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Colombian Officer Suspended After Shooting

BOGOTA, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Colombian police officer who killed a 16-year-old graffiti artist last week was removed from his position and is under investigation, officials said. The Colombian Prosecutor General’s Office is looking into the killing of Diego Felipe Becerra, 16, after he was allegedly shot in the back by a Bogota police […]

BP, Others Say Oil Not From Capped Well

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — BP and others said an inspection showed the Macondo well, sealed after a disaster last year, was not leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Inspectors from the company and U.S.Coast Guard said they found no evidence of oil sheen in the gulf waters near the well, The (New […]

Why The Return Trip Seems Shorter

TILBURG, Netherlands, Aug. 25 (UPI) — People tend to estimate their vacation destination trip as longer than it is, a faulty estimate that makes the return trip seem shorter, Dutch researchers say. Niels van de Ven of Tilburg University in the Netherlands and colleagues say it seems that many people find that, when taking a […]

Telephone Counseling Boosts Exercise Time

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Patients who have completed cardiac rehabilitation were more apt to excercsie if they received telephone calls supportive of exercise, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Bernardine Pinto of The Miriam Hospital, a professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, found the maintenance counseling group reported they were […]

Violence Remains A Top Cause Of U.S. Death

ATLANTA, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The estimated annual cost of U.S. medical care and productivity lost due to violence each year is estimated at more than $70 billion, researchers say. “Violence is an unfortunate reality of the world we live in with direct implications for health,” Dr. James Rippe, editor in chief of the American […]

Modern Humans Carry DNA Of Ancient Cousins

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Human interbreeding with our ancient evolutionary cousins endowed the human gene pool with beneficial versions of immune system genes, U.S. researchers say. Scientist at Stanford University say interbreeding of humans with Neanderthals and another close relative, the recently discovered Denisovans, had a positive effect on modern human fitness […]

Drop In Malaria In Africa Raises Questions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The incidence of malaria in many African countries south of the Sahara is falling rapidly but Danish and Tanzanian researchers say they don’t know why. The mosquito carrying the malaria parasite has practically disappeared from many villages without organized mosquito control, but it is not known whether malaria is […]

Astronomers Discover ‘Diamond’ Planet

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Australian astronomers say a planet seen orbiting a distant pulsar is likely composed mostly of crystalline carbon — making it, in effect, a diamond planet. Pulsars are small spinning stars that emit a beam of radio waves in pulses toward Earth. Astronomers in Australia and at the University of […]

Mixed Reaction To New Jersey Fracking Move

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 26 (UPI) — State petroleum groups applauded a New Jersey move on shale gas but environmental groups said continued fracking would send the wrong message. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed legislation that would have permanently banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. He ordered state officials to begin the […]

Don’t Mess With Texas, State Tells EPA

HOUSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Energy officials in Texas said they were challenging cross-state air pollution rules spelled out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates surface mining of coal, called on the state’s attorney general to challenge the EPA’s pollution rules. Texas is one of 27 states required under […]

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