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What the heck are these 520-million-year-old blobs? Experts can't agree.

A new study says these blobs definitely aren’t brains.  (Liu J. et al./Proceedings of the Royal Society B) Here’s a brainteaser: Do the 520-million-year-old fossils of an ancient, bug-like creature actually show a silhouette of its brains? Or are these blobby shapes in its head merely fossilized bacteria? According to a new study, the fossilized structures in the Cambrian-period creature’s ...

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Boston College professor offers extra credit for students to go on dates

Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin is known as the “dating professor.”  (Boston College/ YoutTube) A Boston College philosophy professor—known as the “dating professor”—offers extra credit to her students who (while sober) ask someone out on a date, go out on that said date and have no physical contact. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Professor Kerry Cronin said ...

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Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

PHILADELPHIA –  Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He ...

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S. Carolina inmate: Bodies stacked up during riot; 7 slain

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for more than seven hours inside a maximum-security prison, leaving seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century, officials said. An inmate who witnessed the violence told The Associated Press that bodies were “literally stacked on top of each other.” At least 17 prisoners ...

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5 rookie mistakes to avoid when cooking steak

Do you know your way around a choice cut of beef?  (iStock) There’s nothing quite like a juicy cut of beef to celebrate a birthday, holiday or the end of a long week, and a pepper-crusted ribeye or tender flank steak does just the trick. But if you’re among the home cooks who are hesitant to make steak, have no fear. Many folks who ...

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AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

BEIJING –  The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom. For years, he and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a narrow bamboo raft from a tree-shrouded bank in southern China into neighboring Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils and Bibles. The journey ...

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Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes

A wreath is displayed at the memorial site in Boston where one of the bombs exploded in 2013 at the Boston Marathon.  (WFXT) BOSTON –  Boston marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings Sunday with solemn remembrances and charitable acts. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker laid wreaths early in the morning at the ...

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Spring blizzard pounds Midwest; flights canceled, deaths reported

Colleen Streefland brushes snow and ice off her vehicle in Rochester, Minn., April 14, 2018.  (Associated Press) Amid a spring blizzard in the Midwest that prompted hundreds of flights to be canceled Saturday, one runway has reopened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, officials said Sunday. A total of 469 flights had been canceled at the Minnesota airport alone, airport spokesman ...

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