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Fishing ban imposed in oil-affected Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Louisiana’s 2.4-billion-dollar a year commercial and recreational fishing industry was dealt its first major blow from the oil spill Sunday, as the US government banned activities for 10 days due to health concerns. “NOAA is restricting fishing for a minimum of ten days in federal…

15,000 kids skip school to protest oil pollution in Kuwait

ALI SABAH AL-SALEM, Kuwait — Thousands of students began a two-day strike on Sunday in protest at high pollution levels caused by oil facilities in a remote residential area of southern Kuwait. “The strike was total today. All 15,000 students stayed at home,” Ahmad al-Shuraian, head of the area’s environmental…

Failed car bomb discovered in Times Square

Police evacuated the heart of the packed Times Square area of New York late Saturday on suspicion that a parked vehicle contained a bomb — and discovered explosive equipment in a Nissan Pathfinder left in the area. The car was at 45th Street and 7th Avenue and police shut down…

Legal weed could cause economic turmoil in pot-rich N. California

ARCATA, California (Reuters) – Below the perpetual fog that shrouds the redwood groves, green hills and rocky coastline of remote Humboldt County thrives a lucrative but hush-hush industry — marijuana. Pot pays the bills in this Northern California enclave, home to hippies and good old boys alike who espouse the…

American marijuana consumers participate in 4/20 events nation-wide

Forget Hippie Hill. For thoroughly modern marijuana smokers in the San Francisco Bay area, the hip place to celebrate their movement’s high holiday this year was the inside of a stretch Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore. Marijuana legalization advocates across the country are expected to light up during…

Video shows Taliban reclaiming abandoned US base

Taliban fighters have taken over a remote base in Afghanistan abandoned by US forces, according to a video aired by the Arabic television station Al Jazeera. American troops left the base just days ago as part of a strategic redeployment in the war-torn country. A video released by the Taliban…

Hundreds evacuated in Iceland as volcano erupts

Up to 800 people were evacuated in Iceland early Wednesday because of a volcano eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island, a police spokesman said. “Between 700 and 800 people were evacuated from their homes because of the risk of an eruption in Eyjafjallajokull and because…

Hundreds flee as volcano erupts in Iceland

An Icelandic volcano has erupted following a week of small earthquakes, spewing lava and ash into the air and forcing hundreds to flee on Sunday, but causing no casualties. Smoke could be seen rising from behind Eyjafjallajoekull glacier and volcanic ash filled the sky after the eruption that began around…

British PM Gordon Brown makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Early wins in a major anti-Taliban push in southern Afghanistan offered a “beacon of hope,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday during a surprise visit to troops. During a lightning eight-hour visit to Helmand province, Brown cautioned that it was vital to “win the peace as well as the…

New York, Washington recover from ‘Snowmageddon’

WASHINGTON — Record snow blizzards have paralyzed much of the eastern United States, trapping millions in their homes and shutting down the federal government for a fourth day. Nearly 6,000 flights in airports between Washington and New York were canceled at the height of the storms on Wednesday, stranding tens…

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