TIME animals

Iris the Chimpanzee Finds Love at Florida Sanctuary

Iris, who did not have any chimp friends at a Georgia zoo, meets her new pal Abdul at the Florida sanctuary she now calls home.
Save the Chimps/NBC Iris, who did not have any chimp friends at a Georgia zoo, meets her new pal Abdul at the Florida sanctuary she now calls home.

"She kissed him and he groomed her"

At the lush Florida sanctuary that she now calls home, Iris is known as “a chimp’s chimp” who has little enthusiasm for human caretakers but a lot of interest in one particular male primate.

“We introduced her to a male chimpanzee, 40 years old, and they immediately fell in love,” said Jen Feuerstein, sanctuary director at Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce.

“She kissed him and he groomed her.”

The organization took in Iris three weeks ago after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals negotiated to have her transferred from a zoo in Georgia where they allege she was kept…

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TIME Aviation

Airlines Adopt Two-in-the-Cockpit Rule After Germanwings Crash

Pilots walk past a light aircraft trainer at the Airline Training Center Arizona in Goodyear, Arizona
Reuters Pilots walk past a Lufthansa light aircraft trainer at the Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA) in Goodyear, Arizona March 26, 2015

Numerous airlines hastily changed their policies Thursday to require that two crew members be in the cockpit at all times, after the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight apparently deliberately crashed a plane, killing 150 people, after having locked out the captain.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for many years has required that at least two qualified crew members be in the cockpit throughout every flight. But that’s not the case in other parts of the world.

John Cox, chief executive of Safety Operating Systems, a Washington-based aviation safety consultant, said Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps would likely lead most airlines and national aviation authorities to follow suit…

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TIME Yemen

Saudi Arabia Masses 150,000 Troops to Support Airstrikes in Yemen

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015.
Khaled Abdullah—Reuters An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015.

The conflict risks becoming a proxy war between Shiite Iran and Sunni Muslim states

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-linked fighters that have taken over swathes of neighboring Yemen, a security adviser to the kingdom told NBC News on Thursday.

The adviser, Nawaf Obaid, did not say whether any of Saudi troops had crossed the border into Yemen as part of the kingdom’s military intervention to arrest Yemen’s rapidly deteriorating crisis. But he said Saudi Arabia was in “complete control” of Yemeni airspace after launching airstrikes overnight and started implementing a no-fly zone.

Iran quickly condemned the airstrikes launched by Saudi Arabia and its allies as “very dangerous” for the region.

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TIME weather

‘Extremely Dangerous’ Tornado Spotted Near Tulsa

Tornado near Tulsa, Okla. on March 25, 2015.
Spencer Courtney (@spencecourtney) via Instagram Spencer Courtney posted this photo of a tornado near Tulsa, Okla. on March 25, 2015.

According to a National Weather Service warning for residents nearby

A “confirmed extremely dangerous tornado” hit Wednesday evening near Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service, which warned residents nearby: “You are in a life threatening situation.”

The tornado was spotted at 6:02 p.m. (7:02 p.m. ET) and was moving east at 40 mph in the genral direction of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Verdigris, Oneta and Inola, the weather service said.

“Flying debris will be deadly to those caught without shelter,” it said.

NBC station KJRH of Tulsa reported that homes and vehicles had been damaged…

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TIME Germany

Germanwings Flights Disrupted as Some Crew Refuse to Fly After Crash

Investigators have not been able to work out what caused Flight 4u9525 to crash on Tuesday

Some Germanwings pilots and cabin crew have refused to fly following the carrier’s unexplained crash in the French Alps, the airline confirmed Wednesday.

Germanwings said there were “occasional flight disruptions” within its network due to “crew members who decided not to operate aircraft” following the crash of Flight 4U9525 with 150 people aboard en route to Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We understand their decision,” Thomas Winkelmann, a spokesman for Germanwings, said in an earlier statement.

Dusseldorf Airport said 24 Germanwings flights had been cancelled on Tuesday and one on Wednesday…

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TIME Crime

House for Sale in Massachusetts Was Rigged to Explode

By the flip of a light switch, police said

A house for sale in Milton, Massachusetts, was intricately and carefully wired to explode and cause “significant destruction” if someone had simply flipped the light switch, police said Tuesday.

The homeowner and an electrical inspector were conducting a pre-sale inspection when the electrician discovered the mechanism, Milton Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Boston police bomb specialists worked in the house for several hours before declaring it disarmed and safe.

Wells wouldn’t describe the explosive mechanism, but he said it had been meticulously wired through the walls to a particular light switch…

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TIME animals

See a Cat on a Leash Riding on a Car’s Hood in Ohio

A cat is seen secured on the hood of a vehicle with a leash.
NBC News A cat is seen secured on the hood of a vehicle with a leash.

The police are searching for a driver who was spotted with cat tied to the hood of the vehicle

A photo of a feline perched on the hood of a moving SUV has gone viral, sending Ohio police in search of the catmobile’s driver.

While one witness managed to snap a few pictures of the astonishing spectacle Sunday in the city of New Philadelphia, Police Chief Michael Goodwin said no one actually jotted down the car’s license plate. The cat was apparently secured on the hood of the four-door Buick SUV with a leash.

“It’s a very bizarre case—unclear if it would violate any animal cruelty laws,” Goodwin told NBC affiliate WKYC. “It’s the public safety (that’s)…

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TIME Israel

Israel Denies Spying on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

Israeli PM Netanyahu weekly cabinet meeting
Abir Sultan—Reuters Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem Feb. 15, 2015.

"The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel's other allies."

Israel did not snoop on closed-door talks over Iran’s nuclear program involving the U.S., a senior official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Tuesday, denying an earlier report.

On Monday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials learned of the spying — which it said was part of Netanyahu’s effort to derail a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program — when American intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Israeli officials. Some of Israel’s information came from French sources, the newspaper reported.

U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment, but Netanyahu’s office slammed the report on Tuesday.

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TIME Drugs

Colorado Study Confirms Pot Way Stronger Than It Used to Be

Legally-grown marijuana grows at a dispensary in Denver on May 8, 2014.
Brennan Linsley—AP Legally-grown marijuana grows at a dispensary in Denver on May 8, 2014.

The study further detected little medical value and lots of contamination in hundreds of samples tested

This is not your father’s weed.

Colorado marijuana is nearly twice as potent as illegal pot of past decades, and some modern cannabis packs triple the punch of vintage ganja, lab tests reveal for the first time.

In old-school dope, levels of THC — the psychoactive chemical that makes people high — were typically well below 10 percent. But in Colorado’s legal bud, the average THC level is 18.7 percent, and some retail pot contains 30 percent THC or more, according to research released Monday.

“That was higher than expected,” said Andy LaFrate, president of Charas Scientific. His Denver lab is licensed by…

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TIME

White House Science Fair Puts Whiz Kids in the Spotlight

The White House uses the science fair to highlight the administration's support of STEM

Whether he’s shooting off a marshmallow cannon or pedaling a bike-powered water sanitation system, President Barack Obama looks forward to the White House Science Fair as a day to be shocked and awed by school-age whiz kids.

“I love this event,” Obama told reporters at last year’s fair, where he caught a basketball that was fired off by a mechanical catapult. “This is one of my favorite things all year long.”

But the science fair, which takes place for the fifth time on Monday, isn’t just fun and games: Each year’s lineup includes serious innovations — and you can’t get much more serious than the Safe & Sound smartphone app …

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