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Feds: still hope for El Nino drenching Southern California

Even though Southern California hasn’t gotten the drought-busting rainy windfall some might have expected from El Nino, federal scientists hold out hope for the next several weeks. Central and Northern California have gotten more heavy rain, especially in recent weeks. Southern California hasn’t quite been so soaked. But National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say their turn may still yet come.

Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia

People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday, briefly plunging cities into darkness and startling wildlife. The rare astronomical phenomenon was witnessed along a narrow path that stretched across 12 Indonesian provinces encompassing three time zones and about 40 million people.

Slovenia awaits birth of new generation of ‘baby dragons’

Scientists in the Central European country have proudly announced that a female olm – a Gollum-like, lizard-sized amphibian living in an aquarium in the country’s biggest cave – has laid eggs. They have described it as the first example of observed out-of-lab breeding of the species.

‘Clash Of Clans’ maker see strong sales and profit

The maker of the “Clash of Clans” mobile game, Supercell, says its pre-tax profit last year grew more than 60 percent to 838 million euros ($964m) while revenue surged a third to 2.1 billion euros.

French court upholds Uber geolocalization, in blow to law

France’s top administrative court has upheld the right of car services like Uber to use geolocalization for potential customers, dealing a blow to a law pushed by taxi drivers who say the app-based ride-hailing company is competing unfairly.

Cleveland clinic says first uterus transplant in US fails

The nation’s first uterus transplant has failed, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday, saying doctors had removed the organ. A 26-year-old woman received the transplant on Feb. 24 and seemed to be doing well, even appearing briefly at a news conference on Monday with her surgeons.