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Michael Bloomberg plans $50 million to build gun control network to fight NRA

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

SWN Resources proposing test wells in New Brunswick, but no fracking for now

FREDERICTON - The company at the centre of a fracking controversy in New Brunswick said Wednesday it hopes to drill four test wells next year that will help determine the location of shale gas deposits in Queens and Kent counties. If the project is approved, SWN Resources Canada said the vertical holes, known as stratigraphic test wells, would extend several thousand metres below the surface in Pangburn, Bronson, Galloway and Lower Saint-Charles.

SWN Resources proposing test wells in New Brunswick, but no fracking for now

FREDERICTON - The company at the centre of a fracking controversy in New Brunswick said Wednesday it hopes to drill four test wells next year that will help determine the location of shale gas deposits in Queens and Kent counties. If the project is approved, SWN Resources Canada said the vertical holes, known as stratigraphic test wells, would extend several thousand metres below the surface in Pangburn, Bronson, Galloway and Lower Saint-Charles.

Alabama's Auburn University scrubs classes over rampage threat

(Reuters) - Alabama's Auburn University said it found no immediate safety threat after canceling classes on Wednesday due to a message posted in a campus restroom that reportedly warned of a "rampage of biblical proportion." The university suspended normal operations for the day in light of "student and parent anxiety," according to a statement on Auburn's website. A school spokesman could not be reached to confirm the specifics of the threat. Local newspapers reported the message threatened a "rampage of biblical proportion."

Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo. Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. But how they recognize each other in order to hook up had remained a mystery.

BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley

By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha (Reuters) - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. Instead, there are hot sports cars in the streets and new companies filling the refurbished office buildings.

Vermont Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law

By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill.

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday. In what appeared to be the first report of an attack using a flaw in software known as OpenSSL, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said this week that about 900 social insurance numbers and possibly other data had been compromised as a result of an attack on its site.

Tobacco cos. make payments under pact to help states with smoking-related health care costs

RICHMOND, Va. - The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

Yellen says full U.S. employment coming into view, slowly

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday the U.S. economy appeared to be slowly moving toward full employment, but that it would need help from the central bank for some time to come. In her second public speech since taking the Fed's helm, Yellen said it was "quite plausible" the economy would be back to near full employment and a healthier level of inflation by the end of 2016.
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