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FAA tells Colorado residents not to shoot at drones or risk fines, jail

The Federal Aviation Administration responded negatively on Friday to a proposal by the Colorado town of Deer Tail to license hunters to shoot down drones. In a statement, it warned that anyone shooting at either a manner or unmanned aircraft “could result in criminal or civil liability,” according to the…

Southern California wildfires grows large enough to create its own dangerous weather conditions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters raced on Friday to buttress defensive lines against a fierce blaze roaring for a fifth day near the scenic mountain resort of Idyllwild in Southern California, as forecast thunderstorms threatened to hamper efforts to subdue the flames. The so-called Mountain Fire has already burned across…

Grandson, 31, of homeowner arrested after elderly men released from capitivity in a Houston garage

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The grandson of the owner of a home where four elderly men were found living in squalor after being reported as potential captives was arrested and charged with elder abuse, police said on Saturday. Three of the men found at the home in north Houston on Friday…

War-torn, stateless area of Nagorny Karabakh reinvents self as a tourist hub

Sniper fire, minefields, ghost towns: perched perilously on the verge of conflict, the disputed Armenian-controlled Azerbaijani region of Nagorny Karabakh may not sound the ideal holiday destination. Now, though, a growing number of foreign tourists are heading to the breakaway territory — which is not recognised by any state —…

Japan wins rights to drill on Pacific floor for rare minerals used in consumer electronics

Japan on Saturday said it had won the rights to explore for cobalt-rich crusts in the Pacific, a move that could reduce its dependence on China for rare metals. A government press release said the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had approved Japan’s plan to probe a 3,000-square-kilometre area beneath international…

Thousands join in rallies across the country for Trayvon Martin in wake of Obama’s speech

Civil rights groups mobilized for protests in cities across the United States on Saturday amid charged emotions over the not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The demonstrations, which began in Miami, come a day after President Barack Obama publicly identified with the slain 17-year-old…

6 Indian men get life in prison for rape, robbery of Swiss tourist

Six men accused in the gang-rape and robbery of a 39-year-old Swiss woman cyclist holidaying in India were sentenced to life terms Saturday by a court in central India. “All the accused have been convicted and we are satisfied with the judgement,” said the public prosecutor in the case, Rajendra…

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China: Xinhua

A 61-year-old woman from northern China was confirmed Saturday as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, state media reported. The woman, from the city of Langfang in Hebei province, developed a cough and fever on July 10 and four days later was given a diagnosis of severe pneumonia,…

Insecticide in free meal that killed 23 Indian pupils

Oil used to cook a school lunch that led to the deaths of 23 pupils in eastern India contained powerful insecticide, a forensic report said Saturday. The children died after eating lentils, potatoes and rice cooked at the school last Tuesday with oil containing an agricultural insecticide — organophosphorus —…

Long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who reported on every U.S. president since John Kennedy, died on Saturday at the age of 92, The Gridiron Club and Foundation said. Thomas, who worked the White House beat for 49 years for United Press International and Hearst newspapers, died…

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