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Study of Siberian cave reveals permafrost could thaw within decades

Areas of permafrost could start to thaw within decades, freeing long-stored greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, according to a study released on Wednesday that measured ancient stalagmites in a Siberian cave. Continuous permafrost — land that is frozen all year round — starts to thaw when temperatures rise around 1.5…

Frace faces unseasonal storms and weather havoc

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday. Flights into Paris were disrupted as the French capital sweltered in conditions more akin to Hong Kong at this time of year…

Steve King: Secret income is ‘part of freedom’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday told a tea party rally that the Internal Revenue Service should be abolished because keeping income secret from the federal government was “part of freedom.” “You know, the IRS audited me one too many years in a row,” King explained at a Tea Party…

LGBT groups slam immigration bill for boosting border security

A group of LGBT advocacy organizations blasted lawmakers in a joint statement to The Raw Story on Wednesday for considering emphasizing increased security along the border between the U.S. and Mexico a pre-requisite to speeding the citizenship process for undocumented immigrants already in the country. “The Senate bill already contains…

Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old girl walks free after mistrial

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press. Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a…

China begins exporting ‘Yunnan Red’ wine to Europe

For years the Chinese have been buying up wine from Europe, but with domestic wine production predicted to overtake Australia and Chile by next year, Tiana Wu is hoping European drinkers are ready to be tempted by a glass of her “Yunnan Red”. “We produce one million cases per year.…

Texas pastor: Donate to fix my helicopter and get a new car from God

A Texas pastor is being accused of “blasphemy” after he sent out a fundraising plea promising that God would give a new car in “52 days or 52 weeks” to anyone who chipped in $52 to fix his helicopter. “Do you need better transportation?” New Light Church Bishop Ira V.…

Jawbone fitness wristband teams up with nonprofit to promote healthy children’s lifestyles

Fitness wristband maker Jawbone on Tuesday teamed with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote healthier lifestyles in children. Jawbone introduced an orange edition of its UP band, with $20 of price to be routed to the Alliance, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation…

Plans for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebration move forward

Nelson Mandela’s foundation has vowed to press ahead with upcoming 95th birthday celebrations, as the global peace icon underwent a 12th day in hospital Wednesday for a recurring lung infection. On his July 18 birthday, various charity organisations and businesses will paint schools, hand out food parcels and books, and…

Three Dutch farmworkers die after falling into manure silo

Three farmworkers died on Wednesday after falling into a manure silo in the northern Netherlands, with a survivor flown to hospital in a critical condition, police said. “Three men died and a fourth has been taken to hospital in a critical condition,” police spokesman Paul Heidanus told AFP of the…

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