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Millions of Americans to go without power, fireworks on July 4th

More than a million customers in the storm-hit United States remained without power Wednesday, as canceled firework displays and no air-conditioning made for a miserable July 4 holiday for many Americans. A fierce band of thunderstorms, packing hurricane force winds, tore across the country on Friday, wreaking havoc from Illinois…

Formula One driver Maria De Villota loses eye in an accident

Spanish Formula One driver Maria De Villota has lost her right eye as a result of an accident she suffered during testing in England on Tuesday, her Marussia team said Wednesday. De Villota was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday after a crash at Duxford Airfield circuit in…

Stephen Hawking lost a $100 bet that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said Wednesday the Nobel Prize should be given to Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle. Former Cambridge University professor Hawking also joked that the discovery had actually cost him $100 in a bet. In an interview with the…

Coachella threatens to relocate if 10 percent tax increase goes through

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival may relocate from Indio, California, its site since 1999. Organisers have threatened to move the festival site if Indio calls a referendum on a proposed tax that would add between $18 (£11.50) and $36 (£23) to the cost of weekend tickets. “If the…

Iran says its prepared to destroy all U.S. bases in the Gulf if attacked

Iran is prepared to launch missiles at US bases throughout the Gulf within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to a commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guards. In an apparent response to reports that the US has increased its military presence in the Gulf, the commander of…

Gunman kills 4, commits suicide while resisting eviction

A gunman killed four hostages in southwestern Germany Wednesday before presumably shooting himself while resisting eviction from his apartment building, police said. Police said they found five dead bodies in the apartment in the city of Karlsruhe after storming it when they smelled something burning, about three hours after the…

Expedition departs to prove Amelia Earhart initially survived plane crash

An expedition to test the theory that aviatrix Amelia Earhart survived the crash of her airplane 75 years ago and died a castaway on a desert island left Hawaii on Tuesday. The University of Hawaii research ship left the Snug Harbor here without fanfare under somber, drizzling skies at the…

Bees able to rejuvenate their brains: study

Are bees able to rejuvenate their brains? A team of scientists from Arizona State University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences discovered that bees are able to reverse the effects of aging on their brains. Their study, published in the scientific journal Experimental Gerontology, shows that when aging bees…

Same-sex marriage, gay adoption allowed in France from 2013

PARIS — Gay couples in France will be allowed to get married and to adopt children from next year, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced Tuesday. “In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination,” he told parliament, confirming an…

Ukraine clashes over controversial language law

Ukraine police on Wednesday used tear gas and several people were injured at a chaotic protest against a new language law as the president summoned the leaders of parliament to limit a growing crisis. The opposition has reacted furiously to the rushed passing by the Ukrainian parliament the Verkhovna Rada…

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