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Stranded Aussies survive on nuts and rainwater

Two men have been rescued after surviving on nuts and rainwater for four days in the remote Australian desert after their car caught fire, police said on Monday. The experienced prospectors were found after one of them walked towards an Aboriginal community 60 kilometres (35 miles) away where was he…

Global warming could increase diseases originating from water sources

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Climate change could increase exposure to water-borne diseases originating in oceans, lakes and coastal ecosystems, and the impact could be felt within 10 years, US scientists told a conference in Washington on Saturday. Several studies have shown that shifts brought about by climate change make ocean and…

Protesters target Koch brothers at desert retreat, 25 arrested

RANCHO MIRAGE – About 1,000 chanting protesters rallied on Sunday outside a California resort where conservative lawmakers and business executives met for a political strategy session hosted by billionaires Charles and David Koch. About two dozen police officers in riot gear lined up in front of the Rancho Las Palmas…

AP: Arizona deputy’s shooting by drug-runners may have been hoax

Two nationally known forensic pathologists are questioning a sheriff deputy’s version of how he was shot in the remote desert south of Phoenix, adding to theories that the incident was a hoax timed to enflame the debate over illegal immigration. Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll told investigators he was following…

Tale of Arizona desert’s decapitated corpses was not true, embattled governor admits

A claim by Arizona’s governor that rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border has led to headless bodies turning up in the desert came back to haunt her during a stammering debate performance in which she failed to back it up. Gov. Jan Brewer, who gained national attention defending the state’s…

Congressman brags about offing ‘crazy raccoon’ with Desert Eagle

WASHINGTON — Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa says he doesn’t take kindly to raccoons trying to take shelter in his home. The minute King noticed a raccoon trying to weasel into his house last week, he grabbed his semi-automatic gun and chased the fleeing creature out into a deadly…

Report: France ‘deliberately’ used soldiers as ‘nuclear guinea pigs’

France used soldiers as guinea pigs in nuclear tests in the 1960s, deliberately exposing them to radiation from atomic blasts to test the effects, according to a report revealed on Tuesday. The secret military report, obtained by AFP, said that between 1960 and 1966 France sent troops onto Algerian desert…

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