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6.1 quake rattles Alaska peninsula

WASHINGTON — A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Alaskan peninsula Saturday some 600 miles (970 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor struck at 1959 GMT, with the epicenter near Sand Point, Alaska, on an island in the North Pacific just off the Alaska Peninsula,…

Survey ranks San Francisco ‘greenest city’ in North America

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – San Francisco is the greenest city in North America, followed by Vancouver and New York, according to the latest survey of green-city rankings. The survey, commissioned by Siemens Corp and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 31 indicators, ranging from consumption of water and electricity to efficiency standards. Detroit was the least green…

Facebook exposing children to online threats: EU survey

BRUSSELS — Social networking sites such as Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by paedophiles or online bullying, European authorities said Tuesday. Of 14 websites tested on behalf of the European Commission, just two — Bebo and MySpace — ensure the required…

British astronomers complete largest-ever map of local universe

British astronomers announced Wednesday they had completed the largest-ever map of the local universe using a type of lens and filter that sees light differently than conventional telescopes. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth called the image, formally titled the 2MASS Redshift Survey, one of their greatest accomplishments yet, noting…

BREAKING: San Francisco hit by earthquake

10:19pm: The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale struck the city of San Francisco at approximately 7:05pm local time. More on this story as it develops. 10:29pm: The epicenter was reportedly located 8 miles north of Berkeley.…

Survey finds Californians back tax extensions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The results of the statewide survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and The Field Poll were…

Survey shows upbeat outlook from US millionaires

WASHINGTON (AFP) – More than four in 10 American millionaires say they now need $7.5 million to feel wealthy, according to a survey that uncovered surprising levels of optimism about economic prospects. Conducted by Fidelity Investments, the world’s largest mutual fund firm, the poll analyzed the investing attitudes and behaviors…

Half of bankers in UK, US see bonuses rise: survey

Half of bankers in Britain and the United States have received a higher bonus for 2010 than the year before, despite sluggish investment banking performances, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The survey by Efinancialcareers, a career website network for financial workers, said 49 percent of bankers in Britain…

Conservatives growing weary of Afghan war: study

A new survey commissioned by the Afghanistan Study Group reveals that conservatives and tea party voters are growing concerned about the sustainability of US operations in Afghanistan. Sixty-six percent of conservatives said the US should diminish its military presence in Afghanistan — 39 percent supported reduced troop levels while 27…

Survey: Americans don’t know much about religion

Survey: Americans’ basic knowledge of religion, even their own, is lacking. A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their…

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