Maria Herrera

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Thousands still stranded on Atlanta highways after snow catches South unprepared

Thousands of drivers were hopelessly stuck for a second day Wednesday, many without food and water, on paralyzed interstates around Atlanta after a winter storm appeared to take the city by surprise.<p>State and local authorities had no estimate for how many people were stuck, but they said jackknifed …

No end in sight for Lebanon polarisation | Israel

The news was daunting and threatened to further enlarge the gulf that separated various communities in this small but increasingly fragile country. On Saturday January 25, "Al-Nusrah Front in Lebanon" issued a warning to Sunnis to avoid Hezbollah-dominated areas, ostensibly to protect them from …

U.S. Journalist Booted From Russia

Obama urges stronger action on Guantanamo Bay

President Barack Obama has said politicians in the US need to go further after Congress relaxed some restrictions on transferring detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign governments.<p>After signing the National Defence Authorisation Act for the US 2014 federal …

Flesh-eating fish attack swimmers in Argentine river; 70 injured

A school of carnivorous fish attacked hundreds of Argentines cooling off in a river near the city of Rosario, sending at least 70 to local clinics and emergency rooms for treatment.<p>The attack by palometas, a type of piranha, occurred as city dwellers attempted to escape the 100-degree heat of …

South America

Obese, but starving: Girl, 12, denied weight-loss surgery for rare illness

Surgery to remove a brain tumor two years ago has left a 12-year-old Texas girl with a heartbreaking condition that makes her gain massive amounts of weight — even though her body thinks it’s starving.<p>Doctors say a gastric bypass operation is the only thing that can help Alexis Shapiro, who is …

Weight Loss

Devyani Khobragade row: India targets US nationals

<b>India is checking the tax status of Americans working at schools in the country, after the arrest this month of an Indian diplomat in New York.</b><p>Devyani Khobragade was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody.<p>Her detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked …

Associated Press News

Argentina: 'state of emergency' declared as power and water supplies fail during heatwave

Officials in Buenos Aires have declared a state of emergency during a heatwave where temperatures are averaging 36 degrees Celsius.<p>Power cuts and water shortages are affecting hundreds of families throughout Argentina, causing the hospitalisation of some frailer residents.<p>Three people have …

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

<b>Listen · 6:29</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families — some poor, some middle class, some rich — during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound …

Most vulnerable retirees struggling to survive

It isn't the retirement George Warren dreamed of.<p>Confined to a wheelchair and living on disability payments after losing his job, Warren, 63, figures he would be homeless in old age if not for a senior housing program offered by Catholic Charities of Maryland.<p>"I had plans, but life had other plans …

Brazilian Tenharim tribe returns to Amazon reserve

<b>Some 150 indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon region have returned to their reserve, several days after seeking refuge in a nearby military base.</b><p>Members of the Tenharim tribe fled their lands on Christmas Day, after riots in the nearby town of Humaita.<p>Local groups accused the tribe of abducting …

Bangladesh factory owner denies murder charges after fire killed 112 workers

The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where 112 workers died in a fire is wanted on murder charges, it’s emerged.<p>A court issued an arrest warrant for Delwar Hossain – who denies the charges – his wife and 11 employees of Tazreen Fashions.<p>The fire, which happened on the outskirts of the capital …

Chinese doctor faces death penalty for stealing babies

Zhang Shuxia pleads guilty to stealing seven babies from patients and selling them to traffickers, though locals say only a fraction of her crimes have been investigated<p>A Chinese obstetrician faces the death penalty after admitting that she stole seven babies from her patients<p>In a case that has …

Florida's mangrove forests expand north with climate change

Fewer deep freezes, attributable to Earth's warming climate, have caused mangrove forests to expand northward in Florida over the past three decades, new research suggests.<p>"Mangroves showed the largest increases in regions where cold snaps became less frequent over the past 30 years," study …

Climate Change

Father who killed children hangs himself in French prison before trial

A Briton who confessed to the gruesome murder of his two young children, when involved in an acrimonious custody battle with his French ex-wife, has hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial in Lyon.<p>Julian Stevenson was arrested in May after slitting the throats of his son Matthew, 10, and …

Dubai Sets A World Record With The World's Largest Fireworks Display On New Year's Eve

It's another feather in Dubai's hat: The city appears to have broken the record for the largest fireworks display of all time this New Year's Eve. Guinness World Record adjudicators were on hand to record the attempt.<p>The pyrotechnic feat included more than 500,000 fireworks and took six minutes to …

Doctors, hospitals expect some confusion as Obamacare plans start | Reuters

(Reuters) - Hospitals and medical practices across the United States braced for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law took effect on Wednesday.<p>A woman fills out her thoughts on the Affordable Care Act at the White House Youth …

Japan's homeless are being recruited to clean up the radioactive debris at Fukushima

Cleaning up radioactive waste in Fukushima may be one of the worst jobs in Japan. Clean-up of the site has fallen behind schedule and finding workers has been a challenge. Now it turns out, the homeless are among those being recruited for the job.<p>Antoni Slodkowski, one of the reporters who …

Indonesian police kill six suspected militants in shoot-out

Indonesia's counter-terrorism unit involved in gun battle with suspected militants on New Year's Eve, killing six and arresting another<p>Indonesian police shot dead six suspected terrorists and arrested another in a New Year's Eve raid near the capital that broke out into an hours-long gun battle, …

Budget agreement reached

Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a two-year budget agreement late Tuesday night that they say will end years of bitter budget wars on Capitol Hill.<p>The framework amounts to a modest deal that averts another government shutdown, replaces the sequester and provides a level of certainty on …

China to ease one-child policy

China takes a new step to loosen its one-child policy, allowing millions more parents to have two children<p><b>China</b> has taken a new step to loosen its one-child policy, in a move that will allow millions more parents to have a second child if they wish to.<p>In the first comprehensive set of reforms under …

Are there really 100,000 new Christian martyrs every year?

<b>It's often claimed that 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their religion. Earlier this year, the Vatican called it a credible number. But is it?</b><p>Gunmen on motorcycles kill three people when they open fire on a wedding outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. A twin-suicide …

Hurricane Sandy's Toll On Health

By: Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 10/29/2013 07:16 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The unprecedented nature of Hurricane Sandy -- which struck the U.S. East Coast one year ago this week -- had a significant health and psychological impact on people in the region that continues today, experts …

Hunter's Blaze Launched California Wildfire