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Indian monsoon falters in key month for farmers

MUMBAI (Reuters) - After drenching India with above-average rains in June, the monsoon has weakened in what is typically the wettest and most crucial month for millions of farmers growing oilseeds, rice, cotton and pulses.

U.N. warns of risks as Europe enjoys scorcher

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change.

Today: Border Trouble. Making Nice With Cuba.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Homeland Security worries about  corruption in its border protection agency; and President Obama takes a big step in his quest for friendlier relations with Cuba. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Sign up to get the day's...

Privilege makes them do it - what a study of Internet trolls reveals

The British government just put up a website with advice on how to fight back against Internet trolls. Popular Science magazine decided "trolls and spambots" were shouting down scientific debate; Christianity Today also ended online comments on its news and features, and the news service Reuters...

France's toxic mix of demographics, terrorism and a presidential election

If you think immigration is a poisonous issue in American politics, spare a moment of sympathy for France, where demographics, terrorism and a presidential election have collided to produce a truly toxic mix.

Brazil agrees to cut Amazon deforestation and boost renewables

The country has committed to ending illegal deforestation by 2030, as it partners with the US on fighting climate change

Aspiring actor buries bodies between movie gigs

Many aspiring actors wait tables, drive taxis or hold other part-time jobs while hoping for their big break.

Supreme Court should strike down Texas' unnecessary abortion law

The Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to allow nearly a dozen Texas abortion clinics to stay open while it considers whether to review an an onerous new antiabortion law was not just a welcome course of action for women in that state. It was also a promising indication that the court is concerned...

Essential California: Are California's unions doomed?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 1. Did you lose a car? The Fire Department found one in the Los Angeles River. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:   TOP STORIES  No religious exemption California's fight over vaccinations heated up with the recent measles outbreak and has now...

The West Is Literally On Fire, And The Impacts Could Be Widespread

Large fires are burning from Alaska to Arizona, and the environmental consequences go far beyond burning trees. The post The West Is Literally On Fire, And The Impacts Could Be Widespread appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Death toll from Indonesian plane crash rises to more than 140

The death toll from a plane crash in Indonesia's fourth-largest city Medan rose to more than 140 people as a massive recovery effort wound down on Wednesday afternoon.

Let Them Eat Climate Change

The winds are changing for the energy giants. And so the black plumes of smoke emitted by the climate deniers in an attempt to provide cover for the coal, oil and gas industry have already been refined.   The free market think tanks funded by dirty energy have spent the last decade claiming there is no global warming. Show More Summary

Chinese carbon market doldrums may undermine climate efforts

BEIJING (Reuters) - Regulatory uncertainty and a lack of transparency have left trade on China's seven pilot carbon exchanges in the doldrums, which could undermine efforts to cut the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

Penelope Spheeris is relieved that her 'Decline' trilogy is finally out on DVD

Though she is known to many as the director of big, broad '90s studio comedies such as "Wayne's World" and "Black Sheep," Penelope Spheeris is revered by others for her trilogy of L.A.-set music documentaries, "The Decline of Western Civilization" Parts 1, 2 and 3. The films have just been released...

Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests

Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time?

SpaceX failure tests its bold agenda

Before its unmanned rocket disintegrated Sunday, SpaceX had become an industry rising star. The brainchild of billionaire Elon Musk was not just blasting spacecraft into orbit, but was making it look easy.

Helium finding adds new wrinkle to Newport-Inglewood fault

When Jim Boles went to the Santa Fe Springs oil field three years ago to study helium samples, he wasn't thinking about earthquakes. As a researcher in petroleum geology and geochemistry, Boles was studying why the temperatures were so hot underground.

After fleeing the Nazis and a Siberian camp as a child, L.A. woman fights for family's legacy

She fled the Nazis. Escaped a Siberian prison camp. Survived hunger and homelessness in Central Asia. Battled malaria, dysentery and lice on deportation trains and overloaded ships. Landed, finally, in Middle East exile.

Colleges, tech firms joining forces to try to make campus life safer

Colleges and universities are teaming up with technology entrepreneurs in an effort to keep students safe - on and off campus - by using their smartphones.

As Myanmar rights official, an Elvis impersonator sings different tune

It was 1967 when U Win Mra, Burma's most successful Elvis impersonator, relinquished his dream of a singing career.

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