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Researchers tackle mystery of how some snakes can fly
Flying snakes sound like creatures from a bad B-movie, but these serpents are elegant gliders that have evolved a special skill that sets them apart. In two new studies, engineers have used simulations to try to decipher how the wingless reptile manages to remain airborne despite its lack of flight appendages.
Most deadly fraternity scraps initiation for new members
BOSTON - Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest U.S. fraternities and the deadliest, said Friday it will ban the initiation of recruits, citing the toll that hazing has taken on its newest members.
Holder: Heroin deaths an 'urgent and growing public health crisis'
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder, calling the rise in deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers an "urgent and growing public health crisis," is outlining a series of efforts by the Justice Department to combat the epidemic.
Frigid U.S. weather means highest power prices since '08
NEW YORK - Freezing temperatures gripping the eastern U.S. will result in the highest electricity prices in six years for consumers in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.
Lilly's diabetes drug rejected by FDA
NEW YORK - A diabetes pill developed by Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim was rejected by U.S. regulators because of previously disclosed manufacturing deficiencies at a German plant that hadn't been resolved.
Target seeks new technology head after data breach
NEW YORK - Target Corp., still reeling from a security breach that exposed the personal information of tens of millions of customers, is seeking a new top technology executive to help prevent future attacks.
2 in Indiana sickened after eating contaminated Skittles
Health officials say packages of Original Skittles sold at a convenience store in Richmond, Ind., were contaminated, and two people who ate from a package were hospitalized with symptoms including burning throats, cramping and diarrhea.
Facebook cracking down on illegal gun sales planned on site
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is cracking down on illegal gun sales planned through its website, seeking to prevent criminal activity and setting a precedent other social- media sites could follow.
DENR cites Duke Energy for dam deficiencies, requests repair schedule
RALEIGH – State regulators have cited Duke Energy for deficiencies at dams at two coal ash basins at the Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford County and have notified the company to provide plans for repairing the dams.
Staples to close 225 stores as online competition hurts sales
WASHINGTON - Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office-supplies chain, will close as many as 12 percent of its North American stores and cut as much as $500 million in costs as online competition continues to hurt sales.
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