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Lava Flow Spares Family Headstone in Hawaii

As Aiko Sato placed flowers at her family's headstone last week, she thought it could be the last time she would see it. Slow-moving lava was inching closer to the Japanese Cemetery in Pahoa, Hawaii, and officials had allowed her the opportunity to visit. But after lava flowed over the cemetery, …

Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths: Miami Herald

(Reuters) - The secretary of Florida’s prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state during recent years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.<p>Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews dismissed 32 guards …

Rescue mission unlikely after US says Isis siege of stranded Yazidis over

The Obama administration has ruled out for now a risky US military mission to rescue thousands of Iraqis stranded on a northern Iraqi mountain, declaring a siege by Islamist extremists to be over.<p>After a small complement of special forces and US aid workers landed on Mount Sinjar to assess the …

Meet The Guy Who Made ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Go Viral

By now, you’ve probably seen at least a handful of your Facebook friends risk humiliation and hypothermia by dumping ice on their heads in the name of ALS.<p>Within just a few weeks, the grassroots "ice bucket challenge" reached Mark Zuckerberg, who naturally challenged Bill Gates to do it next. The …

The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

Drive more than 500 miles on two gallons of fuel<p>For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close …

Fuel Efficiency

Israel announces seven-hour 'humanitarian truce' in Gaza

As Israel pulls back ground forces almost a month in to bloody conflict in Gaza, military call brief ceasefire in areas other than around southern city of Rafah<p>Israel will hold its fire in most of the Gaza Strip for a seven-hour "humanitarian window" on Monday, the military said, four weeks into …

400 trucks burn on Afghan roads

More than 400 trucks carrying fuel and oil were burning on roads west of Kabul, Afghanistan, police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanekzai said Saturday.<p>Emergency crews tried to contain the damage, he said.<p>Residents and local news reporters posted images online of a line of red fire and burning trucks on …

Associated Press News

Report: IRS scam sweeps nation

Halah Touryalai, a Forbes staff writer, got a call and a threat from what she thought was an Internal Revenue Service agent: You owe $5,000. Pay up now, or we’ll arrest you.<p>She froze.<p>“For the next five or so minutes, I listened in absolute panic,” Touryalai wrote in an op-ed describing the incident.<p>…

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