Modern languages throw curve balls at National Spelling Bee

Don’t know how to spell ­clafouti? Don’t feel bad. Nearly 1 in 5 words misspelled … Read more

EPA plans to change how it counts deaths from pollution

New method would help justify rolling back climate change rules

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the future … Read more

U.S. birthrate hits new low

Oregon births per capital falls below national rate

The United States is confronted by its lowest number of births in 32 years, according … Read more

New liver transplant rules begin amid a fight over fairness

WASHINGTON — Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York … Read more

No evidence that stem cell treatments work

A surgeon recommended a hip replacement, but Kenneth Cevoli said no thanks. “They’re really quick … Read more

Want your kids to eat quinoa or lentils? Tell them this

Researchers say telling children about the benefits of eating certain foods — such as how big and strong they can become — works

Popeye was right when he sang “I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me … Read more

Obesity epidemic: Now seen as a rural problem

As the rate of obesity around the world has climbed steadily for decades, public health … Read more

U.S. pregnancy deaths are up, and over half are preventable

Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the United States, and the main risk factor is being … Read more

Microchip factory in Bend to stay open under new owner

SiCamore Semi foresees $25 million annual business

A microchip factory in Bend that faced closure will stay open under a new owner, … Read more

U.N.: Humans accelerating extinction of other species

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human … Read more

Chinese fossil sheds light on mysterious Neanderthal kin

NEW YORK — Nearly 40 years after it was found by a monk in a … Read more

Melting snow may have caused earthquakes in California

New research unveiled recently links a series of California earthquakes to heavy snowmelt during a … Read more

Food poisoning remains problem despite warnings, report finds

The CDC found yearly rates of food poisoning hold steady

NEW YORK — As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and … Read more

Artificial intelligence gets tasked with inventing a playable sport

Basketball began with a peach basket and a soccer ball on a court in Springfield, … Read more

Researchers home in on the risk factors of postpartum depression

After Ann’s daughter was born, the infant cried a lot because of acid reflux. “When … Read more

Kratom: To opioid users, it’s a miracle; to the FDA, a menace

The steep rise in the number of people suffering opioid addiction has helped spawn the … Read more

Two-wave flu season now the longest in a decade

NEW YORK — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short … Read more

Pig brain study opens a gap between life and death — and an ethics riddle

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers … Read more

Smart meters coming to Bend April 29

Pacific Power will replace 76,000 meters in Central Oregon

In a little more than 10 days, Pacific Power representatives will swarm through town to … Read more

Diabetes drug may slow, prevent kidney disease

A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now … Read more

Filipinos plan more diggings where possible new human species found

MANILA, Philippines — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human … Read more

Trumpeter swans making a North American comeback

Bev Kingdon rattles off the names of trumpeter swans and their personalities as if describing … Read more

Man who broke the single-game ‘Jeopardy!’ record has secret weapon

The 34-year-old from Naperville, Illinois, says he hasn’t studied anything extensively, except for the lyrics … Read more

Companies reinvent plastic recycling

Plastic recycling is evolving. The next step will be more like reincarnation. At least 60 … Read more

Glaciers shrinking faster than thought

WASHINGTON — Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows … Read more

Expected soon: First-ever photo of a black hole

Ridley Scott, eat your heart out. Like terrified moviegoers seated on the edges of their … Read more

GPS faces it’s own Y2K … on April 6?

Most people of a certain age remember the Y2K problem that worried computer programmers worldwide … Read more

Bed rest study will help astronauts on future missions

This may sound like a joke about a lazy person’s dream job: Earn big money … Read more

Ahhh, the aroma of Vicks VapoRub

For many, especially in the Latino community, the smell is nostalgic

They call it Bibaporru, Beep Vaporu, El Bic, El Bix, El Vickisito. And many think … Read more

Transplants from those with HIV begin in U.S.

Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from … Read more

Site reveals day meteor hit Earth and, maybe, wiped out dinosaurs

Sixty-six million years ago, a giant meteor slammed into Earth off the coast of modern-day … Read more

Dogs keep leaping over a bridge, into a Scottish gorge

DUMBARTON, Scotland — “I was sure she was dead,” Lottie Mackinnon said quietly. Mackinnon was … Read more

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