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Fresh crews, light winds help fight Texas wildfires

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – More than a thousand firefighters, aided by lighter winds, on Saturday began to beat back raging wildfires that have scorched Texas for the past six days torching 1,600 homes and killing four people. “We’ve had quite a bit of success today,” Bill Paxton of the Texas…

Japan to mark six months since March earthquake

Ceremonies to mourn the dead and rallies against nuclear power were scheduled to take place across Japan on Sunday as the nation marks six months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Silent prayers are to be offered at 2:46 pm, the moment the quake struck six months ago triggering…

U.S. endures hottest summer since 1936

Skeptics of climate change will have to deal with more evidence contrasting their disbelief. The U.S. has experienced its hottest summer in 75 years, according to USA Today and the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. This latest summer season, with an average temperature of 74.5 degrees, has also been recorded…

Philippines urged to free giant crocodile

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people. The monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) male saltwater crocodile was placed in a penned pond after it was caught in a remote southern creek on…

Tiger kills her mate in deadly love triangle

By Patricia Giovine EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – A female tiger has killed her mate at a West Texas zoo, authorities said on Friday, in a rare attack that came after months of simmering jealousy in a feline love triangle. Three-year-old Malayan tiger Seri killed 6-year-old Wzui at about 4…

PEW study urges Canada to suspend Arctic oil exploration

An environmental group urged Canada Friday to suspend oil exploration in the Arctic, warning that otherwise it risks an environmental disaster worse than the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The PEW environmental group said in a report that it does not necessarily oppose developing the oil and gas…

Early tool-maker fossil should ‘rewrite’ history: study

She swung in the trees like a chimp but had long dexterous fingers for tool-making and hybrid feet for walking upright, a major study Thursday on the ancient hominid Australopithecus sediba suggested. Until now, the first tool-maker was widely believed to be Homo habilis, based on a set of 21…

NASA to launch twin Moon-orbiting spacecraft

(UPDATED BELOW) NASA is to launch Thursday a $500 million pair of unmanned spacecraft that will chase each other around the Moon as they use gravity tools to map its inner core for the first time. Scientists hope the satellites will help solve mysteries about how the Moon formed, how…

Weight Watchers works, study finds

Adults referred to the commercial weight loss programme Weight Watchers shed twice as much weight as people who received standard care over a 12-month period, according to a study published Thursday. In clinical trials, researchers led by Susan Jebb of the UK Medical Research Council assessed 772 overweight and obese…

BP finds more oil in US Gulf of Mexico field

British oil giant BP announced Wednesday a major oil find in the US Gulf of Mexico that it said underscores the development potential of the region. An appraisal well drilled in an untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field found “a significant resource extension” for the Mad Dog Field…

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