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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015

Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966.<p>His symptoms began about 35 years later: Fever. Headaches. Poor appetite. Feelings of faintness. For no obvious reason, his kidneys were severely damaged, to the point that doctors said he …

US drone strike kills 10 in Pakistan, Islamabad intelligence officials say

At least 10 people were killed in a U.S. missile strike targeting a militant compound Thursday in Pakistan near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said.<p>Top government officials told Reuters that Islamabad had given the U.S. "express approval" for the strikes -- the first time …

Obama: Iraq needs U.S., international help as ISIS threatens to seize more cities

As radical Islamist militants surged through Iraq -- and threatened its capital -- U.S. President Barack Obama conceded the turbulent situation demanded significant assistance immediately and over the long-term for the Baghdad-based central government.<p>"It's going to need more help from us, and it's …

Back to Iraq: What can -- and should -- the U.S. do now?

For better or worse, Iraq and the United States have been attached at the hip for decades.<p>From the 1991 Gulf War to the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein to subsequent years marred by violence and instability, there's no doubting the deep connection between the two nations. That's largely …

California declares whooping cough epidemic

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state's public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.<p>The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases …

Mom: 3-year-old forced to urinate in seat on plane

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman says she was nearly kicked off a flight after her 3-year-old was forced to urinate in her seat.<p>Jennifer Deveraux …

Victoria Wilcher, 3-Year-Old Mauled By Pit Bulls, Allegedly Told To Leave Restaurant (UPDATE)

A 3-year-old girl recovering from a severe pit bull attack was allegedly asked to leave a Jackson, Mississippi KFC because her face was scaring customers.<p>Victoria Wilcher's family was outraged by the alleged incident and took to Facebook to share their mistreatment.<p>"Does this face look scary to …

World Naked Bike Ride Is Exactly What It Sounds Like (And It's Awesome)

Thousands of bikers took to the streets this weekend to ride their bikes in the buff, as part of the annual World Naked Bike Ride event.<p>The …

England Is Suffering a World Cup Cocaine Shortage

We spoke to some dealers who aren't happy at all.<p><i>Photo by Giorgi Nieberidze</i><p>If there's one thing English people love more than cocaine, it's football. However, fans up and down the country might have a tough time getting a buzz on during the World Cup, due to an unprecedented coke drought. …

Does a Parent’s Pot Use Endanger Kids?

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.<p>And police officers in New Jersey visit a …

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Iraq forces suffer new setback as US reportedly prepares to open Iran dialogue

Sunni militants captured a town in the northwest of Iraq Monday as the Obama administration reportedly prepared to open a dialogue with Iran on how the insurgents can be countered.<p>The mayor of the town of Tal Afar told the Associated Press that his town, approximately 260 miles northwest of …

MH370: How long will the search continue?

When authorities confirmed last month that four "pings" heard in the southern Indian Ocean had nothing to do with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it was a devastating blow for those involved in the investigation, the families of those on board the missing jet, and the countless number of people …

California wildfire threatens 1,000 more homes near Sequoia National Park | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire that has already destroyed three structures and blackened some three square miles of forest land near Sequoia National Park was threatening 1,000 more homes on Monday, officials said.<p>More than 1,100 firefighters were battling the so-called Shirley Fire, …

Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use | Reuters

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases.<p>A marijuana plant is seen at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable<p>…

Twin Tornadoes Pummel Northeast Nebraska, Killing One

A small town was devastated Monday afternoon when two tornadoes touched down simultaneously in northeast Nebraska, killing one person, critically injuring at least 16 more people and sending rescue crews scrambling to dig for others who might be buried under the rubble.<p>At least one of the tornadoes …

Weather

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President<p>ObamanotifiedCongresson Monday that he was sending up to 275U.S. militarypersonnel “to provide support and security for U.S. personnel andthe U.S. Embassyin Baghdad.”<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to Iraq to …

Middle East

Tornado slams Nebraska town killing 5-year-old, injuring 19

Residents of the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger were set to begin a massive cleanup operation Tuesday after a deadly tornado swept through the area, killing a 5-year-old and a motorist and injuring 19 others, while demolishing more than half the town's structures.<p>The National Weather Service …

Used Sea Ray Yachts for Sale - Sea Ray MLS

SEA RAY YACHTS BY MODEL<p>PRODUCTION YEARS<p>LOA<p>BEAM<p>DRAFT<p>2013 - Current<p>34' 6"<p>10' 6"<p>3' 0"<p>1992 - 1994<p>35' 4"<p>11' 5"<p>3' 1"<p>1990 - 1995<p>36' 10"<p>12' 4"<p>2' 5"<p>1990 - …

Costa Rica Luxury Yachting Guide

Lying at the heart of Central America, Costa Rica stretches from the crystalline shore of the Caribbean to the balmy Pacific, and is composed of lush …

YACHT OF THE WEEK: The $37 Million 'Apostrophe' Is Overflowing With Art Deco Style

Apostrophe has five staterooms, with classy Art-Deco-inspired furnishings and accommodations for ten guests plus six crew members.<p>When you're not lounging on luxurious couches inside, you can sip champagne by the pool or do some water sports off the back.<p>It's also a finalist for the ShowBoats …

Art Deco

Paul Nicklen: Swimming With Monsters

An assignment that calls for photographing surfers—from underwater—demands that a few survival techniques are learned first. After all, thousands of people, even experienced surfers, have drowned in the pounding surf of Hawaii’s coastline.<p>As an experienced ice diver with hundreds of immersions in …

[Hands-On] The Air Dock Wireless Car Charger Might Get Everything Right

As even a brief survey of the world could tell you, we live in the future. As such, isn't it about time to stop plugging wires into all your devices? …