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Force of 600 firefighters tighten grip over deadly Arizona wildfire

By Tim Gaynor PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters on Wednesday tightened their grip on a blaze in Arizona that killed 19 of their comrades days earlier in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in 80 years, and officials said they feared more bodies may be found during mop-up operations. Strong, erratic…

Will electric cars ever enter the mainstream?

Pardon my metaphor, but is the tank half-empty or half-full when it comes to electric cars? The bad news: start-up electric-car makers Aptera, Better Place, Coda and Fisker are out of business, or close to it. Of the 14.4m cars sold last year in the US, only 52,835 – one…

Diversion of Bolivian president’s plane enrages Latin American leaders

By Louise Egan and Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Latin American leaders slammed European governments on Wednesday for diverting Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane on rumors it was carrying a wanted former U.S. spy agency contractor, and announced an emergency summit in a new diplomatic twist to the Edward…

Seven severed heads found by highway in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Authorities have found seven severed heads stuffed in plastic bags on the edge of a highway near the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco state prosecutors said on Wednesday. The gruesome discovery about 25 miles from the country’s second-biggest city is a reminder of the criminal violence still…

Martin Luther King remembered in D.C. exhibit

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr is being remembered in a Washington, D.C. exhibition held to tie-in with the 50th anniversary of his famous march on the US capital. “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr”, takes a look back at the epic sweep of the slain Nobel laureate’s life…

Ouster of Egypt’s Morsi creates headache for the U.S.

The military toppling of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi could have huge implications for key ties with the United States, which had an uneasy relationship with his Islamist-led government during its year-long rule. Analysts and lawmakers have for months sharply criticized the tepid US response to Morsi’s failure to usher in a…

Occupy Oakland protesters awarded $1 million over police brutality

Victims of excessive police force at one of the most violent flashpoints of the Occupy protests have received a $1m compensation settlement. The US district court in San Francisco made the award to a group of 12 protesters who complained of brutality during in confrontations with police in Oakland, California,…

Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects

Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to the higher than expected rates of deaths and congenital abnormalities in the babies of the Pakistani community. Researchers have concluded that the cultural practice of marriage between first cousins…

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan released from home confinement

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released Wednesday morning from home confinement, after serving more than five years in prison on corruption charges. Ryan, 79, now must spend a year under court supervision. On January 30, Ryan was released from federal prison to home…

A look at Egypt’s new interim president: Adly Mansour

Egypt’s new caretaker president Adly Mansour had been head of the Supreme Constitutional Court for just two days when the army named him leader of the Arab world’s most populous state. He takes the helm of a nation riven by deep divisions over the army’s ouster of its first freely…

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