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Obama Launches Climate Push

President Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants, while granting states more time and options to comply. The policy should be a boon to renewable energy production, but might not be friendly to your power bill

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Amy Schumer Urges Gun Reforms After Shooting

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer joined her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, on Monday to make an emotional call for more intensive background checks and increased government funding for mental health care to combat mass shootings

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Colorado Theater Shooting Jury Keeps Death Penalty as Option

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy after he was convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in July 2012

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Apple Could Kill Voicemail for Good

Apple is testing a way for its phones' virtual assistant, Siri, to transcribe voicemails left on Apple iPhones to text that Apple's iCloud service sends to the voice mails' recipient. The process could do away with voicemails for altogether

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Nationwide Homicide Spike Hits Small Conn. Capital

The murder of a 25-year old Hartford man over the weekend was the Connecticut city's 20th murder this year, making this year already more deadly than last year as homicide rates spike across the country


Science Explains Why Women Are Always Freezing at Work

In a new report published Monday in Nature, researchers found that most office building temperatures are set using a decades-old formula for a "thermal comfort model" that takes into account factors like air temperature, air speed, and clothing insulation

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Republicans Brace for Biggest Week Yet

For months, the 2016 Republican presidential field has mushroomed to include an almost-unheard-of 17 candidates. But this week, the field could finally start to narrow, with a critical debate Thursday as just one part of a busy campaign stretch


Ultimate Frisbee Recognized by Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee has fully recognized the World Flying Disc Federation, ultimate frisbee's governing body. Ultimate frisbee is now eligible for IOC funding and can compete with other sports for inclusion in future Olympic games

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Thousands Evacuated in California Wildfires

Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said

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Former British Leader Was Accused of Sex Abuse

A former British prime minister was accused of sex abuse involving children in the 1990s, the country's police watchdog revealed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was investigating police handling of claims against Edward Heath, who who died in 2005

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Picky Eating in Kids Could Be a Sign of Distress

Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out

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John Kerry Pushes Iran Nuclear Deal With Gulf States

John Kerry will meet the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member bloc of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations that fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region and the implications of the agreement