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Zookeepers hunt fugitive flamingo in Japan

Zookeepers in northern Japan are racing against nature to catch a fugitive flamingo before it freezes or migrates south for the winter. Bird experts have tried to net the escapee on the lake it has made home using captive flamingos as bait, and have even donned diving gear to sneak…

Head of iPhone software out in Apple shakeup

Apple on Monday announced that the executive in charge of the software powering its culture-changing iPhones is leaving as part of a shakeup in the upper ranks of the company. Apple chief Tim Cook said the departure of Scott Forstall and enhanced roles of Jon Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue…

Obama ditches campaign trail to steer Sandy response

President Barack Obama left the campaign trail to lead his nation at a moment of crisis, steering the response to super storm Sandy, which left the endgame of the White House race in turmoil. Republican Mitt Romney joined the president in cancelling campaign appearances as high winds, swamping tides and…

‘Satanic’ Halloween rituals alarm Polish Catholic church

Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic church has raised the alarm about the growing influence of what it brands satanic rituals during Halloween. “Halloween promotes the occult and magic,” the church said in a statement on its website ahead of the October 31 festival. “Under the guise of having fun, children, youngsters…

Chicago homicides already pass mark for 2011, defying trend in other U.S. cities

Chicago: Homicides already pass mark for 2011, defying trend in other US cities With two months left in 2012, the number of homicides in Chicago has already surpassed the total count for all of 2011, a trend sharply at odds with other large US cities. Deadly shootings over the weekend…

Canada sends electricians to U.S. to help in Sandy aftermath

OTTAWA — A Canadian utility company sent electricians to the neighboring US state of Vermont to help restore power after powerful storm Sandy whips through, Hydro-Quebec said Monday. Dozens of flights between eastern Canada and the United States were also canceled as weather forecasters told Canadians in Ontario, Quebec and…

Crane on New York skyscraper buckles in storm winds

NEW YORK — Gale force winds from Hurricane Sandy on Monday buckled a crane on top of a 90-story New York apartment block which was left dangling as the storm intensified. Police and fire services cleared streets and some other buildings around the high-rise, close to Central Park, which was…

Breast cancer screening saves lives, says study

PARIS — The benefits of preemptive breast cancer screening outweigh the risks, a study said Tuesday, insisting the practice saves thousands of lives. The new research adds to the debate about the dangers of overdiagnosis, which sees some women undergo invasive treatment for cancers that would never have made them…

Green Party hopeful blast Romney, Obama on climate as Hurricane Sandy hits

WASHINGTON — The White House hopeful of the Green Party on Monday accused President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney of failing to address climate change as Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. “The Republicans and Democrats each talk about the election of the other party as the end…

UN pinpoints climate-linked health risks

GENEVA — Two UN agencies on Monday presented a new tool to map health risks linked to climate change and extreme weather conditions, enabling authorities to give advance warnings and act to prevent “climate-sensitive” diseases from spreading. The World Metrological Organization and the World Health Organization presented their first joint…

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