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A screenshot from a video that shows soccer fans pushing a black man off a Paris metro.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 19:05

A video showed fans pushing a black man off a crowded train and then chanting, "we're racist." The club said it may seek to ban those people for life.

Sarah Goodfriend (left center) and Suzanne Bryant share a kiss Thursday as they pose with their daughters, Dawn Goodfriend (left) and Ting Goodfriend following a news conference in Austin.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:51

The couple acted quickly on the judge's order, getting a license and having a ceremony, but the Texas attorney general said the marriage was void.

An oil well in Garden City, Texas. With prices plunging, oil companies are laying off thousands of workers.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:08

Oil companies are laying off thousands of workers, and firms that provide services to support the industry — from drilling to seismic surveys — have been told they must slash costs to keep working.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says in a new report that Americans should shift to a pattern of eating that includes more plant-based foods.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:07

A panel of top nutrition experts is recommending that Americans adopt a more plant-based diet and eat less meat and sugar. It also found that most people are not consuming too much cholesterol.

Richard Dean Anderson portrayed MacGyver with the perfect combination of cool and nerdy.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:21

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape, because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

Yonkers community activist Hector Santiago demonstrates the "stop-and-shake" with Lt. Pat McCormack of the Yonkers Police Department. The idea, Santiago says, is to get people to introduce themselves to cops on the street.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:08

In a speech last week, FBI Director James Comey addressed racial tensions between police and minorities. A new effort in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y., tries to get officers and young people talking.

A scene from <em>Selma.</em>
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:20

"If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male," she also says, "I don't think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were."

It's a good start when experimental compounds stop the proliferation of cancer cells in the lab. But, as many researchers have learned the hard way, that's just an early step toward creating a worthwhile treatment.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:16

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal, shown in 2013 in Bahrain, says the 'pinpricks' against the Islamic State have not been effective. The former intelligence chief also says the campaign needs to be better coordinated.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:16

Prince Turki al-Faisal, the ex-Saudi intelligence chief, says the "pinprick" attacks against the Islamic State are not proving effective. He also says the campaign needs to be better coordinated.

NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick (in car on left) and Ryan Newman lead the pack during the Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, in Homestead, Fla.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:07

Though admissions lagged behind pre-recession levels and stadium seats are being torn out, 2014's new playoff model and speedway brawls made for one of the most thrilling seasons in the past decade.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:15

A defense official tells NPR that the rebels will be vetted and screened under top-secret protocols. Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will also be part of the effort.

Cyclones Lam and Marcia, before they made landfall in Australia on Thursday.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:04

Cyclone Lam came ashore as a Category 4 storm and Marcia is expected to make landfall as a Category 5 storm with wind gusts of up to 177 mph.

In this photo provided by Britain's Royal Air Force, taken Oct. 29, 2014, a Russian military long-range bomber aircraft photographed by an intercepting RAF Typhoon flies in international airspace.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:58

British Typhoon warplanes were scrambled after Russian military aircraft skirted England. The incident comes after the U.K. criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

The human version of a DNA sequence called HARE5 (inserted into this mouse embryo) turned on a gene that's important for brain development. (Gene activity is stained blue.) By the end of gestation, the embryo's brain was 12 percent larger than the brain of an embryo injected with the chimpanzee version of HARE5.
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:18

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

Mushrooms from a farm in Chester County, Pa., dubbed the "Mushroom Capital of America."
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:03

Foraging for wild, edible fungi may be a growing trend. But most of the mushrooms we eat come from farms – and a behind-the-scenes look at one of them turns out to be pretty exciting on its own.

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