The oil and gas industry, which stands to benefit from the creation of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, gave about $45,000 on average to the 270 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of the controversial project, according to an analysis by MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that focuses on the influence of money on politics. The bill to approve the Keystone pipeline was passed by both chambers of Congress, but President Barack Obama has indicated he would veto the legislation.

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Dozens of protesters and officers have been injured in clashes in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. People erected barricades next to a police station that was hijacked by armed men on July 17 and which is still under their control.

People have been throwing stones at police, while law enforcement officials lobbed stun grenades in exchange to subdue the crowd.

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If Silver Spring Township officials and a local real estate developer didn’t know that an old stone house on Route 11 is the reputed birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights before they started demolition there last week, they definitely know now.

On Jan. 6, workers began demolishing a two-story stone house at 7086 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township that most recently was the site of Stone House Auto Sales.

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Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero after an attack on a French train, has been stabbed in Sacramento, California.
He was attacked while defending a friend, an Air Force official told the BBC. A hospital official says his condition is “serious”.

Police say two men attacked Mr Stone in the early hours of Thursday morning. One man stabbed him before fleeing.
Ken Bernard of the Sacramento police said that the incident is not related to the train attack.

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Archaeologists on a dig in Kenya made an unexpected discovery – 3.3-million-year-old stone tools that could disprove the theory that the Homo genus was the first to use such tools. The makers of the tools remain a mystery.

The findings have been published in the journal Nature by a group of scientists, including Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis of Stony Brook University in New York. The paper lists 149 stone artifacts, which were discovered west of Lake Turkana in a remote region in northern Kenya.

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