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Next Revolution In Agriculture May Center On Big Data

Monday, May 12, 2014

The next revolution in agriculture could center around big data, also called precision farming.

The idea is that all the information about what goes into and comes out of fields could help growers make better decisions.

Agribusiness companies such as Monsanto and DuPont are introducing new services to do just ...

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Insurgents In Eastern Ukraine Declare Independence

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pro-Russia insurgents have declared independence for the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.

They read out the declaration at a rally Monday in the city of Luhansk after insurgents said 96 percent voted Sunday for the region’s independence.

The announcement came only an hour after separatists in the neighboring Donetsk region ...

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Kevin Durant's Emotional NBA MVP Acceptance Speech

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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In accepting his first MVP award, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant made a point of sharing the honor with those who made it possible.

In a soul-baring speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Durant fought back tears several times while thanking each of his teammates, the coaches, support ...

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House Set To Approve Select Benghazi Investigation

Thursday, May 08, 2014

House Democrats are considering a boycott of the select committee Republicans are expected to convene on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

A vote is expected this afternoon to formally approve the investigation.

Speaker John Boehner vows it will be “all about getting to the ...

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Will Alibaba's IPO Be The Largest Ever?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Alibaba Group, the king of e-commerce in China, is dangling a deal that could turn into one of the biggest IPOs in history.

In a long-awaited move Tuesday, Alibaba filed for an initial public offering of stock in the U.S. that could surpass the $16 billion that Facebook and its ...

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Thai Court Ousts Prime Minister

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Thailand’s caretaker Cabinet has appointed a new acting prime minister after a court forced out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and part of her cabinet.

Yingluck and nine Cabinet members were forced from power today by the Constitutional Court, which found her guilty of abuse of power.

Shortly after the ruling, ...

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U.S. Team To Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The White House says a U.S. team will head to Nigeria as soon as possible to aid in the search for nearly 300 teenage girls abducted from their school more than three weeks ago.

Spokesman Jay Carney says Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated the offer during a conversation Tuesday ...

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FAA: Data From Old Spy Plane Caused Computer Issue

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane’s flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

When the system failed Wednesday, a backup helped safely guide ...

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Federal Report: Climate Change Is Disrupting Americans' Lives

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The new National Climate Assessment, released Tuesday, concludes that the harms of global warming will become more and more disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.

The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather is changing daily lives, even using the phrase “climate disruption” as ...

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East Ukraine Fighting Kills 4 Troops, Wounds 30

Monday, May 05, 2014

Ukraine’s military appears to be stepping up its efforts to bring eastern and southern Ukraine back under government control.

Ukrainian troops today have been fighting gun battles with a pro-Russia militia occupying the eastern city of Slovyansk. The country’s interior ministry says four officers have been killed and 30 others ...

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3 Killed In Fighting In Ukraine

Friday, May 02, 2014

Three deaths have been reported as Ukraine launches what seems to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country’s east.

Fighting broke out in the early hours on Friday around a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. Three deaths ...

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Oklahoma Execution Prompts Investigation

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

State officials will be conducting an autopsy of 38-year-old Clayton Lockett, the convicted felon who the state tried to execute with a combination of chemicals last night that the state had never tried before.

Lockett spoke, writhed and clenched his teeth on the gurney as it was happening. Officials lowered ...

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Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued his long-awaited decision Tuesday. It invalidates Wisconsin’s law.

Wisconsin’s law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters ...

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Sterling Banned For Life By The NBA

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

Commissioner Adam Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 ...

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Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

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Police Investigate 'Swatting' Phone Pranks

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A phenomenon where pranksters call in phony emergencies that elicit a strong police response is being used by video gamers in a twisted competition where their success is based on the level of that response, according to a suburban New York police commissioner.

The phenomenon is known as “swatting.”

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Tornadoes Kill 16 In Arkansas, 1 In Oklahoma

Monday, April 28, 2014

Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

Emergency officials began to pick through ...

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FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed ...

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Supreme Court Takes Middle Ground On Restitution For Victims Of Child Porn

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting ...

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