advances

BOSTON (AP) — In the five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the victims and research dollars made available as a result...

 

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