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Los Alamos evacuation order lifted, residents returning

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) – Evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday over 10,000 residents of Los Alamos displaced by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, as the blaze burns to the north away from the town. The return of residents to their homes came a day after the…

Man goes without pulse for 96 minutes — and lives

A 54-year-old man who collapsed and was without a pulse for 96 minutes was successfully resuscitated and shows no neurological symptoms or other consequences of the hour and a half he spent as a dead man, the Mayo Clinic reported. Emergency workers used defibrillators and CPR on the man, who…

Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 350

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AFP) – The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history. The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 left 747 people dead. The third-deadliest tornado…

Over 220 killed as tornadoes ravage U.S. south

BIRMINGHAM, USA / Alabama — Tornadoes and thunderstorms carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 220 people in one of the country’s worst weather disasters in years, officials said Thursday. The severe weather killed 131 people in the state of Alabama alone on Wednesday, authorities…

EU court deals blow to French-led anti-GM crops lobby

BRUSSELS (AFP) – France broke the law when it halted cultivation of genetically-modified crops without first asking the EU to impose emergency measures, the legal advisor to Europe’s top court said on Tuesday. Advocate-general Paolo Mengozzi’s opinion represents a major blow to France, Austria, Greece and Poland, all of whom…

Yemen in state of emergency after massacre

Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – Gunmen on rooftops shot dead up to 42 protesters at an anti-government rally in Sanaa after Muslim prayers on Friday, enraging the opposition and prompting President Ali Abdullah Saleh to declare a state of emergency. Medical sources and witnesses told Reuters that…

West Coast boosts alert for Japan radiation

LOS ANGELES – The United States is boosting radiation monitoring on the West Coast and Pacific territories, as officials forecast that low levels could be detected in California by Friday. While authorities say they do not expect harmful levels, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sending the monitoring units to…

Tsunami grazes West Coast, thousands evacuate

OAKLAND, Calif./QUITO (Reuters) – Thousands of people fled their homes along the California coast on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan began hitting the U.S. West Coast after rolling through Hawaii. But the giant wall of water appeared to have lost much of its energy…

Tsunami evacuations ‘very possible’ in California

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – The tsunami generated by a massive earthquake in Japan could reach 6 feet when it hits parts of the northern California coast and force some evacuations, a state emergency agency spokesman said. “It is very possible there may be some evacuations here,” California Emergency Management Agency…

White House says they may tap strategic oil reserves to ease gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Chief of Staff William Daley said on Sunday the Obama administration was considering tapping into the U.S. strategic oil reserve as a way to help ease soaring oil prices. Speaking on NBC television’s “Meet the Press,” Daley said: “We are looking at the options. The…

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