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Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

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Rebels Storm Key Border Crossing Between Syria And Israel

The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights, which has long been monitored by United Nations peacekeeping forces.

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Big brown bats like this one are relatively common in urban areas, sometimes roosting in buildings. Contrary to popular belief, bats rarely carry rabies and are not rodents. They belong to the order <em>Chiroptera</em>, which means "hand-wing."

Night Of The Cemetery Bats

I've visited St. Louis' Bellefontaine cemetery before, but never at night.

It's really dark. The looming trees are black against the sky, where a half-moon is just barely visible behind some clouds.

I can see eerie lights and strange, shadowy figures moving among the gravestones.

Security Vs. Censorship: India Blocks Film On Assassination

A new film projects a decidedly different perspective about one the most convulsive episodes in India's modern age.

"Kaum De Heere," or "Diamonds of the Community," looks at the 1984 assassination of Indira Gandhi-- thru the lens of her assassins.

With complaints that it eulogizes her killers, producer Satish Katya acknowledged, "It has a human angle. It's about their personal lives. Why did they suddenly commit this act?" he says.

Market Basket Workers Win Return Of Supermarket's Former President

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Homer thinks he is a god in the episode of "The Simpsons" set in Bangalore.

Homer Simpson's Visit To Bangalore Makes Us Go 'D'Oh!'

Some of us here at Goats and Soda were pretty excited when the cable channel FXX said it was going to run every Simpsons episode ever, 24/7 for 12 days. We are a global blog, and The Simpsons is a global show, airing in at least nine other countries.

What really caught our eye was an episode scheduled to air tomorrow, at 4 a.m., in which the Simpsons visit Bangalore, India.

Scanning electron micrograph shows Ebola virus (red) on the surface of a kidney cell from an African green monkey.

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test

An Ebola vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is going to get a try in healthy people starting next week.

The number of Ebola cases and deaths continue to climb in Western Africa, underscoring the need for a vaccine to protect people from infection. There's no such vaccine now.

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Researchers raised two groups of walking, air-breathing <em>Polypterus senegalus</em> — one on land and one on the water. They discovered that each group was able to adapt to be best suited to its environment.

Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins

Scientists examining an unusual African fish that can walk and breathe air think they've learned a thing or two about how our distant ancestors made the leap from the oceans to terra firma some 400 million years ago.

Fatal Shooting At Firing Range Sparks Debate About Safety

A 9-year-old girl in Arizona on Monday accidentally killed her firing-range instructor when she lost control of an Uzi submachine gun.

The news has ignited a debate in the country about access to guns and the wisdom of state law and parents who allow children to shoot them. It also brought up a host of questions. We've answered three of the main ones below:

Is it common for kids to shoot guns at ranges?