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Presidential panel calls for ‘top-to-bottom reform’ of Gulf oil drilling

A US presidential panel probing the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster slammed the firms involved in the deadly rig accident in April, calling them safety laggards in need of a complete overhaul. “BP, Halliburton and Transocean are major companies operating throughout the Gulf, and the evidence is that they are…

‘I am NOT blind,’ Pastor Warren tweets after pruning accident

Politics Daily’s David Gibson reports, “Mega-pastor Rick Warren has sent out a Tweet revealing that he was blinded in a yard accident at his California home that has left him temporarily without sight and in ‘excruciating pain.’” Warren was pruning a firestick plant in his yard on Monday when got…

At least 60 dead in India train crash

SAINTHIA, India (AFP) – A speeding express rammed into the back of a stationary passenger train in eastern India on Monday, killing at least 60 people and trapping others in several badly mangled carriages. The standing train was waiting to leave Sainthia station in Birbhum district, 260 kilometres (160 miles)…

N.Zealand inventors unveil bionic legs for paraplegics

WELLINGTON (AFP) – Two New Zealand inventors have produced what they claim are the world’s first robotic legs to help paraplegics walk again. The bionic legs were road-tested publicly for the first time Thursday by 23-year-old Hayden Allen who was told five years ago he would never walk again after…

DR.Congo tanker fire kills 200: Red Cross

KINSHASA (AFP) – At least 200 people died and dozens were injured when a tanker truck filled with oil exploded and set fire to a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Red Cross said Saturday. “So far, the accident has left 200 dead. It is a provisional toll.…

US officials create offshore drilling safety review board

US officials Monday unveiled the creation of a board to review offshore drilling safety and tighten oversight of oil equipment testing as a giant slick spread over the Gulf of Mexico. “We must continue to do everything we can to oversee and support BP’s efforts to stop and clean up…

Kristol calls for drilling closer to shore

The next oil spill could reach the coast days earlier if The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol has his way. Kristol told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he would like to see future drilling closer to shore. “Look, it was a bad accident but the fact is I think we get…

Four missing US miners found dead

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Four US miners missing after a deadly blast at a West Virginia coal mine have been found dead, a discovery that brought to a tragic conclusion a nearly week-long search for survivors, local officials announced early Saturday. “We did not receive the miracle we prayed for,” West…

Top Taliban commander’s capture a ‘lucky accident’: report

WASHINGTON — Pakistani security officers who captured the Taliban’s top commander in a raid in Karachi discovered only later who they had, the New York Times reported Friday. The Times quoted a US official as saying the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was just “a lucky accident.” “No one…

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