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Using tip from social media, USDA seizes 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail can eat plaster, stucco and 500 types of plants, including most row crops and citrus, making them a nuisance in places like Florida, where local agencies are trying to eradicate them. Photo by Flickr user Coleg Gwent WASHINGTON — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. Show More Summary

Watch Live: President Obama on Ukraine, Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. is already launching airstrikes against Islamic...Show More Summary

U.S. condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration isn’t outlining any immediate punishment of Russia even as it decries President Vladimir Putin’s government for the apparent invasion of Ukraine. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Moscow...Show More Summary

Amazon acquisition “Twitch” boasts audience rivaling primetime TV

175,000 people participated in “Twitch Plays Pokémon,” a collaborative playthrough of the popular children’s game that crowdsourced directions from Twitch viewers. On Monday, Amazon announced that it had finalized a deal to acquire, a live streaming video service geared towards the broadcast of video game gameplay. Show More Summary

White House prepares to defend coming executive orders on immigration

Immigrant rights activists shout slogans in front of the White House on August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. Show More Summary

Twitter chat: What gives a college degree its value?

Given the steep cost of higher education, it is tempting to evaluate different courses of study based solely on the return on investment they offer. For many, attending college means taking out loans that may take years to pay off. Factors such as future salary and the likelihood of securing employment post-graduation must be considered. Show More Summary

Twitter Chat: Is a college degree worth the cost?

The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that by the year 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require at least some education beyond high school. Even with a degree, many college graduates struggle to find work in the current economic climate. Show More Summary

Ebola outbreak could affect 20,000 people before it’s over

This undated handout photo provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline (NIAID/GSK) shows a vaccine candidate, in a vial, that will be used in the upcoming human Ebola trials. Photo from GlaxoSmithKline...Show More Summary

WATCH: St. Louis public TV to host discussion on Ferguson’s effects on the country

St. Louis public television station, The Nine Network, will air a special discussion on the repercussions from the events in Ferguson, Missouri, at 10 p.m. EDT today. PBS NewsHour will live stream the event in the player above. For more...Show More Summary

Brain-eating ameoba found in Louisiana parish drinking water

A deadly ameoba known to fatally infect human brains has been discovered within a water system in Louisiana. Louisiana health officials said a deadly amoeba has been detected in the water system of a parish that serves more than 12,000 people in three towns. Show More Summary

White House builds legal justification for Obama’s executive actions on immigration

Immigration reform groups march outside the White House calling on President Obama for immigration reform and to stop deportations on July 16. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits...Show More Summary

Obama debates seeking congressional approval to launch airstrikes in Syria

President Barack Obama, again, faces the decision of whether to seek permission from Congress for airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faces a familiar...Show More Summary

Massachusetts mayor says her city feeling effects of immigrant surge

Judith Kennedy is the mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts. Lynn, Massachusetts is 1,500 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico, but the old factory city has found itself strained because of the recent surge of Central American minors into the...Show More Summary

Still little consensus on role of massive, online courses in higher education

Massive, open, online courses could be reshaping the typical college classroom. Tonight, PBS NewsHour Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan looks at how in the third story in his Rethinking College series. The classes, known as MOOCs, were...Show More Summary

Growing human tissue for mass-production

Scientists are attempting to grow human tissue on small computer chips. Video by Wyss Institute Scientists working out of the University of California, Berkeley are trying to grow thin layers of human lung, liver and heart tissue onShow More Summary

Immigration judges’ union seeks independent court system

WASHINGTON — The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges’ union said Wednesday. Judge DanaShow More Summary

Army general loses a star for stalling sexual assault case

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, seen here giving remarks in 2012, was demoted to a one-star ranking for his handling of a sexual assault case. Photo from U.S. Army WASHINGTON — A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate...Show More Summary

Bob Dylan to release all ‘Basement Tapes’ recordings, including 30 you’ve never heard

May 10, 1966 Bristol Colston Hall – Bob Dylan stares out the window of his limo during a rainy day in Bristol, England in early May 1966. Photo by Flickr user Paul Townsend In the spring of 1967, Bob Dylan was on societal retreat near Woodstock, New York, following a motorcycle accident months before. Show More Summary

CDC Director: Ebola Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – AUGUST 15: A sick woman lies in a classroom now used as Ebola isolation ward on August 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being brought by Liberian health workers to...Show More Summary

U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

An Iraqi Yazidi girl who fled with her family the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, stands at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 5, 2014. Show More Summary

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