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'Termite menace': Hybrid swarm of destructive species set to invade Florida

- The Washington Times

It's not hurricanes and high water that is threatening Florida. It's termites. Two of the most destructive species of the termite kingdom are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida - and scientists are worried. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite clans are about to meet, mate and produce an unprecedented number of feisty hybrid offspring - hundreds of thousands of alates, or winged males and females.

**FILE** A polar bear patrols the ice in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. His 2004 observation of polar bears likely drowning in conjunction with global warming has come back to haunt federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett. (Associated Press)

Alarmism cools: Only 32 percent of Americans still worry about global warming, Gallup says

- The Washington Times

Less than a third of Americans are now concerned about global warming and climate change: 32 percent fret about those environmental factors says the annual Gallup Environmental survey, released Wednesday. Naturally, there's a partisan divide: 13 percent of Republicans are concerned about global warming and climate problems, compared to 52 percent of Democrats.

Voters head to the polls at Benton Harbor High School on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Benton Harbor, Mich.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)

Americans define perfect presidential candidate: 'Someone willing to change Barack Obama's policies'

- The Washington Times

"If you could create the perfect candidate to succeed Barack Obama as president, what would their background be and what would they think?" asks CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta, who has a new survey that reveals this: "Most Americans say they would like a candidate who's a seasoned political leader, someone with an executive background, and someone who’s willing to change Barack Obama's policies."

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Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee: 'Americans deserve better'

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and has done so with typical big city flair. "I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity," Mr. Trump said in a a statement released Wednesday.

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McCaul warns of cyber outlaws: Digital frontier 'like the Wild West'

- The Washington Times

A Texas Republican offers a dire description: "As I speak, government computer systems are being hacked, proprietary data is being stolen from American companies, and the computers of private citizens are being compromised. And most of it is being done with impunity. Criminals, hacktivists, terrorists, and nation-states have managed to exploit our networks by staying at the cutting edge of technology. In the meantime, our defenses have lagged behind," Rep. Mike McCaul told an audience at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Life there, once upon a time? NASA scientists say a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean. (NASA/GSFC)

Library of Congress explores the implications of 'selfhood' and extraterrestrial life

- The Washington Times

Space, the final frontier for academia? On Wednesday and Thursday, the Library of Congress will focus on revelations in astrobiology, and there's a big title: "Astrobiology and the Religious Imagination: Reexamining Notions of Creation, Humanity, Selfhood, and the Cosmos." For the uninitiated, astrobiology is a multi-disciplinary field which deals in extraterrestrial matters, asking "How does life begin and evolve? Is there life beyond Earth and, if so, how can we detect it? What is the future of life on Earth and in the universe?"

Veteran broadcaster Larry King will be feted at the Newseum for a career that has spanned decades. (Image courtesy of Larry King)

Larry King's secret of success: 'Just a regular guy' who asks one-sentence questions

- The Washington Times

For a man who has interviewed seven presidents and 50,000 assorted luminaries over a career spanning decades, Larry King has a simple rule for success. "What I do, I've been doing for 58 years. I'm not doing anything differently now than I did in 1957 when I started. I take my curiosity - and I make a living with it," Mr. King said in an interview with The Washington Times.

Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Paying attention: 65 percent of Americans 'closely' following Hillary's email controversy

- The Washington Times

It's not the vast right wing conspiracy ramping up rumors and hearsay into a perfect storm of lousy press for Hillary Clinton. Americans themselves are tracking the unfolding controversy over Mrs. Clinton's use of private emails during her time as Secretary of State: 65 percent say they are "closely" following the story; 78 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Democrats agree, says a new YouGov poll:

** FILE ** Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton (Associated Press)

John Bolton back in action, endorsing three 'national security' candidates

- The Washington Times

The man who endorsed 87 "national security" candidates and donated close to $500,000 during the 2014 midterms is back in action. Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton announced Thursday that he was backing Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana in his gubernatorial quest in the state; Rep. Ron DeSantis, the incumbent Congressman from Florida's 6th district, and Dr. Paul Chabot, candidate for Congress in California's 31st district.

Just-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the production line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Billionaires? The world has 1,826 of them - and 541 live in America

- The Washington Times

There’s lots of billionaires out there — 1,826, to be exact, according to recent painstaking research of Forbes magazine. Mote than a third prefer the urbane and urban life, and the Big Apple is the town of choice. The publication says that with 78 resident billionaires, New York City has the largest uber-rich population on the planet. But wait, there’s more.

A before and after facelift on a 67-year-old man. (ASAPS photo)

'Dramatic' increase: Plastic surgery for men up by 43 percent as they compete in the job market

- The Washington Times

The vanity business appears is flourishing. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery announced Thursday that Americans spent over $12 billion on assorted procedures in 2014. One sector is on the increase. "More men are turning to aesthetic cosmetic procedures, with dramatic increases seen in both surgical and nonsurgical options over the past 5 years and a 43 percent increase overall," the organization stated.

This July 1, 1952 file photo provided by CBS shows TV Washington newsman Walter Cronkite. (Photo: Associated Press)

Half of American voters say TV news 'less trustworthy' now than in Walter Cronkite's era

- The Washington Times

Viewers appear wary of TV news: almost half of American voters — 48 percent — say network TV news is "less trustworthy than in the days of Walter Cronkite," according to a new poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University. More than half of Republicans — 56 percent — agree, along with 52 percent of independents and 36 percent of Democrats. Another 35 percent overall say TV news is about as trustworthy as it was back in the Cronkite era, when news was read without much embellishment. Twenty eight percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats agree.