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Israeli family of five killed in West Bank attack

Troops set up roadblocks and were searching the area around the settlement of Itamar, near the Palestinian city of Nablus, for the attacker who snuck into the house and killed a couple and three of their children, including a baby. “This is the despicable murder of an entire, innocent family, parents…

Major tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

UPDATE: The NOAA has issued a tsunami watch for the west coast, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, British Colombia and Alaska. Waves are possible between 6-7 a.m. PST. UPDATE 2: The tsunami watch has now been upgraded to a warning. It includes the entire North American west coast. Emergency alert…

Big chunks of Antarctic ice form beneath glaciers

WASHINGTON – An international team of scientists has discovered that masses of ice in the Antarctic form underneath the ice sheet instead of on top, according to a study published Thursday. “We usually think of ice sheets like cakes — one layer at a time added from the top,” said…

Rising seas threaten 180 U.S. cities by 2100: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising seas spurred by climate change could threaten 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, a new study says, with Miami, New Orleans and Virginia Beach among those most severely affected. Previous studies have looked at where rising waters might go by the end of this century, assuming…

Report: Wal-Mart actually kills jobs, creates taxpayer burdens

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer. The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them,…

Ghost villages left as 36,000 Afghans flee war

KHAKAI, Afghanistan — There is no-one drinking tea or tending animals outside their homes in Khakai, one of the ghost villages of southern Afghanistan — just lots of collapsed mud walls and an eerie quiet. “It’s totally empty,” said Bryan Baker, a medic accompanying a US-Afghan military patrol searching for…

Leaders inside and outside Egypt seek exit from impasse

CAIRO (Reuters) – Political leaders were meeting inside and outside Egypt on Saturday to seek a way out of a dangerous impasse between President Hosni Mubarak and demonstrators calling for him to step down. “The status quo is simply not sustainable,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a security…

Six people injured by falling ice at Super Bowl venue

DALLAS, Texas (AFP) – At least six workers who were trying to get Cowboys Stadium ready for the Super Bowl were taken to hospitals on Friday after being struck by falling ice, a National Football League spokesman said. The six were taken to different hospitals and the two most seriously…

Protesters run Mubarak thugs out of Tahrir Square: reports

Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square ran pro-Mubarak counter-protesters out of the area in the early morning hours of Thursday, eyewitnesses reported. It was a surprising show of force by pro-reform demonstrators who spent the day under siege from pro-Mubarak crowds who physically assaulted protesters and, according to many reporters, deliberately…

‘Worst ever’ monster cyclone hits Australia

INNISFAIL, Australia – A terrifying top-strength cyclone slammed into Australia’s populous northeast coast Thursday, with officials warning it could be one of the most lethal storms in the nation’s history. Howling winds whipped up by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi with speeds of up to 290 kilometres (181 miles) per hour…

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