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Small town vigilantes refuse to disarm in tense Mexican state of Michoacan

Farmers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles ride in pick-up trucks emblazoned with the word “self-defense” to protect this rural Mexican town from a drug cartel. The government deployed thousands of troops to the western state of Michoacan this week, but in some towns like Coalcoman, population 10,000, vigilantes…

The impact of the electric car: infographic

Ever wondered what the impact of electric vehicle is so far? Well, wait no longer. An infograph recently released from vroomvroomvroom.ca shows some interesting numbers. In 2012, 62,400 electric vehicles were sold in the US, only 0.45% of cars sold. In 2011, 18,000 EV units left US auto dealer lots…  …

House passes bill to speed construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

US lawmakers agreed to a bill that would speed construction of a Canada-US oil pipeline and circumvent the need for President Barack Obama’s approval for the $5 billion project. By a 241-175 vote, the House of Representatives passed the largely symbolic measure to end regulatory delays on the Keystone XL…

Kim Dotcom might sue Twitter, Google and Facebook over copyright infringement

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said Thursday he was considering taking legal action against tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for infringing copyright on a security measure he invented. Dotcom, who is on bail in New Zealand as US authorities seek his extradition in the world’s biggest copyright case,…

Obama to begin process of closing Guantanamo Bay: report

President Barack Obama plans to resume transfers of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to other countries in a fresh bid to close the controversial US prison, The Wall Street Journal reported. In the coming weeks, Obama will try to accelerate efforts to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo partly by lifting a…

British ‘Tea Party’ UKIP surges, putting pressure on Tories and Cameron

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage arrives in Westminster, London, May 3, after a successful night in the local council elections. David Cameron’s Conservative Party is being exposed by a surging UKIP demanding lower taxes.(Stefan Rousseau/AP……

Allosaurus dinosaur chomped like a bird of prey, say scientists

At first glance, a nearly 30-foot long, 150-million-year-old dinosaur may not seem to have much in common with a modern-day bird of prey, but according to new research, the Allosaurus and the falcon at least had the same table manners. In a study published this week in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica……

Most houses and public buildings in ‘Tornado Alley’ lack storm shelters

Seventy-five percent of the world’s tornadoes occur in the United States, yet few people who live in “Tornado Alley” bother with the trouble and expense of a proper shelter from the storms. Mel Evridge, 69, a retired builder who experienced both Monday’s twister in this Oklahoma City suburb that killed…

Polish doctors carry out world’s first life-saving face transplant

Polish doctors carried out the world’s first life-saving face transplant, the centre’s spokeswoman said Wednesday, weeks after a 33-year-old man was disfigured by a machine in a workplace accident. “It is Poland’s first face transplant and also the first in the world done to save the patient’s life,” Anna Uryga,…

International theft of U.S. intellectual property costs $300 billion per year: report

A high-powered commission said Wednesday that intellectual property theft was costing the United States the equivalent of all its exports to Asia and urged a tougher approach to China. The 11-month study led by high-ranking former US officials said that theft of software and other US-developed products was costing the…

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