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Dust storm envelops Phoenix, downs power lines

A giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area on Thursday for the third time since early July - turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions and delaying some airline flights.

Black men survive longer in prison than out: study

Genevra Pittman Reuters 15.07.2011
Black men survive longer in prison than out: study

Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.


Prince William, Kate head to LA; Will hit Beverly Hills and -- Skid Row

There will be stops in Beverly Hills and Skid Row, along with a charity polo match in Santa Barbara. But there will be no time for Disneyland or the La Brea Tar Pits. Britain’s newest royal couple is scheduled to arrive here on Friday, visiting So...

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

P. SOLOMON BANDA,SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Yahoo! News 29.06.2011
Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site from flames and mon...


Triumphant NY governor hailed at gay pride parade

One of the world's oldest and largest gay pride parades turned into a carnival-like celebration of same-sex marriage Sunday as hundreds of thousands of revelers rejoiced at New York's new law giving gay couples the same marital rights as everyone ...

Land of the Free? New York and California come out at the bottom of individual freedoms study

It might be the ‘Land of the Free’, but some states certainly aren’t living up to the words of America’s national anthem. New York, New Jersey and California are the least free in the U.S., based on an index of public policies affecting your indiv...


Baltimore Imposes Curfew For Teens, Opens 'Curfew Centers'

Baltimore City officials are collaborating to keep teens off the streets and out of trouble this summer. Jessica Kartalija reports they’re announcing the opening of the City’s Curfew Center.

Desperate mother-of-three sells handwritten letter from Obama to avoid being evicted

Opening the handwritten letter from President Obama brought a glimmer of hope to her life as he promised her that things would get better for her and her family. And despite the fact Destiny Mathis, from Hobart, Indiana, treasured the letter, more...


Hunt for tornado survivors looking bleak

Kevin Murphy Edmonton Journal 26.05.2011
Hunt for tornado survivors looking bleak

First they found his dark blue teddy bear. Then frantic relatives searching for toddler Skyular Logsdon spotted his red T-shirt and pants, torn, rain-soaked and wrapped around a telephone pole. The little boy hasn't been seen since Sunday night wh...

US Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels

Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perf...


Cop's rape comment sparks wave of 'SlutWalks'

RUSSELL CONTRERAS MSNBC 07.05.2011
Cop's rape comment sparks wave of 'SlutWalks'

An international series of protests known as SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, is taking root in the United States.

White House readies ‘US Shake Out’ to prepare citizens for earthquakes

The Departments of Homeland Security and Education are reaching out to millions of people in central U.S. states to get them to participate in an earthquake preparedness drill.


Savage storms kill 45 in Southeast US

BROCK VERGAKIS and EMERY P. DALESIO Yahoo! News 18.04.2011
Savage storms kill 45 in Southeast US

A tornado-spewing storm system that killed at least 45 people across half the country unleashed its worst fury on North Carolina, where homes broke apart, trees snapped and livestock were swept into the air. Residents in the capital city and rural...

Suicide Rates in U.S. Increase as Economy Declines, CDC Researchers Find

Suicide rates in the U.S. tend to rise during recessions and fall amid economic booms, according to study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thermal Cameras On Boston Streets Can Show Activity Inside Homes

A thermal imaging project in the city of Boston has been put on hold because of privacy concerns. Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports. Boston officials had hoped to have aerial and street-level photos taken across about four s...

Demographer: US has 4M adults who identify as gay

How many gay men and lesbians are there in the United States? Gary Gates has an idea but acknowledges pinpointing a solid figure remains an elusive task.


Trace Amounts Of Radioactive Elements Found In California

Trace amounts of radioactive elements consistent with the earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan were detected by monitors in Anaheim and Riverside, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. But they also warned the “min...

Minuscule fallout' reaches USA

Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's stricken nuclear plant have reached the west coast but federal and state officials say it poses no health risk.


U.S. to evacuate Americans out of Japan

The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weathe...

Obama to bullying victims: I know what it's like

DARLENE SUPERVILLE AP 10.03.2011
Obama to bullying victims: I know what it's like

President Barack Obama smiled when he said his large ears and funny name once made him a target of school-yard harassment. But he was all seriousness Thursday when he told a White House conference on bullying that torment and intimidation must not...



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