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At least three genes that predispose some of us to hay fever and other allergies came from Neanderthal DNA, scientists say. The genes likely boosted the immunity of our early ancestors.

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.

Robin Wright, who writes about Saudi Arabia and Iran in the current issue of The New Yorker, says upcoming Syrian peace talks have been compromised by the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric.

Thursday was shaping up to be another tumultuous day in the financial markets. Stock prices were falling after a big selloff in Asia and Europe. The trouble seems to have started in China.

An advisory panel had recommended telling Americans to cut back on red and processed meats. But that controversial advice is missing from the update to the government's official nutrition guidelines.

Scientists are convening to talk about whether experiments that make some viruses more contagious in order to advance understanding of potential outbreaks are worth the risk of creating one.

Robots may be in our future, but the future isn't quite here.

Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.

John Magufuli, the new president of Tanzania, aims to cut over-the-top government spending and improve services. Opponents hope he fizzles out.

The workers at Bob's Tire Co. in New Bedford, Mass. recently voted 65-5 to unionize. Labor advocates say the move is historical, but are undocumented workers protected from enforcement?




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