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Obama tours glacier to highlight march of climate change

Clear - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday viewed Alaska's Exit Glacier, in a bid to drive home the impact climate change is already having on America.

US calls for freedom for 20 women political prisoners

Washington - The United States launched a drive Tuesday to highlight the plight of 20 women around the world it says have been unfairly imprisoned for their views or political activism.

Chipotle being sued over 'false' GMO-free claims

A California woman is taking Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. to court because she claims the restaurant's "G-M-Over it" advertising is false and misleading. The woman's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages.

Cracking down on fungal meningitis

The brain disease meningitis is caused by different microorganisms. One of the most difficult forms to detect and treat is fungal meningitis. Researchers have a new approach to treat the disease.

Using fungi to make enzymes for biofuels

Researchers have used mutant variants of a fungus to double the production of endoxylanase enzymes. These enzymes are used to bleach wood in chlorine free processes and for biofuels.

Half of Guantanamo inmates need indefinite lockup: Pentagon chief

Washington - About half the detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba need to be locked up "indefinitely," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

El Nino cause of rare occurrence — 3 hurricanes at once

It has never happened before, at least since weather records have been kept, but this past weekend, the world saw three very powerful category 4 tropical cyclones swirling in the central and eastern basins of the Pacific Ocean.

Op-Ed: U.S. sanctions ban Russian parliamentarian from global conference

New York - Valentina Matvienko is speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council. She is one of seven Russian officials targeted by U.S. sanctions including a travel ban.

Frozen corn under four labels recalled because of health risks

Brockport - A large French company that produces processed vegetables has recalled over 9,000 cases of frozen corn due to the possible contamination of the product with Listeria monocytogenes.

Obama urges more ice breakers in Arctic Circle amid global race

The Obama administration is proposing an increase in the number of American Coast Guard icebreakers to be used in the Arctic Circle. The move comes as the region becomes an important global hotspot for resource exploitation and other activities.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Ex-US special agent pleads guilty to taking $800k in Bitcoin

Washington - A former US Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty to taking more than $800,000 of electronic Bitcoin currency while investigating the "Silk Road" online black market, the Justice Department said.

Diego de la Hoya following footsteps of cousin Oscar de la Hoya

A close relative of legendary boxer Oscar de la Hoya is making headway in boxing as he aims for his first title shot after beating all his opponents since he turned pro three years ago.

Obama, in Alaska, says world must speed climate change fight

Anchorage - US President Barack Obama has warned that climate change is no longer a problem of the future, but rather a challenge for now and one that will define the next century as he made a landmark visit to Alaska.

Thousands of Clinton emails released, scores retroactively classified

Washington - The US State Department released over 4,000 more of the emails former secretary of state Hillary Clinton kept on a private server and revealed that some 150 others have been retroactively classified.

Op-Ed: Professor says legal critics of war on terror legitimate targets

New York - William Bradford is an assistant professor in the department of law at the US military academy at West Point. Bradford claims legal scholars critical of the war on terror are a "treasonous" fifth column to be classified as enemy combatants.

Two U.S. Predator drones deployed to Latvia

Washington - The US military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia for a two-week training mission aimed at reassuring European allies wary of Russia.

Op-Ed: Why Floyd Mayweather should watch out for Andre Berto's uppercut

No matter what fans say about Andre Berto as Floyd Mayweather's opponent for his Sept. 12 retirement fight, it cannot be denied that Berto has what he calls a crazy uppercut which could turn Mayweather upside down for an unexpected KO win by Berto.

Pre-washed spinach still contains pathogens

It can be convenient to purchase pre-washed vegetables, especially for those with busy lives. It would be wrong, however, to assume that pre-washed veg is free from pathogens. A new study casts some light.

Republicans peeved at POTUS for renaming Mt. McKinley

Ohio residents are hopping mad after President Obama announced on Sunday that Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior had renamed Mt. McKinley the name Alaskans have been calling the great mountain for years, Denali.
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