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How climate disasters can drive violent conflict around the world

It’s increasingly clear that the consequences of climate change won’t stop at just heat waves and sea-level rise. Scientists expect numerous social issues to arise around the world as well, such as food shortages, decreased water quality and forced migrations. And many experts now believe that violence, war and other forms of human conflict may be driven or worsened by the effects of climate change.

Fossilized bird feet raise Eocene Epoch mystery

Prehistoric creatures aren’t exactly renowned for their table manners. Most dinosaurs, for example, were incapable of chewing and had to swallow their food whole. But some ancient eaters were messier than others. And in southwestern Germany, something especially sloppy left severed bird feet strewn about a dense fossil boneyard.

Moody earns scholarship

VAN ALSTYNE - Bryce Moody, a 2016 Van Alstyne High School graduate, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Sister Grove chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Marni Nixon, uncredited star of Hollywood musicals, dies at 86 (+video)

Marni Nixon, who anonymously provided the singing voice for three of the best-loved heroines in Hollywood musicals, dubbing Deborah Kerr as Anna in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood as Maria in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” died July 24 in New York City. She was 86.

The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level — look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

N.Y.’s Metrograph makes moviegoing cool again

NEW YORK — Four months ago the two-screen Metrograph cinema, my new favorite place to watch a movie outside Illinois but still inside these 50 nifty United States, opened next door to a Chinese funeral home on a quiet spot near the corner of Ludlow and Canal streets on the Lower East Side.

2 Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, a record in Eastern Hemisphere and maybe the world (+video)

The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt, who broke the news.