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Japan to pay $3.1 billion to relocate Okinawa Marines to Guam

The United States and Japan said Thursday Tokyo would pay a third of the cost of Washington pulling thousands of Marines out of Japan as it reduces its heavy military presence on Okinawa. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and…

Fracking wastewater contaminated Pennsylvania streambeds, study finds

A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in Jan., 2012. Bradford County is currently ground zero for fracking the Marcellus shale in the Northeastern United States. (Les Stone/Reuters) Despite being treated, wastewater……

Ocean acidification due to carbon emissions is at highest for 300 million years

Overfishing and pollution are part of the problem, scientists say, warning that mass extinction of species may be inevitable The oceans are more acidic now than they have been for at least 300m years, due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, and a mass extinction of key species…

42 dead after swarms of ‘killer hornets’ invade Chinese cities

Swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in northwestern China in recent months, state media said Thursday, as temperatures rise and development drives the stinging insects into cities. The terrifying attacks started in July, the official Xinhua news agency said Thursday, with 1,640 people having been stung. Of those, 206…

BP wins reprieve over compensation for oil spill

A U.S. court has given BP a boost in its fight to limit how much it must pay in compensation for the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. An appeals court in New Orleans ruled on Wednesday that payments to some companies with disputed loss claims arising…

Thousands march to mark anniversary of infamous Mexico City protest

Protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City, leaving dozens injured as thousands of people marched to mark the anniversary of the 1968 massacre of students. The Red Cross said at least 50 people were injured as a group of protesters threw rocks and firebombs at police who responded with…

Washington paralysis sends dollar to 8-month low

Washington’s budget paralysis and worries it will lock up talks on increasing the US debt ceiling sent the dollar to an eight-month low against the euro Wednesday. The second day of a government shutdown, because Democrats and Republicans have not agreed a budget for the fiscal year that began October…

Venezuela warns U.S.: We could throw all of your diplomats out

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the United States anew Wednesday, warning after he expelled three US diplomats in Caracas that the rest could be next. “First, I threw out their advance team working to destabilize the nation. Now if they push it with funny stuff, I will throw…

‘Exasperated’ Obama warns Wall Street over shutdown’s financial implications

US President Barack Obama sent Wall Street a blunt warning Wednesday that it should be very worried about a political crisis that has shut down the government and could trigger a US debt default. Obama said he was “exasperated” by the budget impasse in Congress, in an interview with CNBC…

Researchers: Brain inflammation ‘very common’ after intensive care treatment

Many people hospitalized in intensive care for conditions like a heart attack face lasting mental deficits similar to traumatic brain injury, US researchers said Wednesday, urging families to push for minimal sedation. The problem is “very common,” with a condition known as delirium affecting about three-quarters of those treated in…

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