Science & Technology

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

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NEW YORK — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. ...

Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out

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The American West is baking, burning and drying in intertwined extreme weather. Four sets of numbers explain how bad it is now, while several...

Senate Democrats’ $3.5T budget deal backs up Biden’s goals

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WASHINGTON — this story is a refire/new doc of last night's story with new material wire embargoed for 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday; lead with...

EXPLAINER: Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?

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Just because Pfizer wants to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters doesn’t mean people will be lining up anytime soon -- U.S. and international health authorities...

Report: Appalachian states face billions in mining cleanup

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The cleanup and reclaiming of coal mines in seven Appalachian states will cost billions, and Kentucky and West Virginia have the...

Five most likely reasons your check engine light just lit up

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Americans are holding onto their vehicles longer than ever, with the average age of a car in 2020 rising to a record 12.1 years,...

Notable sedition, treason cases in American history

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CHICAGO — After Donald Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 in a bid to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s election, many...

China tightens control over cybersecurity in data crackdown

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BEIJING — Tech experts in China who find a weakness in computer security would be required to tell the government and couldn’t sell that...

Wildfires threaten homes, land across 10 Western states

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LOS ANGELES — Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states on Tuesday, and the largest, in...

FCC gives state prisons tech options to quash cellphones

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal regulators are giving state prisons across the country more technological options to combat contraband cellphones, which prison officials have long...