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Online Poker Could Be Legal Under Ruling

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — A decision by the U.S. Department of Justice could make online lotteries and online poker legal, analysts say. In reinterpreting the Wire Act of 1961, the department ruled the law’s banning of wagers by way of telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders refers only to bets on a […]

Proposed New Calendar Would Fix Dates

BALTIMORE, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore proposed a calendar they say results in each date falling on the same day of the week from year to year. Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist, and Steve H. Hanke, an economist, say each 12-month period in their new calendar is identical to […]

Florida Wants Snake Ban Moved Forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) — A ban on imports and sales of Burmese pythons has stalled because the White House is “jittery” about being seen as over-regulating, backers of the proposal say. The proposal has been swallowed up in White House bureaucracy for nearly a year, The Miami Herald reported Monday. In the Everglades […]

Wolf Pack Addition Caught By Oregon Cameras

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 28 (UPI) — A wolf pup photographed by an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife remote camera brings the state’s wolf population to 25, officials said. The photos taken Dec. 11 show Oregon’s Wenaha gray wolf pack produced a pup earlier this year, bringing the official count to 25, The (Portland) Oregonian […]

Tiger Cubs ‘Train’ For Return To Wild

HARBIN, China, Dec. 23 (UPI) — Five captive-bred Bengal tiger cubs have finished training in a near-wild environment in China for eventual return to the wild, conservationists said. With their adoptive mother, a Siberian tiger, the cubs are learning survival skills and developing their wild sensibilities in a specially designed zone of the Heilongjiang Siberian […]

$25 Computer Nears Production

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) — An eagerly awaited $25 computer is about to go into production in Britain in the hope it will inspire a new generation of technology-savvy kids, its maker said. The Raspberry Pi home computer is being built around an Arm processor similar to ones found in mobile phones and will run […]

Sanctions Foolish, Iran Says

TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Western adversaries of Iran could be favoring political gain over national interests by sanctioning Tehran’s energy sector, an Iranian government official said. U.S. lawmakers in mid-December said new sanctions on Iran would make it more difficult for the country to sell oil, meaning its federal coffers would dwindle. The White […]

Fukushima Report Faults TEPCO, Government

TOKYO, Dec. 27 (UPI) — A report on Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster chided both the Japanese central government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the nuclear plant. The 500-page report, released Monday by a government-appointed investigative panel, was the result of interviews with hundreds of utility workers and government officials. A magnitude-9 earthquake and […]

Gates Grant To Fund Research On TB Test

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 27 (UPI) — A Texas researcher says he’s received a $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research a quick, affordable test for tuberculosis. University of Texas chemistry Professor Andrew Ellington says such a test would be valuable in poor countries where current methods of testing samples for […]

More Photos, Video Being Taken With Phones

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Dec. 22 (UPI) — More than a quarter of photos and videos are being taken with smartphones, giving point-and-shoot cameras and camcorders a run for their money, a study says. An online survey by the NPD Group found the percentage of photos and video taken on smartphones grew from 17 percent last […]

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