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Another major earthquake shakes Nepal, killing at least 42

Nepal earthquakeA major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 42 people, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

The magnitude-7.3 quake hit hardest in districts northeast of the capital and terrified a nation already shell-shocked and struggling after a more powerful quake on April 25 killed more than 8,150 and flattened entire villages, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

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‘Superbug’ strain of typhoid fever spreading across Africa, Asia

Superbug typhoid feverAn antibiotic-resistant "superbug" strain of typhoid fever has spread globally, according to a new study.

Costly vaccines are available — though not widely used in poorer countries — and regular strains of the infection can be treated with antibiotic drugs. However, the study found that the "superbug" version, driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, is now becoming dominant.

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Obama Administration Approves Shell's Drilling Plan For The Arctic

Shell OilThe Obama administration on Monday granted conditional approval to Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, which the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said would be "subject to rigorous safety standards.”

The approval will allow Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to begin drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska. Shell's drilling plan proposes up to six wells in an area about 70 miles offshore.

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Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones

cell phonesAre government officials doing enough to protect us from the potential long-term health effects of wearable devices and cellphones? Maybe not. A letter released today, signed by more than 190 scientists from 38 countries, calls on the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and national governments to develop stricter controls on these and other products that create electromagnetic fields (EMF).

"Based on peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices," reads the letter, whose signatories have collectively published more than 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the subject. "The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF."

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Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture

tortureThe Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the release of the Senate torture report’s damning executive summary in December.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday, human rights group Amnesty International pressed the Justice Department to revisit its decision not to prosecute former officials from the CIA and the George W. Bush administration for their involvement in the agency’s post-9/11 torture program. The new evidence from the report prepared by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence merits another look, says Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, in the letter.

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Plan to bury uranium in Utah scrutinized as decision nears

Uranium waste disposal siteA waste disposal company is trying to reassure regulators and residents that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive can remain safely buried in a barren, remote area of northwest Utah.

A handful of Utah residents recently attended open houses to scrutinize EnergySolutions' plan. The Salt Lake City company would bring up to 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium to Utah and store it underground.

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Baltimore: thousands of suspects arrive too injured to go to jail, records show

Baltimore : suspects arrive too injured for jailThousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records have shown.

The records, obtained by the Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, showed that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody between June 2012 and April 2015.

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Defense Department paid NFL teams millions to salute the military

NFL paid to support militaryAn investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

An investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

The United States Department of Defense paid the National Football League more than $5 million in taxpayer money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed this week.

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'Dead Man Walking' nun seeks mercy in Boston

Boston Bomber trialBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a Roman Catholic nun who is a prominent death penalty opponent that "no one deserves to suffer" as the victims of the deadly 2013 attacks had, the nun testified on Monday.

Tsarnaev's trial is entering its final stages. The federal jury that last month found the 21-year-old guilty of killing three people and wounding 264 others will soon begin deliberating whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of release.

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