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China Air Pollution Kills 1.6M Annually

China air pollutionAir pollution kills more than 4,400 people a day in China, a new study by Berkeley Earth claims, with a yearly total of more than 1.6 million deaths.

Using World Health Organization estimates, the authors estimate that pollution is responsible for as much as 17 percent of annual deaths in China.

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More Cops Die in States With More Guns

more cops die in states with gunsPolice officers are most likely to be killed in states where the most people own guns, a new study finds.

The report is sure to be controversial, but it adds a new dimension to a conversation that's recently been focused more on police shootings of unarmed Americans.

This study looks at who's killing the cops, and it's overwhelmingly people with private guns, David Swedler of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health found.

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Colorado mine spill threatens Lake Powell

Lake PowellA Colorado mine waste spill that has polluted rivers in three western states with 3 million gallons of toxic slurry could make its way to Lake Powell, a key reservoir and tourist draw for the region, the National Park Service warned Thursday.

The mustard-colored sludge, released accidentally by the Environmental Protection Agency during efforts to clean up Colorado’s Gold King mine, contains lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals — substances that can poison humans if ingested.

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US flag rasied in Havana as Kerry lauds 'historic moment' of healing

Kerry in HavanaCheers rang out as the American flag was unfurled and raised above the glass-and-concrete U.S. Embassy building on Havana's seafront Malecon Boulevard for the first time since Jan. 3, 1961, the day the U.S. severed ties with Cuba at the height of the Cold War.

"This is truly a memorable occassion — a day for pushing aside old barriers and exploring new possibilities," Secretary of State JohnKerry said in his remarks just before the flag was raised, a symbolic capstone on Washington’s historic rapprochement with Havana after 54 years of hostility.

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Connecticut's highest court overturns its death penalty

death penalty in USOn Thursday, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, sparing the lives of the two killers and nine other convicts who were on death row when the state abolished capital punishment in 2012.

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were sentenced to death for the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters, Michaela and Hayley.

"I'm not surprised at this decision," said Michael Dearington, who prosecuted Komisarjevsky and Hayes, declining to elaborate.

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Israeli force-feeding law pits doctors against state

Israels forced feeding actionsHospital-bound and shackled, Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan was 60 days into his hunger strike, launched in protest of his detention without charge in an Israeli jail, when he slipped into unconsciousness on Friday.

What happens next — whether or not the suspected militant becomes the first Palestinian prisoner force-fed to stay alive under a controversial new Israeli law — is an issue that has caused cleavages between doctors and the state in a clash over medical ethics and Israel's detention policies.

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DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

warren harding and mistressDNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.

Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored mistress Nan Britton, according to AncestryDNA, a DNA-testing division of Ancestry.com.

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Federal Experts: Current El Niño Could Be Historically Strong

Godzilla El Nino possibleFederal meteorologists say the current El Niño is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration recorded unusual warmth in the Pacific Ocean in the last three months. El Niño is a heating of the equatorial Pacific that changes weather worldwide, mostly affecting the United States in winter.

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NY State DOE Set To Install Monitor To Oversee East Ramapo School Board

Rockland county school boardThe state Education Department on Thursday plans to announce a state monitor will be installed in the troubled East Ramapo schools to help guide decisions made by the district and the school board, sources confirmed Wednesday.

The move by Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, in agreement with the school board, comes after state lawmakers in June were unable to agree to legislation to place a monitor in the Rockland County district, which has criticized for poor management.

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