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California wildfire dies down as police hold 3 in custody

Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks, while police held three men in custody after they allegedly started the blaze.<p>The fire swept …

Amsterdam community project pays alcoholics with beer to clean streets

A group of alcoholics has been hired to clean the streets of Amsterdam.<p>In return for a day’s work, they’re paid 10 euros, one hot meal, half a packet of cigarettes and five cans of beer.<p>Many of the men have lost careers and marriages to alcohol addiction and are happy to find some companionship and …

Winter Smog Shrouds Beijing

Pollution in Beijing spiked to the highest levels in roughly a year Thursday, marking winter’s first wave of extremely dangerous air quality, the …

Florida Voters May Decide On Medical Marijuana In 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot.<p>Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have …

Cannabis

War on smoking: More diseases linked to cigarettes

WASHINGTON — It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms — even as the government struggles to get more people to …

Public Health

Ohio executes inmate using untried, untested lethal injection method

Condemned killer gasped and snorted during execution State says McGuire took 25 minutes to die after injection<p>A death row inmate who was executed by the state of Ohio on Thursday with an untried and untested combination of two medical drugs appeared to gasp and snort in a procedure that took an …

UN report urges action over rising CO2

<b>The level of greenhouse gases is rising rapidly and far greater global efforts are needed to tackle the issue, a leaked UN report has warned.</b><p>The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says hugely expensive technology will be needed if the current situation continues.<p>It says CO2 …

Climate Change

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US Army colonel: world is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis

Senior figures from industry, military and politics explore risks of financial chaos, oil depletion and climate catastrophe<p>A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an …

Study: Heavy Drinking Is Toxic To The Brains Of Men, But Not Those Of Women

One of the largest studies ever conducted on the long-term effects of alcohol consumption suggests that heavy drinking is linked to significant cognitive decline in middle-aged men. The brains of women, however, seem to be protected against this toxic effect for reasons that aren’t clear.<p>Cognitive …

NSA gathers 200 million text messages daily, Snowden leak says

The National Security Agency collects nearly 200 million text messages per day from around the world as part of a program code named Dishfire, according to a new report based on data leaked by Edward Snowden.<p>The NSA gathers text messages with Dishfire to collect all kinds of information, including …

Australians flee deadly wildfire so fierce 'it is creating own weather'

More than 100 fires blaze across south-east Australia, as record-breaking heatwave draws to a close<p>A massive wildfire spanning 21,000 hectares is burning out of control across south-east Australia and is so fierce it is “creating its own weather”, including self-generated lightning and spot …

Weather

Cartels and Vigilantes Clash in Mexico: Photographs by Jerome Sessini

Jan. 11, 2014. A gunman working for the Knights Templar cartel shot dead by vigilantes in the town of Ant�nez, Michoac�n<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Jerome …

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Deadly security incident at Air Force base under investigation<p>Newborn reunited with parents after being taken by Native American tribe<p>Serial bombing …

West Virginia puzzled, outraged over chemical leak

Few people in West<p>Virginiahad any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant.<p>Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted regular inspections of those tanks, even though they …