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Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Health
The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal police shooting is higher in states with the highest rates of gun ownership, compared to those with the lowest. The study, from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Northeastern University found that people were 3.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal police shootings if they lived in the 10 states with the most guns — Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisian, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia — than if they lived in the five states with the least — Conne...
My son was finally diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, now I need more answers

My son was finally diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, now I need more answers

Health
Editor's Note: This essay is a firsthand account written by Amber Allen, the mother of Cooper. It was Aug. 7, and we were about to leave for our last family trip of the summer. As my husband and I finished packing up the car for a family trip, our 13-year-old son Cooper complained of a headache and a sore, stiff neck. He was lethargic and had a fever. "He must be coming down with a something," I thought. Nothing that warranted canceling our plans, I reassured myself. After all, with 15 years of parenting under our belts and five kids, we’d experienced fevers and illnesses more times than we could count. Cooper slept for most of the drive to Utah, but his symptoms worsened the next day. The fever continued and he began vomiting — he was extremely pale and weak. I felt a d...
After-hours buzz: TSLA, COST & more

After-hours buzz: TSLA, COST & more

Finance
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Tesla stock dipped 2 percent in the extended session following a tweet by CEO Elon Musk that mocked the Securities and Exchange Commission, just days after the two reached a settlement to drop fraud charges against Musk. Musk tweeted shortly after the market close on Thursday, "Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!" The SEC declined to comment on the tweet. Costco shares fell as much as 3 percent in after-hours trading after the compan...
Climate researchers: More green space, less biofuel

Climate researchers: More green space, less biofuel

Science
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The chorus of biofuel critics is getting louder. In an opinion article published this week in the journal PNAS, a pair climate scientists argued continued support for biofuel production will make it more difficult to protect the climate. John M. DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and William H. Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, want to see more conservation of the planet's natural resources. When burned, many low-carbon biofuels have a much smaller impact on the atmosphere than fossil fuels. But the development or conversion of land for the production of biofuel crops can negatively impact the environment. "Current policies advancing bioenergy contribute to the pressure to convert natura...
Linus Torvalds: 'I'll never be cuddly but I can be more polite'

Linus Torvalds: 'I'll never be cuddly but I can be more polite'

Technology
Linux founder Linus Torvalds has told the BBC that he is seeking professional help to become more empathetic towards fellow developers, but admits he may have to "fake it until I make it".Mr Torvalds stepped back from his role heading the organisation, following accusations of bullying and rudeness.He admitted to bad behaviour but added that the Linux community also has to look at the way it conducts itself.He told the BBC parts of it had become "a morass of nastiness".Mr Torvalds developed the first version of the Linux operating system while studying at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1991.He has always had a reputation as someone who provides blunt feedback to engineers, with expletive-laden emails, once describing an I...