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US declares eastern cougar extinct

WASHINGTON – The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar officially extinct Wednesday, even though the big cat is believe to have first disappeared in the 1930s. The eastern cougar is often called the “ghost cat” because it has been so rarely glimpsed in northeastern states in recent…

Snow in San Francisco is first in 35 years

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snow fell overnight in areas of San Francisco for the first time in 35 years, the Weather Channel reported on Saturday. Trained spotters also reported snow in the San Joaquin Valley of California, according to the National Weather Service. The storm system that could bring snow…

Epic winter storm hits central US

CHICAGO – The central United States was caught in the grip of a historic winter storm Wednesday, buried by drifting snow and sleet that ground air and road travel to a halt. The storm — one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s, according to NASA — stretched for…

Egypt’s last working Web provider goes offline

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime WASHINGTON — Egypt’s last working Internet service provider, the Noor Group, went down on Monday, a US Web monitoring company said, leaving the crisis-torn country completely offline. Renesys, a New Hampshire-based firm that monitors Internet routing…

Vodafone confirms role in Egypt’s cellular, Internet blackout

An executive at London-based Vodafone Group PLC explained Friday morning that it did indeed have a role in the phone and Internet blackout affecting Egypt since Thursday night, confirming speculation that the firm had cooperated with the regime to close off protesters’ communications. Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao said that…

Company behind Egypt gov’t network denies role in Twitter blackout

Update: Vodafone confirms role in Egypt’s cellular, Internet blackout As Egypt lurched toward revolution amid the fiercest protests since its 1977 bread riots, one service that’s been of great importance to civil organizers has been increasingly hard to access: micro-blogging site Twitter. This has led British-based Vodafone Group PLC, which…

Trends analyst predicts global youth uprising, ‘progressive libertarians’ in 2011

An American trends analyst told a Russian news service recently that in 2011, young people from industrial societies around the world will unite on the Internet to overthrow increasingly ineffective elements of globalism that have driven their economies into depression. In a wide-ranging interview with Russia Today (RT) on Monday,…

Winter storms threaten Southern states, weather service warns

WASHINGTON – Severe winter storm warnings were posted by the National Weather Service on Sunday for a belt of states ranging from Texas and Oklahoma in the west across the south to Georgia and the Carolinas in the east. The National Weather Service also warned of a winter ice storm…

Obama gives ‘coal’ to polar bears for Christmas, activists say

WASHINGTON – Environmental groups on Thursday accused US President Barack Obama’s administration of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears after it stopped short of listing the animals as endangered. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, who has led legal efforts to protect the polar bear, said…

UK plan to block online pornography ‘not possible,’ ISPs say

Plans to set up an online age verification scheme in the United Kingdom to limit access to pornography is not possible, according to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at the ISP Timico, told BBC News that it is “technically not possible” to block…

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