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Mountain lion in California tree ‘rescued’ by firefighters

Image copyright California Department of Fish and Wildlife Image caption The cougar was resting on a branch about 50ft (15m) above the ground A very large cat has been rescued from a tree near a property in California after the homeowner saw it while working in the garden, officials say. US firefighters arrived at the property in San Bernardino after the mountain lion – or cougar – was spotted perched on a branch about 50ft (15m) high. The area was then secured and the animal was tranquilised and lowered to…

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University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

(Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running rivalry between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University that also holds patents on CRISPR. Patent rights to CRISPR could eventually be worth billions…

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University of California to be granted CRISPR patent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.     The decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running dispute between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard that also holds patents on CRISPR.     Patent rights to CRISPR…

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French foie gras makers fed up by toughened California ban

MONTAUT, France (Reuters) – French producers of foie gras, the rich liver delicacy made from force-feeding grain to ducks or geese, have denounced a ban on the product in California, saying they make the creamy paté humanely, following all the rules. California has formally blocked the sale and production of foie gras (literally “fat liver”) since 2012. That ban has now been reinforced after the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear an appeal brought by farmers and chefs. Violators will be fined up to $1,000 if caught selling…

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California lets self-driving startup Zoox offer autonomous rides

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Self-driving car startup Zoox Inc has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in which self-driving cars will transport members of the public, marking a step forward in the development of fully autonomous urban transportation options. The ability to test cars with members of the public allows self-driving companies to…

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Yemeni mum arrives in US to visit dying son in California

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ali Hassan has been at his son’s bedside The Yemeni mother of a toddler dying in the US has arrived in California to visit him after the Trump administration relaxed its travel ban. Shaima Swileh, who currently lives in Egypt, was initially prevented from entering America. Her son, two-year-old Abdullah Hassan, was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive. Abdullah’s father, Ali Hassan, 22, has said the visit will allow the couple to “mourn with dignity”. The Department of State…

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Yemeni mum granted visa to visit dying son in California

Image copyright CBS Image caption The boy cannot survive for much longer, and must urgently see his mother, the family say The Yemeni mother of a dying toddler in California has been granted a waiver to travel to the US to visit her son, officials say. Shaima Swileh, who currently lives in Egypt, was prevented initially from entering the US due to the Trump administration’s travel ban. Her son, two-year-old Abdullah Hassan, was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive. The government had faced mounting…

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US ‘bans Yemen mum from visiting dying toddler in California’

Image copyright CBS Image caption The boy cannot survive for much longer, and must urgently see his mother, the family say The Yemeni mother of a dying boy in California is being prevented from seeing him due to a US ban on visitors from her country, the family says. Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive. His relatives say his mother wants to see him one last time before they take him off life-support. His father says the boy’s mother cannot…

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California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent

Image copyright Alameda County Sheriff Image caption The 29-year-old man was said to have been physically exhausted when he was rescued A man has been rescued after spending two days trapped in a grease vent at a vacant Chinese restaurant in California, police say. Emergency crews responded to reports of “a faint voice calling for help” from the building in the San Francisco area. The man was said to have been exhausted and suffering from dehydration, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Police say he may have…

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California fire conspiracies a hit on YouTube

Image copyright EPA Conspiracy videos suggesting that the California wildfires were lit by government laser beams have clocked up millions of views on YouTube. News site Motherboard found conspiracy theories and fake news topped search results and suggestions, when looking for clips of the California wildfires. It said YouTube had “not adequately stopped these conspiracy theories from blossoming on its platform”. YouTube said it has made a long-term commitment to tackle misinformation. At least 80 people have died in the fires which swept across the state of California in November.…

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