Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Soot plays major role in global warming, study says

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Study says soot is big in warming

The tiny black particles released into the atmosphere by burning fuels are far more powerful agents of global warming than had been estimated, atmospheric scientists reported in a study issued Tuesday. These particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second most important contributor to global warming, behind carbon dioxide, wrote the 31 authors of the study, published online by the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. The new calculation adds urgency to efforts to curb the production of black carbon, which is released primarily by diesel engines in the industrialized world and by primitive cookstoves and kerosene lamps in poorer nations. Natural phenomena like forest fires also produce it. The analysis has pushed methane to third place as a human contributor to global warming.

GPS devices for fake pill bottles

New York City police plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves. While pharmacies elsewhere have experimented with so-called bait bottles, New York would take a more comprehensive approach by encouraging thousands of pharmacies to stock the bottles.

Ireland's burgers are not all beef

The Irish government said Tuesday that it had discovered traces of horse and pig DNA in burger products sold by some of the country's biggest supermarkets. The Food Safety Authority said the burgers aren't a threat to anyone's health but does "raise some concerns."

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A 30-year-old demanded notice for eviction from his parents’ house. ‘Outrageous,’ a judge said.

Michael Rotondo refuses to move out of his parents’ house.So much so that the 30-year-old argued for a half-hour with a judge in Upstate New York on Tuesday, saying that while he knew his parents wanted him out of their split-level ranch, he was enti...
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Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

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Saint Leo softball in the hunt for Division II title

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ST. LEO — History, both recent and program-encompassing, would not have suggested Saint Leo's softball team get any farther than a few games into the postseason.But this has been a history-making kind of week for Lions athletics. After ear...
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All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

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South Florida toy exec ready to pony up thousands for Murphy-Jolly run

South Florida toy exec ready to pony up thousands for Murphy-Jolly run

Politics can be a nightmarish place: Attack ads. Dark money. Political "bogeymen."Then there are the days when My Little Pony enters the fray.That's right. The man whose company produces your favorite classic, rainbow toy horses is getting invol...
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Words of wisdom from Class of 2018 on how school shootings have transformed them

Words of wisdom from Class of 2018 on how school shootings have transformed them

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No federal cyber-security money before election, state says

No federal cyber-security money before election, state says

Florida's chief elections official, Ken Detzner, says counties desperately waiting for a new pot of federal money to fight cyber-threats to voting systems won't be getting it before the election."The answer is no, and the reason is, we have to go to ...
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Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — While rain chances will decrease over the next two days, it is only a relative calm before a broad low pressure system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, producing strong storms across an already drenched Tampa Bay for Memorial Day weeke...
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Woman jailed in UK for forcing teenage daughter to marry

A woman in Britain has been sentenced to four- and-a-half years in prison for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan
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China pledges to work seriously with US ahead of Ross' visit

China's government has pledged to work conscientiously with Washington on resolving a sprawling trade dispute ahead of a visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Beijing
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