Japanese scientists have genetically engineered a chrysanthemum flower that is "true blue" — a color that has long eluded flower breeders and researchers.

Blue has proved a challenge to produce in many other popular flowers, including roses, carnations and lilies.

Suspicious that a package shipped from Hong Kong might contain smuggled animals, U.S. agents who opened the package found three live king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip cans. The man who was to receive the package outside Los Angeles has been arrested on federal charges.

Rodrigo Franco, 34, could face 20 years in prison on a charge of illegally importing merchandise, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. officials accuse him of violating the Endangered Species Act and falsifying records.

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

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In the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections, Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is worried about another kind of virus.

"The last thing anybody wants to happen in their organization is have all their heart monitors disabled or all of their IV pumps that provide medication to a patient disabled," Meadows says.

'Neglected Tropical Disease' Is Striking In Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka celebrated its eradication of malaria last year. But now the country faces another mosquito-borne illness: dengue fever. It's also sometimes known as "breakbone fever" because of the severe pain it can cause.

A dengue outbreak has left some Sri Lankan hospitals so full that they're turning away patients, says Gerhard Tauscher, an operations manager with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He's based in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

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For most of the 1990s, Adrian "Stretch" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia hosted a famous weekly hip-hop radio show on Columbia University's campus radio station, WKCR. Their no-frills, four-hour show was broadcast during the wee hours of the morning — 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday mornings — on a low-strength signal that listeners had to be deliberate about searching out.

Missouri already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Now it's looking to place new requirements on the procedure, including having doctors meet with women seeking abortions before formal consent can be given and requiring the health department to hold unannounced annual inspections of abortion clinics.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET

A senior FBI official said Wednesday the nation is "under relentless assault" from foreign adversaries, as the Senate Judiciary Committee continued its probe into Russia's interference with last year's presidential election.

Bill Priestap, assistant director of counterintelligence at the FBI, painted a bleak picture of efforts — both overt and covert — by foreign government agents inside the U.S. "Our economy, our national security and our way of life are being actively threatened by state actors and their proxies," he said.

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, he wrote:

"Dear Dickie," the woman wrote on thin parchment paper. "Here I am, so please don't scold me ..."

The Jan. 2, 1947, letter had made its journey from Honolulu to Kobe, Japan, courtesy of a 5-cent airmail stamp — evidence of an overseas courtship between two young people. She began with an apology for not writing sooner but quickly eased into flirting and teasing, anticipating the day when they would see each other again.

France is asking European neighbors to help it fight fast-growing wildfires that have consumed thousands of acres of forest near the Mediterranean coast, forcing tourists to leave an area that is normally packed with visitors in the summer.

Several large fires have struck near the French Riviera this week, in resort areas near Saint-Tropez and also on the island of Corsica. Their rapid growth is being blamed on dry and windy conditions and plentiful fuel.

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Music Without Borders with Joel Cohen 07/17/2017

Jul 17, 2017

10:06AM-10:10AM (4:31) Ralph Towner “Pilgrim” composed by Ralph Towner from My Foolish Heart (2017) on ecm New

10:12AM-10:15AM (3:00) Judith Farmer & Nic Gerpe “Flurry” composed by Gernot Wolfgang from Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through on Albany Records

Friday July 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific daylight time on Politics: A Love Story, Bob Bushansky interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and current president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank. They discuss a study that Holtz-Eakin oversaw during his CBO tenure from 2003 to 2005 that concluded that tax cuts to stimulate the economy usually do not pay for themselves and actually lose the economy 50-70 cents for each dollar cut.

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

In the wake of the California Legislature’s passage of its massive transportation funding bill, CalTrans has decided to immediately expedite some of the money to 13 projects statewide.

One of those projects will be here in Mendocino County, as the agency plans to pave four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

According to Caltrans District One representative Phil Frisbie, the $3 million project — which will span from mile markers 25 to 29 — is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

In the wake of the California Legislature’s passage of its massive transportation funding bill, CalTrans has decided to immediately expedite some of the money to 13 projects statewide.

One of those projects will be here in Mendocino County, as the agency plans to pave four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

According to Caltrans District One representative Phil Frisbie, the $3 million project — which will span from mile markers 25 to 29 — is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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