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Apple acquires app search company Chomp

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Apple Inc. said it has acquired app-search engine Chomp, absorbing its specialists and technology intended to make it easier to locate apps.

Apple is believed to have made the move to help consumers find and buy ap…

Drought may have ended Maya civilization

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Relatively mild drought may have caused the collapse of the classic Maya civilization in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala, researchers say.

It had long been believed that prolonged severe drought caused the coll…

Moth infesting Italian vineyards

ROME, Feb. 24 (UPI) — A moth infesting vineyards across northern Italy is a previously unknown species of an insect known as a leafminer, scientists say.

First discovered by Italian researchers in 2006, the pest was not identified until examination …

Protests continue in southern Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Secessionists in southern Yemen have pledged further opposition to the central government, urging tribes in the south to join the effort.

The campaign by al-Harak, the Southern Secessionist Movement, began with Wednesda…

Mubarak calls charges ‘baseless’

CAIRO, Feb. 24 (UPI) — As his trial ended, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he was confident of a favorable verdict and maintained his innocence.

Mubarak’s statement was made in a letter published Thursday in the newspaper Tahrir, Bikyam…

New measures to battle invasive Asian carp

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The Obama administration says the battle against invasive Asian carp, which have overwhelmed native U.S. fish populations, will get more aggressive this year.

“The 2012 framework will strengthen our defenses against Asian ca…

Karadzic witness jailed for not testifying

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The U.N. Balkan war crimes tribunal Friday sentenced a former municipal officer to two months in prison for refusing to testify at Radovan Karadzic’s trial.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavi…

Mountie gets discharge for misconduct

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 24 (UPI) — A female Canadian Mountie should receive a medical discharge as punishment for having sex in a police car with her boss, a disciplinary board suggested.

The board ruled Thursday Royal Canadian Mounted Pol…

Rhino horn smuggling ring cracked

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) — U.S. authorities say they’ve cracked an international smuggling ring dealing in rhinoceros horns, sold at high prices in Asia for supposed cancer-curing powers.

Federal agents and local enforcement officers raided homes …

Andrea Sneiderman banned for witness contact

ATLANTA, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Andrea Sneiderman was banned Friday for improper contact with a witness at the Atlanta trial of her alleged lover, Hemy Neuman, accused of killing her husband.

Prosecutor Don Geary asked the court for Sneiderman to be remove…

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