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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

  CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy. Known as “red tide,” this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly [...]

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Experts: Mystery fireball was Russian satellite

  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northward across the night sky. Witnesses described it as three “rocks” with glowing red and orange streaks. But the fireball that blazed over the Rockies earlier this month wasn’t a meteor or other celestial [...]

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‘NBA 2K15′ drafts 3D face mapping for latest game

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — “NBA 2K15″ is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set [...]

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Students decide to stream with Netflix instead of flowing with cable

  by Stephanie Cousins House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development are just some of the shows that can be seen on Netflix. While video streaming is still in its infancy, it is becoming a welcomed alternative to cable television. Young people are a principle part of the “cut the cord” [...]

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Japan’s whale hunt under scrutiny at IWC meeting

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Japan’s intention to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic — despite a ruling by the top U.N. court — topped the agenda as an international whaling conference opened Monday in Slovenia’s Adriatic Sea resort of Portoroz. Whaling for research purposes is exempt from the 1986 international ban on commercial whaling [...]

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Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee [...]

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China creates its first no-cellphone sidewalk lane

    BEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. But the property manager says it’s intended to be ironic — to remind people [...]

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Departments use technology to ID troubled officers

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such “early warning systems” are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on [...]

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Autopsy: Inmate died from heat, meds in NYC cell

  NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled the February death an accident on Friday. Antipsychotic medication therapy for treatment of [...]

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Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State. The “gigafactory” is expected to bring more than 20,000 [...]

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Va. to move up hurricane evacuation timeline

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia plans to give residents up to 10 hours more notice of a mandatory hurricane evacuation, and will target the most high-risk areas for those evacuations, officials said Thursday. The changes come amid a review of the state’s hurricane preparedness plan. Officials expect to begin hurricane evacuation planning sooner when [...]

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