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Trump order could open California coast, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling

President Trump on Friday is expected to sign an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, a prospect that elicited a fierce backlash in California and elsewhere even before details of the order were clear. The move, which...

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    India is about to make it easier for political parties to hide where their money comes from

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  • The state of the world? Every day, 800 million people go to bed hungry, the U.N. says

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    Vigilantes prowl Europe's border with a target: Muslim migrants

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    French police on the hunt for poachers who killed a white rhino in a zoo

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    United Arab Emirates' 23-year-old minister of youth affairs has high aspirations for her peers

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    Dinosaur surprise: Scientists find collagen inside a 195-million-year-old bone

    Dinosaur paleontology has long been the domain of bones and teeth – but now soft tissues could be changing the game. Scientists say they have discovered collagen preserved in a 195-million-year-old rib from a long-necked Lufengosaurus. The protein fragments, described in the journal Nature Communications,...

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