China Dominates Top Western Economies in Patent Applications

GENEVA —  The U.N.’s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe. The World Intellectual Property Organization says innovators worldwide filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3 percent from a …

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UK Government Made No Analysis of Brexit’s Economic Impact

LONDON —  The U.K. official shepherding Britain’s departure from the European Union acknowledged Wednesday that the government has made no formal assessments of the economic impact of leaving the 28-nation bloc. Brexit Secretary David Davis told a parliamentary committee Wednesday that the nation should be prepared for a profound shift …

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Patients from mysterious Cuba attack seem to have brain abnormalities, doctors say – National

Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was …

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Russian Lawmakers Vote to Bar Access to VOA, RFE/RL Journalists

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Wednesday to bar access to journalists from VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The decision by the State Duma comes a day after the Russian justice ministry designated nine media outlets funded by the U.S. government as “foreign agents.” Tuesday’s designation forces the U.S. …

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Winds Churn California Wildfires, Keep Aircraft From Helping

VENTURA, CALIF. —  The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult. The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to taming and containing wildfires have been mostly grounded because it’s too dangerous to fly them in the strong wind. Tuesday …

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