WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday
forecast more robust economic growth in 2014 than last year and
a further pickup in the economy for 2015.
Under a White House projection, the U.S. economy is expected
to expand by 3.1 percent this year, faster than last year’s 1.7
percent. Growth would pick up to 3.4 percent in 2015, the White
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were plenty of college athletes at the White House on Monday, but none of the usual NFL or NBA-bound football and basketball players.
Instead, President Barack Obama recognized the achievements of college athletes not in the big-money pursuits of football and basketball, but in a range of other sports like riflery, field hockey, water polo, tennis, track and field, soccer, lacrosse and hockey.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A spectacular array of beautifully preserved fossils unearthed in northeastern China over the past two decades provides a unique portal on life 160 million years ago in the Jurassic Period, an international team of scientists said this week.
Among them are outlandish feathered dinosaurs, a quirky flying reptile, the earliest known gliding mammal, the earliest known swimming mammal – and a salamander that turned up everywhere.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Patsy Cline’s classic country song “I Fall to Pieces,” has nothing on this one.
Scientists said on Thursday they have observed for the first time an asteroid breaking apart, crumbling into at least 10 pieces in sort of a celestial, slow-motion train wreck.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Europe 150 million years ago, this dude was the biggest, baddest bully in town.
Two scientists in Portugal announced on Wednesday that they have identified the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Europe, a 33-foot-long (10-meter-long) brute called Torvosaurus gurneyi that was the scourge of its domain in the Jurassic Period.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The masquerade party never ends for these ladies.
The females of an Asian swallowtail butterfly species known as the Common Mormon often mimic the appearance of another species of butterfly that is toxic for predators to eat, with strikingly similar coloration and markings on the wings.
This bit of evolutionary skullduggery tricks birds that otherwise would be happy to munch these insects but instead keep them off the menu, thinking they are inedible.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brandished the threat of economic sanctions on Russia on Sunday, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Moscow’s moves on Ukraine an “incredible act of aggression.”
As Washington’s already strained relations with Moscow deteriorated further, Kerry was scathing in his condemnation and said the United States has “all options on the table” including a military response.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine and threatened economic sanctions by the United States and allies to isolate Moscow, but called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text,” Kerry told the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aides in former President Bill Clinton’s White House crafted a strategy to “humanize” then-first lady Hillary Clinton and work around her “aversion” to the national media, according to documents released on Friday.
The documents also detailed the first lady’s struggles in the early 1990s with her healthcare task force, including worries about resistance on Capitol Hill and an aide’s warning the plan could not meet a pledge to allow patients to pick their doctors, a promise that also came back to haunt President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When it comes to camp-outs, this one was epic.
On the way from Asia into the Americas, the ancestors of Native Americans hunkered down for about 10,000 years during a particularly frigid period of the Ice Age in territory called the Bering Land Bridge that once linked Siberia to Alaska.
That’s the argument advanced on Thursday by scientists who said that fossil evidence showing that shrubby lowlands there could have supported human habitation fits nicely with DNA data about the ancestors of today’s Native American population.