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Robots vs ebola

Can machines help stop the Ebola outbreak? WASHINGTON -- The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola — a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star Wars,” the…
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Powerful quake hurts 39 in Japan ski resort

TOKYO -- A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday. The quake struck at 10:08 p.m. local time (1308 GMT) Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) at the epicenter,…
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Facebook ‘newspaper’ death blow to print?

WASHINGTON -- Facebook’s move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media. The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how…
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To cut or not to cut, that is OPEC’s question

LONDON -- The OPEC oil producers cartel will hold one of its toughest and most significant meetings in recent years as, faced with sliding prices, its members must contemplate whether to cut output. Ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, home to the cartel’s…
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China building possible airfield in S. China Sea

CHINA is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighboring states, a US military spokesman said Friday. The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands…
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