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Outbreak of 'nightmare bacteria' in Illinois stirs worry

The largest outbreak to date of one strain of what authorities have called "nightmare bacteria" is adding to concerns about the spread of such drug-resistant bugs.<p>The outbreak, centered on a hospital in a Chicago suburb, has infected 44 people in Illinois over the past year, the Centers for Disease …

Father of slain girl forgives Colorado shooter. Is that helpful?

[<i>Updated 6 p.m. ET, Jan. 2</i>] When Michael Davis spoke at his daughter Claire’s memorial service Wednesday about forgiving Karl Pierson – the boy who …

Snowstorm gone, 'polar vortex' brings deep, deep chill to US

ATLANTA<p>With winter storm Hercules all cleared out – the storm left 16 dead, creating deep drifts across northern reaches of the country – a …

Is Iran the United States' new best friend in the Middle East?

<b>A daily update on terrorism and security issues</b><p>Iran denounced the US suggestion that it play a role on the sidelines of the second United Nations …

Legal marijuana in Colorado: Was rollout a success?

Pot shops could sell legal marijuana for recreational use in Colorado as of Jan. 1. After one week, the rollout has been as smooth as could have been …

Typhoon Haiyan: is it the biggest storm ever?

<b>What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?</b><p>The name: in the Atlantic and the eastern Pacific Ocean, they are hurricanes. In the north-western Pacific Ocean they are known as typhoons.<p><b>How big is Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda)</b><p>Bigger than hurricane Camille, which hit the US in 1969, …

Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm

Once feared as the Black Death – the rodent-borne disease that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages – bubonic plague has killed 20 villagers in Madagascar in one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent years, health experts have confirmed.<p>The confirmation that bubonic …

Snowstorm brings Jerusalem to a grinding halt

Hundreds of people housed in makeshift shelter after 50cm snowfall strands scores of vehicles on city highways.<p>A snowstorm of rare intensity has blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads.<p>Israeli authorities …

Madagascar battles locust swarms to save rice and maize crops

A pair of farmers in Madagascar are struggling to drive off hundreds of thousands of locusts heading for their rice plantation, equipped with no more than a branch and a plastic bag. "It's the third time in a month that these bugs have come near here and I'm terrified we may lose everything," says …

Kerry to push for solutions as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks intensify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks …

Massive Radiation Hurtling Toward Us, But Not to Worry

<i>Gina Sunseri reports:</i><p>Just as we Earthlings were trying to adjust to the polar vortex, now comes a CME from the Sun.<p>Massive radiation is now hurtling …

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Floods leave 50,000 Brazilians homeless

Torrential rains in southeastern Brazil has left 32 people dead in two states.<p>The death toll from two weeks of floods and mudslides amid torrential rain in two states in southeastern Brazil has risen to 32, officials said.<p>The civil defence department of Minas Gerais state said on its website on …