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Florida politicians urge use of GM mosquitoes to fight Zika

Intrexon Corp said on Wednesday a bipartisan coalition of Florida politicians had urged the U.S. government to step up efforts to fight Zika, including sanctioning the emergency use of the company's genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Ferguson, Missouri, protest leader found shot dead in burning car

Missouri detectives have not determined a motive or identified any witnesses in an investigation into the death of a man who led protests in the city of Ferguson following the fatal 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a law enforcement officer, police said on Wednesday.

New York to probe Mylan EpiPen contracts for schools

NEW YORK — New York has opened a probe into whether Mylan Pharmaceuticals broke antitrust law in writing contracts to provide EpiPens to some schools systems, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ex-Stanford swimmer registers as sex offender

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has registered as a sex offender in his home state of Ohio, following his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015 and public outrage over his six-month jail sentence.

Freaking out about Zika virus? West Nile is the real killer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Nile virus landed in the United States in the summer of 1999, arriving in New York City possibly in the blood of a sick bird on a ship or via an infected mosquito on a plane. Soon it had afflicted people in Queens with brain inflammation and killed birds at the Bronx Zoo.

Trump says interest rates must change as Fed weighs rate hike

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has previously accused the Federal Reserve of keeping interest rates low to help President Barack Obama, said on Monday that the U.S. central bank has created a “false economy” and that interest rates should change.

Hermine spares much of East Coast but dampens holiday

NEW YORK — Hermine, a storm that raked Florida with hurricane-force winds last week, drifted far off the East Coast on Monday, sparing the Middle Atlantic states but forcing some beach closures.

Hermine strengthens off North Carolina en route to Middle Atlantic

WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK — A powerful Atlantic storm strengthened on Saturday afternoon after passing over North Carolina’s Outer Banks en route to the U.S. Middle Atlantic coast, where it was expected to spoil the holiday weekend with high winds, soaking rains and surging seas.

Oklahoma rocked by one of its strongest earthquakes

PAWNEE, Okla. — One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled the area northwest of Pawnee on Saturday, fueling growing concern about seismic activity linked to energy production, a federal agency said.

FDA halts sale of some antibacterial hand, body wash products

UNITED STATES — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday banned some over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body wash products, saying they are no more effective than soap and water and could cause long-term harm.

White nationalists use Twitter with ‘relative impunity’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — White nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers located mostly in the United States use Twitter with “relative impunity” and often have far more followers than militant Islamists, a study being released on Thursday found.

Astronauts perform 7-hour spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two U.S. astronauts sailed through a seven-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Thursday to pack up a spare cooling radiator and tackle other maintenance, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

Pena Nieto says Mexico won’t pay for wall

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday he told Donald Trump that Mexico will not pay for the Republican presidential candidate’s proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, contradicting Trump’s assertion they didn’t discuss payment.

U.S. grants Havana routes to 8 airlines

The U.S. government on Wednesday granted eight U.S. airlines permission to begin scheduled commercial flights to Havana starting as early as this fall, with American Airlines Group Inc being awarded 35 direct flights a week.