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Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

Science
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pied flycatchers are turning up dead in the nests of great tits, and new research suggests global warming is to blame for the interspecies violence. Pied flycatchers and great tits are natural rivals. The two bird species compete for similar nesting sites, and both rely on caterpillars, an abundant but short-lived food source, to feed their young. Having spent years studying the two species, researcher Jelmer Samplonius began to notice some years hosted dozens of flycatcher deaths, while other years were nearly free of fatalities. In an attempt to better understand the fluctuating violence, researchers surveyed the number of pied flycatcher fatalities observed in great tit nest boxes in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2016. The data showed that during the deadliest years...
Markets extend falls as trade war intensifies

Markets extend falls as trade war intensifies

World
Asian markets have fallen sharply overnight amid increasing fears of a damaging trade war between China and the US, the world's largest two economies.Japan's Nikkei closed 4.5% lower while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down by 2.4%, South Korea's Kospi lost 3.2%, and China's Shanghai Composite dropped 3.4% in value - following steep declines on Wall Street earlier.In London, the FTSE 100 fell 0.9% in early trading, having already lost 1.2% on Thursday to finish below the 7,000-mark for the first time since December 2016 - and move it officially into "correction" territory, more than 10% below its most recent peak.Investors were spooked by Donald Trump's confirmation of tariffs of up to $ 60bn on imports from China.Beijing announced its own plans that could hit up to $ 3bn of US goods including...
New school closings, deaths reported as flu epidemic intensifies

New school closings, deaths reported as flu epidemic intensifies

Health
School closings in Florida and Oklahoma and the deaths of a 12-year-old Florida boy and 37-year-old Indiana woman, both reportedly from influenza, are the latest signs of a growing epidemic across the United States, experts say. Karlie Illg Slaven, a mother of two, died Jan. 22, three days after being diagnosed with the flu, her father told ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV. Slaven started feeling ill after her children and husband recovered from the flu, Karl Illg told WCPO. Slaven, who according to her dad did not get a flu shot, went to the doctor twice before being admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, where she died. “Eventually, there was nothing else that could be done,” Illg said. “And we all were there, standing around her, and she left about 6:30 in the morning.” D
Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

World
The Syrian government's fresh assault on the last rebel stronghold in the country has sparked another mass movement of people, with tens of thousands fleeing the fighting. Turkish troops were spotted early on Tuesday morning moving into positions along the Syrian border as fears mounted about an humanitarian catastrophe.Turkish politicians have been warning about the possibility of a "mass migration" for days as violence intensifies across their southeastern border.Bashar al Assad's fighters have moved into the south of Idlib Province on a ground offensive for the first time in nearly three years, and this - coupled with more airstrikes - has prompted another wave of people to flee further into the overly crowded Idlib City and beyond.Image:Flimsy tents are pitched in soggy mud o...
Officer's death intensifies scrutiny of herbal supplement

Officer's death intensifies scrutiny of herbal supplement

Health
Matt Dana was known around the Adirondack Mountain town where he grew up as a promising young police sergeant who worked hard to root out narcotics dealers. So it came as a shock to friends and co-workers when he died suddenly this summer and an autopsy attributed it to an overdose. It wasn't from drugs, but from kratom, an herbal supplement sold online and in convenience stores, gas stations and smoke shops. "It was the talk of the town. People were upset it was reported as an overdose," said Paul Maroun, mayor of Tupper Lake in the central Adirondacks 110 miles northwest of Albany. "It's not an illegal drug." Made from the leaf of a Southeast Asian plant, kratom (pronounced KRAY-tuhm) is touted as an energizer, potent pain reliever, and tool to wean people with addictions off heroin and...