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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 […]

Russia Names Two Suspects In Deadly Blast

NAZRAN, Russia, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Two men arrested in the Russian republic of Ingushetia are suspects in a terrorist attack in North Ossetia in 2010 that killed 19 people, authorities said. The two are among five suspected terrorists arrested Thursday in Nazran in Ingushetia in a raid that uncovered three arms caches and homemade […]

Swedish City Eyes Far-reaching Smoking Ban

LANDSKRONA, Sweden, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Authorities in a Swedish city say they are considering a smoking ban for city employees during working hours, even if they are working from home. Under the ban being considered by Landskrona in southern Sweden, city staffers would not be allowed to go onto the street during group coffee […]

Rep. Wilson Hospitalized For Viral Ailment

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., was hospitalized to treat a viral infection but is expected to fully recover, Eric Dell, Wilson’s chief of staff, said. Wilson, 64, was hospitalized Thursday and was undergoing treatment for a “chronic viral-type infection” at a medical center in West Columbia, S.C., Roll […]

Police Kill Suspect In Power Plant Blast

MOSCOW, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Russian officials say a suspect in a 2010 terrorist attack on a power plant in the country’s North Caucasus republic was killed by police Friday. The suspect was shot after he opened fire on police officers who had surrounded a house in Kabardino-Balkaria where he was staying, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism […]

Pataki Decides Against White House Run

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki has decided not to make a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN. Pataki, who had been talking about making a run at the GOP nomination for months, had been scheduled to appear this weekend in the […]

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