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Large orange toxic cloud spreads over 5 towns after chemical blast in Spain

Spanish authorities ordered the residents of five northeastern towns to stay indoors for some two hours Thursday after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area.<p>A spokeswoman for Catalonia's regional firefighting department said the blast occurred when …

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing her six newborns

A woman who said she was too addicted to methamphetamine to raise more children pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage over a 10-year period.<p>Prosecutors say the plea deal means Megan Huntsman, 39, will likely spend the rest of …

Nicaragua's New Canal Could Be Environmental Disaster, Report Says

Scientists are warning that construction of a $50-billion interoceanic shipping canal through Nicaragua could spell an environmental disaster, threatening nearly two-dozen endangered species and jeopardizing Central America's largest source of drinking water.<p>An article published in the latest issue …

Environment

The southwest will be drier over the next century than any time in the past millennium

The driest part of the US may see more drought risk in the next century than it faced in the previous thousand years, according to a new report published today in <i>Science Advances</i>. Led by NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook, the team tracked three different drought indices for the American …

Climate Change

Funeral set for 3 killed near University of North Carolina

McCaul: White House not doing enough to save hostages

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul expressed concerns on Thursday the White House isn't doing enough to save hostages abroad.<p>McCaul, speaking on CNN's The Lead, declined to confirm a report from the Daily Beast that the White House had intelligence on U.S. …

The White House

US reportedly increases secret raids against Afghanistan insurgents

U.S. Special Forces soldiers and their Afghan allies have undertaken an increasing number of night raids targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, despite Washington formally declaring an end to combat operations late last year, according to a published report.<p>The New York Times reports that the …

Amazon is killing your mailman: Why its Sunday service is a labor travesty

<b>(AP/Reed Saxon)</b><p>The online retailer’s newest service has created an underclass of postal workers. I should know — I’m one of them<p>Paul Barbot<p>February 13, 2015 9:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><i>“Amazon.com, the e-commerce company based out of Seattle, Washington, has recently</i> …

Enterprise Tech

The real tragedy of the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the conflict began, America is still fighting brutal, indiscriminate wars under false pretenses<p>The 1960s -- that extraordinary decade -- is celebrating its 50th birthday one year at a time. Happy birthday, 1965! How, though, do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the era’s signature …

Here are the high-tech weapons Russia is buying with its record military budget

Military spending is set to rise by an astonishing 33% this year, according to the Associated Press. That follows double-digit percentage increases in previous years, and will make it Russia's highest defence budget ever, running to 4.2% of GDP, according to the Moscow Times.<p>What's it being spent …

Military

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School

News surrounding a confrontation in a Baltimore school is raising new questions about the role race plays in discipline for black girls. Baltimore television station WBAL has been reporting on an October incident that led to three students at the city's Vanguard Middle School being injured, and …

Women of Color

Even Saudi Arabia is shutting down its Yemen embassy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that Yemen is disintegrating after the country slipped further into chaos as the Houthi militia consolidated their grip on power.<p>"Yemen is collapsing before our eyes, we can't stand by and watch," Ban told the UN Security Council on Thursday. "We …