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One fifth of world’s plants face extinction, say scientists

The state of the world’s plants is not strong. One in 5 plant species faces risk of extinction, according to a report touted to be the first assessment of global plant life. And such loss of plant diversity could have devastating impacts on our own plant uses. “Plants are absolutely fundamental to humankind,” Kathy Willis, science director at the Royal ...

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Demonstrators, police face off at tense protest outside Trump event in California

Friday April 29, 2016 – BURLINGAME, Calif. — Protesters opposed to Donald Trump and police officers clashed outside a hotel here Friday ahead of a speech by the Republican front-runner, as a demonstration that had begun peacefully became increasingly tense before he arrived. The protests forced Trump to abandon his motorcade and walk through a field and under a fence, he said, ...

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Study shows childhood obesity on the rise

Rates of childhood overweight and obesity have not decreased in the U.S. in recent years, and severe obesity is on the rise, especially for minority children, according to a new study. Ten percent of teens now have severe obesity, lead researcher Asheley Skinner of the Duke Clinical Research Institute told Reuters Health by phone. The public health campaigns and White ...

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Chernobyl, 30 Years Later

  Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than 2 billion euros ...

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Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bill, while Alexander Hamilton remains on $10 bill

Wednesday April 20, 2016 – The U.S. Treasury has decided to put African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, replacing former president Andrew Jackson, who will be moved to the back of the bill, Treasury officials said Wednesday. Former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the new $10 bill, officials said, after ...

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e-Cigarette Use Among Teens On The Rise in U.S.

    Friday April 15, 2016 – WASHINGTON — E-cigarette use continued to rise among young teenagers and preteens in the United States last year, according to new federal data, but cigarette smoking overall did not increase, suggesting that, at least so far, fears that the devices would hook a new generation on traditional cigarettes have not come to pass. Experts ...

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