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Scientists Find A Possible Biomarker For PTSD In Rats

(MCT) — Scientists have been looking for a blood test or other biological marker for post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose. Experimenting in rats, they may have found one. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers stressed out dozens of laboratory rats by […]

A New Environmental Dispute Brews Between Feds And Texas Over Water

AUSTIN, Texas (MCT) — Foretelling a new environmental battle between state and federal regulators, Attorney General Greg Abbott this week demanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back down from a proposal to expand the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The proposal “is without adequate scientific and economic justification and, if […]

‘Just Say Nyet’ Campaign Aims To Get Congress To Ban Seafood From Russia

WASHINGTON (MCT) — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may wind up helping the Alaskan fishing industry. At least that’s the hope of those promoting “Just Say Nyet,” a petition intended to get Congress to ban Russian seafood imports. Organizers cite Russia’s possible involvement in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over […]

Lower-Paying Jobs Dominate Economic Recovery, Study Finds

(MCT) — The U.S. economy earlier this year recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, but those new jobs pay an average of 23 percent less than the ones lost in the downturn, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Job losses in the higher-paying manufacturing and construction sectors […]

FBI Will Also Investigate Fatal Police Shooting Of St. Louis Teen

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Hundreds of protesters converged outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri on Monday, chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” with their arms in the air after a night of violence when a vigil for an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police in a St. Louis suburb turned into vandalism […]

U.S. To Give Long-Range Weapons To Kurdish Fighters

WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Barack Obama Administration and U.S. allies are preparing to rush antitank weapons and other arms to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq who are battling Islamic militants near Irbil, officials said. The CIA had already rushed small shipments of arms to the Kurds in recent days as U.S. airstrikes targeted the militants’ […]

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

The CIA’s current fight to keep secret the details of its terror suspect interrogations echoes its long history of keeping the public in the dark, sometimes for decades. This latest skirmish pits the spy agency against the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s a fight, like so many before, over what stays undercover and why.

Lawmakers Have Competing Ideas About Expanding Yosemite

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park’s boundaries. They share some ideas. They differ, though, on key questions, including whether to offset the park’s growth […]

Cafe Faces Heat For Adding ‘Minimum Wage Fee’ To Tab

(MCT) — A small cafe in Minnesota has thrown itself into a big battle over that State’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs. Craig Beemer, owner of Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, said the fee is […]

U.S. Weighing Response To Potential ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Iraq

WASHINGTON (MCT) — U.S. officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back to the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile region, but he declined to […]

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