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Mar 2, 2015
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NHL on thin ice?

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Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan (71) collides with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the third period at MTS Centre. Winnipeg wins 5-2. Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

A group of professional athletes is litigating against their league for negligence over the health effects of repeated head trauma, in a sport known – and, in some cases even celebrated – for its violence and aggression. No, it’s not the NFL; it’s the National Hockey League.

Mar 2, 2015
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NHL on thin ice?

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Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan (71) collides with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the third period at MTS Centre. Winnipeg wins 5-2. Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

A group of professional athletes is litigating against their league for negligence over the health effects of repeated head trauma, in a sport known – and, in some cases even celebrated – for its violence and aggression. No, it’s not the NFL; it’s the National Hockey League.

Feb 26, 2015
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Pot, black holes and a vibrating bike

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Melvin Clay of the DC Cannabis Campaign holds a sign urging voters to legalize marijuana, at the Eastern Market polling station in Washington November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

 

It’s a new law that almost went to pot – and then it did.

A deal to legalize the possession of some smaller amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia was almost scuttled amid a kerfuffle between city officials and Congress. House Republicans tried to stop the measure, citing a spending bill they claimed forbid any form of legalizing pot. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said no way.

Feb 25, 2015
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Venomous fish, a new wasp, toxic sludge

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A dead lionfish floats in the water, as its greenish blood is seen in the background. REUTERS/Christa Cameron

The lionfish is on the swim.

The notoriously invasive species faces a host of elimination efforts in the Florida Keys, which is a good thing since experts say lionfish harm the ecosystem by attacking other important species and just generally trash the joint. Combat initiatives include collecting the venomous fish by hand and hosting lionfish capture tournaments.

Feb 25, 2015
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Venomous fish, a new wasp, toxic sludge

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A dead lionfish floats in the water, as its greenish blood is seen in the background. REUTERS/Christa Cameron

The lionfish is on the swim.

The notoriously invasive species faces a host of elimination efforts in the Florida Keys, which is a good thing since experts say lionfish harm the ecosystem by attacking other important species and just generally trash the joint. Combat initiatives include collecting the venomous fish by hand and hosting lionfish capture tournaments.

Feb 24, 2015
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A daring manatee rescue

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An unrelated manatee in Crystal River, Florida January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Don’t have a sea cow – the manatees are safe.

In case you thought you were the only one sick and tired of winter, around 20 manatees were found trapped in a Florida storm drain, after swimming there in an apparent effort to warm up, Reuters reported. The local authorities rescued the gentle giants overnight, returning each one to his or her appropriate habitat.

Feb 23, 2015
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Papal peace offering

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Pope Francis leads a special audience for the Cassano allo Jonio diocese at the Vatican February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

 

The Pope’s gonna make an offer you can’t refuse.

The Holy See is looking to welcome a new demographic to the Catholic faith: members of Italian organized crime. During an address at the Vatican, Pope Francis told mafioso members that “the Church will welcome you if your willingness to serve good is as clear and public as your choice to serve evil was.” In other words: Leave the gun, take the rosary.

Feb 20, 2015
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A much-needed Ebola breakthrough

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Ebola survivors march in a Valentine’s Day Parade in Monrovia February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Ricci Shryock

 

It’s a medical breakthrough that couldn’t come a moment too soon.

A 15-minute Ebola test that requires no electricity to perform passed World Health Organization approval, potentially revolutionizing how medical professionals identify the deadly disease. While less reliable than traditional Ebola identifiers, researchers say, the first-of-its-kind rapid test offers new avenues for doctors.

Feb 19, 2015
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Happy New Year!

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Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

This year, we celebrate the Year of the Goat - or the Year of the Sheep, depending on whom you ask. The sheep-goat dichotomy owes itself to ambiguity in the Chinese zodiac’s Mandarin name for the creature, “yang,” according to the New York Times. Apparently “yang” refers to just about any grass-eating, bleating, hoofed animal.

Feb 19, 2015
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Happy New Year!

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Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

This year, we celebrate the Year of the Goat - or the Year of the Sheep, depending on whom you ask. The sheep-goat dichotomy owes itself to ambiguity in the Chinese zodiac’s Mandarin name for the creature, “yang,” according to the New York Times. Apparently “yang” refers to just about any grass-eating, bleating, hoofed animal.