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Hurricane Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of raw sewage into East Coast waterways

Scientists say waste-treatment plants must follow subways and power stations in being protected against climate change Hurricane Sandy dumped about 11bn gallons of raw and untreated sewage into waterways from Washington DC to Connecticut, the science journalism group Climate Central said on Tuesday. That’s or enough human waste to cover…

Zimmerman waives ‘stand your ground’ defense in pre-trial hearing

Defendant in Trayvon Martin shooting case makes defence gamble ahead of June trial on second-degree murder charges George Zimmerman told a judge on Tuesday that he “freely and voluntarily” waived his right to seek immunity from prosecution for the murder of Trayvon Martin under Florida’s controversial stand-your-ground law. The decision…

Gun nights for ladies spring up at shooting ranges around the country

Proudly brandishing a target she had riddled with bullets, 62-year-old Sharon Schaefer could not hide her delight at joining America’s growing number of gun-toting women. “It was fun!” she exclaimed breathlessly, much to the approval of her instructor Teresa Ovalle. “You did a good job, Sharon,” said the former Marine,…

Physicists announce breakthrough in quest to answer dark matter questions

Physicists announced a breakthrough Tuesday in their quest to answer one of science’s great questions: do the same laws of gravity apply to antimatter — the obscure counterpart of matter as we know it? Though antimatter is thought to have existed in equal quantities to matter at the moment of…

Obama defends FBI actions on Boston bombing suspect

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the FBI from suggestions it might have prevented the Boston marathon bombing by acting on warnings about one of the suspects. Russia had advised US authorities about ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 and the possibility he was slipping into the grips of hardline…

Collins hopes other gay professional athletes will come out

Basketball center Jason Collins said in an interview broadcast Tuesday he’s never been happier after his ground-breaking announcement that he is gay, and hopes other pro athletes will now come out, too. Collins told ABC television that coming out lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and that he had…

Researchers to recreate world’s first website after 20 years

The world’s first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today’s Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of the Web, organisers said on Tuesday. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating the website that launched that…

French presidential wines to be auctioned off

Wines from the French presidential cellar will be auctioned off in Paris next month with 1,200 bottles on offer, auctioneers Drouot said on Tuesday. The estimated value of the various wines up for auction ranges from a modest 15 euros to 2,200 euros ($2,800) for a Petrus 1990, Drouot said…

Is coastal elitism behind the rise of redneck TV?

How entertaining is it really to watch Southerners tackle alligators, catch critters with their bare hands, hunt ducks, and ride four-wheelers around in the mud? According to the Nielsen TV ratings, very entertaining. As the popular “Duck Dynasty” (A&E) wrapped…  …

Plants help curb global warming by releasing particles that reflect sunlight back into space: study

It’s well known that plants can help mitigate global warming, by absorbing carbon dioxide and trapping it, via…  …

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