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Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln | Reuters

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.<p>A woman walks around debris after Hurricane Gonzalo passed through the Royal Naval …

Serial killing victim lived in fear: 'Too scared to do anything'

Kristine Williams knew how she would die, according to her family.<p>Last winter, Williams was talking by phone to her mother-in-law and her sister and, in both calls, she mentioned a pimp she feared.<p>"She said [the pimp] took her to an abandoned house and there was a dead body inside," her …

Gary killings put spotlight on abandoned buildings

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The two-bedroom home in Gary's Bungalow Heights area went up in the Roaring '20s, when the Indiana steel town was thriving and …

Jodi Arias Trial Unexpectedly Halted

PHOENIX -- The Jodi Arias penalty retrial was halted for unexplained reasons Thursday afternoon.<p>"Ladies and gentleman, we do not need you for the rest of the afternoon," Judge Sherry Stephens told jurors after the afternoon recess.<p>After a sidebar conversation with lawyers, Stephens explained, "The …

Sixty more women and girls reported kidnapped in Nigeria

Sixty women and girls have been kidnapped from two towns in north-east Nigeria, according to reports, dealing a fresh blow to government claims of a truce with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.<p>Residents of the town of Wagga told Agence France-Presse that suspected Islamist gunmen had gone …

EU agrees deal to slash emissions, boost renewables

EU President Herman Van Rompuy said early on Friday that leaders had set a new target for 2030, significantly reducing the levels of greenhouse gases …

Energy Efficiency

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.<p>But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how …

Sickly reefs smell bad to baby coral and fish - Futurity

Damaged coral reefs give off chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from moving into the neighborhood.

Granada's street art

Granada is a paradoxical city where grit and grandiosity often sit side by side. Most people come here to see the Alhambra, but the city also hides a surrealistic street art scene. Drawing on cultural traditions first fostered by Andalucían poet, Federico Lorca, and abstract expressionist painter, …

Why The Obama Administration Wants This Journalist In Jail

At a time when journalists' roles in covering different, critical conflict zones have been under the microscope, renewed attention has come to the case involving James Risen. He is the New York Times journalist who has been fighting efforts by two different Departments of Justice — under Presidents …

Will Burger King get burned by Canada move?

Burger King is ruling a larger fast-food kingdom — and having to defend its move on social media.<p>The U.S.-based restaurant chain made it official Tuesday announcing that it agreed to merge with the Canada-based Tim Hortons restaurant chain. The deal, valued at about $11 billion, will create the …

Dear Kate Ad Features Female Tech Entrepreneurs, Not Models

Underwear line Dear Kate is peddling its bras and undies on the basis of being smarter than your average set, and now it's taking the message full circle by swapping out traditional models for women from the tech set. Recently released ads for a new collection include start-up founders and …

Released U.S. hostage says overwhelmed by welcome home | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday.<p>Peter Theo Curtis, an American writer released this week after nearly two …

Parents File Concussion Lawsuit Against FIFA, U.S. Soccer and Youth Soccer

A group of American parents filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against six national and international soccer organizations they claim have …

Child firing Uzi at Ariz. shooting range accidentally kills instructor, police say

A shooting instructor is dead, the victim of a gun-range accident. A 9-year-old girl is surely traumatized. And plenty of people, including many gun enthusiasts, are asking: Why give a child a submachine gun to shoot?<p>The deadly incident occurred Monday morning at a gun range in Arizona that caters …

Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting

The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven weeks of catastrophic loss of life and destruction, but on terms which are likely to leave many on both sides of the conflict wondering what was achieved.<p>Hamas and …

At Michael Brown's funeral, a call for social change - CNN.com

<b>St. Louis (CNN)</b> -- The funeral of slain Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown was a celebration of his life, a search for meaning in his death and a battle cry to change policing in America.<p>The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered one of two eulogies during the service Monday, and he had sharp words for …

Officer Wilson supporters: Government and media choosing sides in Ferguson

<b>(CNN)</b> – The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday drew thousands, including celebrities, civil rights leaders, and a White House delegation.<p>But for those seeking justice for the officer who killed Brown, the service was seen as another example of how the government and media are unfairly …

1,400 Are Dead From Ebola and We Need Help, Says Doctors Without Borders President

Entire families are being wiped out. Health workers are dying by the dozens. The Ebola outbreak raging in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has …

Response to West Africa Ebola Epidemic Remains Dangerously Inadequate

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that the largest-recorded Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic is an “international health …

Volunteers flock to Napa to lend quake victims a helping hand

They came in a flurry of orange, descending on this quake-ravaged neighborhood with brooms, shovels and dozens of hands.<p>Then they formed a human chain in Lori Lemieux' frontyard, passing the crumbled bricks of her home's fallen chimney into a waiting truck bed.<p>The retired clerical supervisor …

At least five dead in South Korea flash floods

<b>Flash floods brought on by heavy rain in southern South Korea have killed at least five people, officials say.</b><p>One person was killed and four others are missing after a bus was swept away by floods near the southern city of Changwon, Yonhap news agency reported.<p>In Busan, South Korea's second-largest …