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US donations to Japan near $150 million

WASHINGTON – US relief groups said Tuesday that Americans have donated close to $150 million to support Japan after its devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross said it has raised $120.5 million. It said it gave $10 million initially to the Japanese Red Cross and would…

ACLU slams Chicago’s pervasive surveillance system

CHICAGO — A vast network of high-tech surveillance cameras that allows Chicago police to zoom in on a crime in progress and track suspects across the city is raising privacy concerns. Chicago’s path to becoming the most-watched US city began in 2003 when police began installing cameras with flashing blue…

Red Moon: Lunar eclipse to make memorable solstice

Weather permitting, skygazers in northern America and Europe are in for a treat in the early morning hours of Tuesday, when the first total lunar eclipse in almost three years is poised to turn the Moon pink, coppery or even a blood red. Coinciding eerily with the northern hemisphere’s mid-winter…

Save the world from climate change – by computer

Computer gamers who like a challenge can now take on one of the toughest around: saving the entire planet, this time from climate change. Billed as a strategy game with a social conscience, “Fate of the World” sees players try to protect the world’s climate and resources while managing a…

Video game tasks players with saving humanity from climate change

Computer gamers who like a challenge can now take on one of the toughest around: saving the entire planet, this time from climate change. Billed as a strategy game with a social conscience, “Fate of the World” sees players try to protect the world’s climate and resources while managing a…

Red meat cold cuts could cause cancer: study

Red meat is being raked over the coals again. Already linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including cancer of the pancreas, red meat was found by a team of US researchers to be a possible cause of bladder cancer, a study published in the journal…

Schilling’s business, bluster bleed into politics

The U.S. is fighting two wars, and millions are looking for work. So what is making politicians thump their lecterns in two of New England’s hottest political races this summer? Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. The ballplayer-turned-businessman is back in his favorite spot — the center of attention —…

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.…

Fox News ‘Red Eye’ host: Al Gore ‘hates human beings’

Fox News Red Eye Host Greg Gutfeld has to be provocative to keep Fox News viewers interested at 3 a.m. ET but that brand of humor may have raised some eyebrows when he appeared as a guest on the network later in the morning. Gutfeld was invited on Fox &…

Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed

Earlier this week, the International Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret “Black Jail” within the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan, where high-value detainees were held and allegedly abused. Since then, additional details have continued to emerge. The New York Times reported last November that former prisoners and human…

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