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A staple of summer—swarms of bugs—seems to be a thing of the past. And that has got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer—native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies—appear to be less abundant.

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A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

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In recent weeks it has become clear that President Donald Trump wants to meet with Kim Jong Un again, and the North Korean leader has told the White House he would like more face-to-face talks with the American president.

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Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge.

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In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away.

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Russia and China intend to regularly conduct joint war games similar to the massive ones being held this week, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday.

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South Africa’s already high murder rate has increased by about 7 percent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a “war zone.”

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The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years—evidence that employers are remaining confident.

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A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.

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Investigators said they have found 166 skulls in clandestine burial pits in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, one of the biggest mass graves discovered so far in Mexico.

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In the United States, people who feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 news cycle significantly outnumber those who are comfortable with it. According to a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly “seven-in-ten Americans (68%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, compared with only three-in-ten who say they like the amount of news they get.”

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Scientists for the first time have used CRISPR gene editing to halt the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a large mammal, according to a study by UT Southwestern that provides a strong indication that a lifesaving treatment may be in the pipeline.

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A more hands-off parenting trend has emerged in response to years of society favoring a micromanaging “helicopter” approach. Here’s what fathers and mothers need to know to strike a healthy balance.

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The United States reached a preliminary deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Yet it raised vital questions: Can Canada, the third member country in NAFTA and America’s No. 2 trading partner, be coaxed or coerced into a new pact? Or will it be left out altogether?

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Air pollution shortens human lives by more than a year, according to a new study from a team of environmental engineers and public health researchers. On the other hand, better air quality could lead to a significant extension of lifespans around the world.

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Wildfires on the West Coast are growing worse. The reason for this trend is more than a century in the making.

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Today, the number of countries involved in “violent conflicts” is the highest in 30 years, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on July 17, 2018. He also stated that the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005 and that the number of “violent situations” classifiable as wars, based on the number of casualties, has tripled since 2007.

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Political and ideological stances in the U.S. are more entrenched than ever before. How long can the nation survive if most everyone is unwilling to listen to opposing voices?

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A global biodiversity collapse is imminent unless concerted action to reverse species loss in the tropics occurs, according to a major scientific study in the journal Nature.

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Even as a young adult, being overweight may cause higher blood pressure and thicken heart muscle, setting the stage for heart disease later in life, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

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The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover after bleaching events, cyclones or pest outbreaks, according to a report published in Science Advances on July 18.

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