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February 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Flappy Bird" will not be available for download after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen said Saturday in a surprising series of tweets. The game has recently risen to the top of charts of both the Apple App Store and Google Play . Users tap their smartphone screen to propel a bird through a series of gaps between green tubes, which look like the ones in the popular Mario Nintendo video games. If a user hits a tube, his character dies. The point of the game is to get the highest possible score, but "Flappy Bird" is notorious for its extreme level of difficulty.
February 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
North America's tallest bird, with a population of about 600, has lost three adults to gunfire in recent months, which "senselessly" undercuts plans to breed a thriving population of the radiant white whooping crane, wildlife authorities say. Decades of research and millions of dollars have been spent by government and private organizations to revive the species, whose population shrank to 23 in 1954, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flappy Bird is incredibly simple, incredibly frustrating and incredibly addictive to play. And it's raking in an incredible $50,000 in revenue daily. Created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird has been one of the most popular games and apps for both the iPhone and Android devices over the last month. The game is free to download and only requires that users tap the screen to play. The main character is a round, yellow bird who must avoid hitting green pipes as it flies.
February 5, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Chinese health authorities have identified a brand-new type of bird flu that killed an elderly woman in November and infected at least one other person in January. That trend prompted the experts to call for stepped-up surveillance to track the new H10N8 influenza virus in poultry markets and in human patients. “The pandemic potential of this novel virus should not be underestimated,” the medical team wrote in a report published Wednesday by the journal Lancet. Genetic analysis of the H10N8 influenza virus revealed that it has two mutations that make flu viruses more virulent in mammals, according to the Lancet report.
February 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Richard Sherman was pretty much all anyone could talk about following the NFC championship game two weeks ago. That's because the Seattle cornerback stole the show with his postgame rant to Fox reporter Erin Andrews after the Seahawks' victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman was interviewed by NFL Network's Michael Irvin following the Seahawks' 43-8 triumph Sunday over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. This time, Sherman had the show stolen from him, as his interview was relegated to a small box in the bottom right corner of the viewers' TVs while the rest of the screen showed the on-field celebration still taking place at MetLife Stadium.
January 30, 2014 | By David Horsey
When John McCain gets censured by members of his own party - McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who has one of the most conservative voting records in the Senate - it is clear that the biggest problem facing Republicans is the looniness in their own ranks. Largely a rural, Southern, aging white people's party, the GOP faces a big demographic challenge down the road, but this year the party has a clear shot at winning control of the Senate by gaining at least six seats. The liveliest Senate races are expected to be in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Kentucky.
January 30, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Migrating birds probably did it. That's what UC Davis epidemiology professor Janet Foley says after DNA detective work confirmed that a disease-carrying tick only found in the southeastern United States has colonized a federally endangered  rodent population in an extremely isolated patch of Mojave Desert wetlands. DNA sequencing also shows that the relic population of Amargosa voles near Tecopa, Calif., just east of Death Valley National Park, and the tick that scientists know as Ixodes minor also share Borrelia burgdorferi ,  the tick-borne bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even when you're slinging angry birds across the screen of your smartphone, the National Security Agency may be tracking your information, Monday reports said. The New York Times , the Guardian and Pro Publica have revealed documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that say the government agency and Britain's Government Communications used data from numerous smartphone apps to track users' locations, age, sex and other personal information. This initiative is referred to as "the mobile surge" in some of the documents . The surveillance tapped apps of popular services like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter for user information such as address books, buddy lists and phone logs.
January 24, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
January 17, 2014 | By Richard Simon
In Long Hill Township, N.J., authorities have used just about everything - divers, K-9 units, helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and scores of volunteers on horseback and on foot - to search for David Bird. The Wall Street Journal reporter, 55, who covers energy markets, hasn't been seen since Jan. 11, when he left home for a short walk. He was wearing a red jacket, bluejeans and sneakers, and left without his cellphone or his medication, which he is required to take twice a day. "This has really got everybody very concerned,: said the Rev. Victoria McGrath of All Saints Episcopal Church, where a prayer vigil for Bird earlier this week ended with the crowd singing, "He's got David Bird in his hands.
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