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Saudis jail Pakistani blogger who allegedly criticized Yemen airstrikes

A controversial Pakistani commentator has been jailed in Saudi Arabia and reportedly sentenced to receive 1,000 lashes for allegedly criticizing the Saudi government while on a religious pilgrimage.

Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.

Ecuador, first stop on Pope tour, highlights environment exhortation

QUITO (Reuters) - It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution.

San Diego officer kills man who tried to attack him with a knife, police say

A San Diego police officer shot and killed a 60-year-old man who was attempting to stab him with a knife, police said Friday.

After years in obscurity, Medal of Honor recipient to be reburied in San Diego, with military honors

After a near century in obscurity and lack of recognition, the remains of a Medal of Honor recipient will be transferred next week to a place of honor at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015

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Dot Earth Blog: Greenland’s Iceberg Factory – Where the Empire State Building is Too Short a Yardstick

Welcome to Greenland, where the standard measure of height for calving icebergs is an Empire State Building or two.

Charleston mayor: 'When there's this much pain, you have to ... find a path forward'

When a high-level official of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Carolina complained that a downtown hotel had discriminated against him, Mayor Joseph Riley offered a swift public apology.

'Back to the Future' ideas (hoverboard!) being realized in the present

Although our present day looks a little different from what Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale imagined in the "Back to the Future" trilogy, the films' ideas, futuristic toys and capabilities have trickled into real life. Here's a look at a few of them.

Deciding on the road not taken in Afghanistan

As soon as he sees the brightly colored storefronts of fruit sellers and general merchandisers on this small stretch of road, Gholam Karbalai knows he is safe.

Essential California: Shopping spree with the coroner

Good morning. It is Friday, July 3. We're playing hooky and spending the weekend at BBQs, baseball games and the beach. Essential California will return on Monday. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter Tightening UC admissions: Fewer Californians were accepted...

Berlin says utilities can't dodge responsibility for nuclear waste

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday that if the provisions by utilities for shutting down nuclear power plants were not sufficient, the government needed to discuss asking the companies to make further payments.

Mormon voters: A key bloc up for grabs in Nevada caucus race

Before Heidi Wixom arrived at her neighborhood high school to cast a caucus vote in each of the last two presidential elections, she already had a steadfast favorite to support.

A first-hand look at lane-splitting from a motorcyclist's perspective

The motorcyclist merged onto the I-5 at Riverside Drive. In a tight ecru leather jacket, jeans that hugged her like a second-skin and black spike-heeled boots, she was dressed to kill.

Patients swamped with medical bills find a solution in crowd-funding

When a young couple from Florida couldn't get their insurance company to pay for in-vitro fertilization, they turned to the Internet for help.

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.

Counter: Beer, BierBeisl and bone marrow

Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Hello again: In honor of our nation's birthday, this week's food section is dedicated to beer, which is perhaps what you want to be drinking while you watch Uncle Stu work his way through the fountains, sparklers, snakes, strobes and ground spinners that are...

'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

Mutant wasps wreak havoc at a country-estate garden party in "Stung," a homage to those 1980s creature features that reveled in grotesque details.

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