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Iowa’s mysterious ‘Project Catapult’ data center grows bigger

There’s something mysterious happening in Iowa—a massive data center is going up, thought to be the home of a next-generation facility from Apple, Google, or another major provider. The Planning and Zoning Commission of Altoona, a suburb of Des Moines, has approved a 25 percent bump in the proposed…  …

Watch: First glimpse of deadly sinkhole in Florida

Jeremy Bush, right, is consoled by an unidentified woman last month as he sits outside a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom, swallowing his brother, Jeffrey Bush, in Seffner, Fla. (Chris O’Meara/AP) Florida’s Hillsborough County has made public the first…  …

Researchers argue Britain now has seven distinct classes –including ‘new affluent workers’ and ‘precariats’

A new survey of 166,000 Britons found that instead of the three traditional classes – upper, middle, and working – that are prominent in shows like ‘Downton Abbey,’ shown at left, now there are seven distinct strata.(PBS/AP) Britain’s infamous class system has become…  …

British police treat attacks on goths as ‘hate crimes’

A British police force on Thursday began recording attacks on goths and punks as “hate crimes” similar to those suffered by people targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. Police in Manchester, northwest England, said the new policy would allow them to better protect goths, easily identified on…

Chechnya president: Skyscraper fire ‘God’s will’

Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov sought to play down a massive fire that raged at a showcase complex symbolising the mainly Muslim Russian region’s recovery from war, putting the incident down to God’s will. The fire took place at a complex of seven skyscrapers in the centre of Grozny where Kremlin…

China reports tenth case of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese authorities on Thursday reported a man in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the tenth human case of the disease which has claimed three lives. The 64-year-old from Huzhou city was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being ill…

NATO air strike kills Afghan police and civilians

A NATO air strike killed four Afghan police and two civilians on Thursday, Afghan officials said. A spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Kabul told AFP that the military was checking the information. The attack happened after Taliban insurgents attacked a local police post in eastern Ghazni province before…

U.S. data point to soft March jobs report

Disappointing economic data raised concerns that Friday’s labor report will come in worse than expected, despite the Federal Reserve’s supersized stimulus. Private sector hiring cooled in March as the federal government launched $85 billion in “sequester” spending cuts over the next seven months in the face of congressional budget gridlock.…

Celtics beat Pistons to seal playoff berth

Jeff Green’s game-high 34 points included a key three-pointer that helped Boston hold on for a 98-93 victory over Detroit Pistons that secured the Celtics’ NBA playoff berth. Green made 13-of-19 shots from the field, including three three-pointers. The victory, coupled with the Philadelphia 76ers’ 88-83 loss to Charlotte, ensured…

Argentina in mourning as floods kill 54

Argentina’s government declared three days of national mourning from Wednesday after massive flooding killed 54 people in Buenos Aires and the nearby university city of La Plata. At least 46 people died as flood waters hit La Plata about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, following historic rains…

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