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Poll: Tracking asteroids, not return to moon, a favored focus for space program

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released Thursday, [...]

By | 2019-06-21T11:44:54+00:00 Monday, June 24, 2019|

Uncertainty can follow grief when small business owner dies without succession plan

NEW YORK — When Jim McLaughlin died suddenly from a heart attack at age 64, his family assumed they would have to close his homebuilding business. He’d made no plans for someone to succeed him at McLaughlin Construction, and there was no employee who could step in and take his place. But as McLaughlin’s son-in-law, [...]

By | 2019-06-21T11:43:05+00:00 Monday, June 24, 2019|

Police use of DNA leads to privacy backlash, changes to big database

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After California detectives used a popular online DNA database to track down a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer slayings, other police agencies quickly adopted the same technique. Since that case was cracked last year, at least 50 other killings and rapes have been solved nationwide by using partial DNA [...]

By | 2019-06-21T11:41:19+00:00 Monday, June 24, 2019|

Study: 1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers a ‘surprise’ bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser [...]

By | 2019-06-21T11:46:40+00:00 Monday, June 24, 2019|

Marijuana industry sets environmental, ethical goals

LOS ANGELES — An alliance of large marijuana businesses has a message for the public: We’re good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other companies operating in the sector, issued guidelines this week aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use. The [...]

By | 2019-06-24T10:07:26+00:00 Friday, June 21, 2019|

Back-and-forth trade moves leave businesses uncertain, wary

NEW YORK — Jeff Schwager is wondering whether it truly makes sense to sell his company’s cheese outside the U.S. Schwager’s company, Sartori, faced potential retaliatory tariffs from Mexico when President Donald Trump threatened nearly two weeks ago to reopen a trade war with Mexico to pressure its government to halt the flow of Central [...]

By | 2019-06-24T10:07:42+00:00 Friday, June 21, 2019|

NFL teams up with NCAA for next round of safety improvements

INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL’s top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer. They want the NCAA to pitch in, too. Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, spent two days this week in Indianapolis sharing data about their [...]

By | 2019-06-24T10:08:02+00:00 Friday, June 21, 2019|

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There’s a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle’s Sunday editions. There’s a new monthly magazine focusing on the area’s culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The newspaper is wider, its [...]

By | 2019-06-24T10:08:13+00:00 Friday, June 21, 2019|