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Bombing suspect's classmate hid evidence to shield him, jury told
BOSTON - A college classmate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev conspired with other young men to protect their friend, "who they knew was being investigated for the Boston Marathon bombings," a prosecutor told federal court jurors.
Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters
WASHINGTON - The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney.
Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses
WASHINGTON - They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.
Nation's first soda tax could come to Berkeley
The Berkeley City Council unanimously decided last week to put the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot this November. Approving the tax would mean a major defeat for the soda industry, which has spent millions to crush the effort nationwide.
NCSU STUDY: Science and Cookies: Researchers Tap Into Citizen Science To Shed Light on Ant Diversity
The following release is from NC State University:
Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida have combined cookies, citizen science and robust research methods to track the diversity of ant species across the United States, and are now collaborating with international partners to get a global perspective on how ants are moving and surviving in the modern world.
EPA approves state agency approach to development of site specific nutrient criteria for waterways
The following release was issued by NCDENR:
RALEIGH – A N.C. Division of Water Resources plan to develop numeric criteria to address nutrients in the state’s lakes, rivers and estuaries has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Cattle at record signals higher beef costs for July 4th grillers
CHICAGO - Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Want Fireworks? State Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Attend Community Shows
RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin warns North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July 4th weekend.
State parks closing throughout coastal North Carolina
RALEIGH – Seven state parks in coastal North Carolina are closing early today and will remain closed until the passage of Hurricane Arthur and any damage has been assessed, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer
WASHINGTON - Air travelers are paying more to fly in the U.S. this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period.
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