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Texas is fracked: More than 30 towns will soon be out of water

Natural gas is claimed to promise cleaner, more efficient combustion than its petroleum-based competition, but getting natural gas out of the ground through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be far more environmentally menacing than getting oil. Now…  …

Lies, misinformation and silence: Mayflower, Arkansas residents look back on Pegasus Pipeline spill

The spill occurred when the Pegasus pipeline ruptured, dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude into a residential neighborhood. ;  …

Al-Qaeda ‘targeting European rail network’: report

Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe’s high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources. The extremist group could plant explosives on trains and tunnels or sabotage tracks and electrical cabling, said Bild, Europe’s most widely read daily. Bild said the information came from the…

Ohio man finds 300 pound load of marijuana stashed in gun safe he bought on the Internet

By George Tanber TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) – A man in western Ohio found nearly 300 pounds of marijuana stuffed into a Mexican-made gun-storage safe that he recently purchased on the Internet, authorities revealed on Sunday. The 1,000-pound steel safe, ordered from Champion Safe Co. of Provo, Utah, was made in…

Give Filner the hook: Recall campaign begins against San Diego mayor over sexual harassment allegations

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A campaign seeking to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has resisted mounting pressure to resign over sexual harassment allegations, shifted into high hear on Sunday as organizers began collecting signatures for a petition demanding his ouster. Recall proponents will need to amass at least…

‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan on the series’ end: ‘There will be blood’

Why viewers still identify with Walter White, his plans for a Saul Goodman spin-off – and why it’s time to end the hit series now. By John Plunkett It was described by one television executive as the worst idea for a show he had ever heard. Now Breaking Bad, the…

Germany will be first European country to recognize babies as gender ‘undetermined’ come November

From 1 November babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining characteristics will be able to be registered Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births, according to a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.…

Bipartisan calls to cut off Egyptian aid emerge after military crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead. Senator John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate…

Police say man caught downloading child porn on his phone while being interviewed by police

Perhaps, when one is being interviewed by police about the thousands of child pornography images police appear to have discovered on one’s computer, it is advisable to turn off your phone. A public defender entered Walter Louis Gafvert III’s not guilty plea to the felony count of possessing child pornography…

Poachers can’t get this one: Black rhino baby born in Atlanta zoo

By Noreen O’Donnell (Reuters) – An eastern black rhinoceros has been born at Atlanta’s zoo for the first time in the facility’s history, spurring hopes of renewed interest in the fate of the critically endangered animal. The calf, which was born on Saturday night, appears to be healthy and bonding…

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