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More than 30 dead, hundreds infected by plague outbreak in Madagascar

<b>Johannesburg (CNN) —</b> An unusually widespread outbreak of the plague is menacing Madagascar.<p>At least 33 people have died and more than 200 have been infected with plague across the country, according to the World Health Organization.<p>Plague is endemic to the country, but "contrary to past outbreaks, …

Disease

North Korea fires another missile over Japan, triggering warnings and condemnation

SEOUL — North Korea fired another missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday morning, just a day after Pyongyang said that Japan "should be sunken into the sea" with a nuclear bomb and that the United States should be "beaten to death" with a stick "fit for a rabid dog."<p>This …

North Korea

Nearly 60 wounded in Guinea Ebola riots, local government says

At least 55 hurt after clashes between protesters and security forces in Guinea's second-largest city - at the epicentre of West African Ebola outbreak<p>Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the West African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, …

Sweden discovers suspected case of Ebola, official says

The individual is only suspected of having the Ebola virus and is being held in isolation<p>A suspected case of the Ebola virus has been discovered in the Swedish capital Stockholm, a local official told AFP on Sunday.<p>"So far it's just a suspected case," the official said, without giving more …

Southwest’s Risk of 35-Year ‘Megadrought’ Raised in New Study

The U.S. Southwest faces a strong chance of a 35-year “megadrought” in this century, according to a new study that used paleoclimate and instrumental data to tweak climate models.<p>The research, led by Toby Ault, a Cornell University assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, found that …

Climate Change

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find …

The Mysterious Fungus Infecting the American Southwest

Valley fever has been around for more than 100 years, and disproportionately affects poor farmworkers. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness, and doctors don't know why.<p>Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, …

Meat-eating continues despite Ebola scare

Emory hospital isolation ward staff more than ready for Ebola patients

There is no cure for the<p>Ebola virusravaging West Africa, and it kills most of those it infects. But when Bruce Ribner got the call that two Americans stricken with Ebola were headed to his hospital, he did not hesitate.<p>"I said, 'Hey, we've been practicing for this for 12 years,'" he said.<p>Ribner is …

Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.<p>Tammy Reynolds, the …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

Osama Bin Laden Honored With Library at Pakistan School

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A seminary run by a fiery Muslim cleric has named a library after Osama bin Laden.<p>Abdul Qadir, a spokesman for Maulana Abdul Aziz, confirmed that the all-girls madrassa in Pakistan's capital had recognized the slain al Qaeda leader "in honor of his martyrdom."<p>Bin Laden was …

Pakistan