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  • California turns to Australia for drought advice

    March 3, 2015: A flock of sheep drink from a dam at the edge of dried-up Lake George, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Sydney. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File) SYDNEY –  California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable feature of the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country.” Four years into a drought forcing mandatory 25 percent water cutbacks this year, Californians have taken a keen interest in how Australia coped with its “Big Dry,” a torturous drought that stretched across the millennium, from the late 1990s through 2012. Australia’s city dwellers had to accept tough water restrictions as cattle collapsed and died in barren fields, monstrous wildfires killed 173 people, and scores of …

    May 26, 2015 12:09 am


  • Illinois Democrats offer FY 2016 budget with cuts, revenue

    CHICAGO Democrats in the Illinois state legislature will move ahead with their own fiscal 2016 budget that includes spending cuts as well as new revenue that will be “responsive to the needs of the people in the state,” House Speaker Michael Madigan said on Monday. He added that Democrats, who control both the House and the Senate, do not have the approximately $3 billion in revenue needed to balance their $36.3 billion general funds budget. “We’re willing to work with the governor to find the money to pay for it,” Madigan, a Democrat, told reporters in the state capitol in Springfield. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a $32 billion budget in February that included no new revenue, relying instead on $6.6 billion in spending cuts with a third coming from his plan to freeze worker pensions and move retirement benefits earned in the future into a less-generous program. Madigan said that move was reckless, particularly …

    May 25, 2015 8:47 pm


  • Malaysia Airlines to lay off one-third staff as restructuring concludes

    Malaysia Airlines is nearly finished with its tough restructuring plan — which will include cutting about one-third of its workforce — in its effort to recover after two plane tragedies last year. The layoff, expected very soon, is estimated to affect 6,000 out of 20,000 staff, though reports are now suggesting the figure could be closer to 8,000. Malaysia Airlines has also appointed a senior administrator to oversee this transition period. Despite this, the airline’s “operations are very much business as usual,” CEO Christoph Mueller said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines was battered by an avalanche of negative publicity last year after the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17. The airline was pulled from the stock market and taken private by Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which eventually revealed a $1.8 billion restructuring plan. Related: Malaysia hopes revamp will revive airline Key reforms included cutting unprofitable routes, putting new …

    May 25, 2015 11:49 pm


  • Curry injury scare overshadows Rockets win to avoid sweep

    The Golden State Warriors survived a major injury scare to NBA MVP Stephen Curry but still lost the game as a pumped up Houston Rockets staved off playoff elimination with a 128-115 victory on Monday. Curry went down in the second quarter of Game Four in the Western Conference Finals, falling hard on his upper back and neck after flipping over the back of Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, silencing a previously raucous Houston home crowd. The star point guard remained on the floor below the basket for a few minutes to receive treatment before gently rising to his feet and walking slowly back to the locker room as he left the game with a head contusion. However, Curry surprisingly returned with about six minutes left in the third after tests determined he had not suffered a concussion but he was unable to change the momentum of the game as the Rockets rode a monumental 45-point …

    May 26, 2015 12:09 am

World News

  • Deadly storms hit Mexico and Texas

    At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas. The US state has seen severe flooding, with four killed and a dozen missing. Images from Mexico showed cars and buildings badly damaged. Many people have been injured and there are fears the death toll could rise. Coahuila Governor Ruben Moreira, on a visit to the stricken area, said 10 adults and three children had died and a baby was missing. Another 150 people had been taken to hospital, he said. The authorities say that more than 1,000 homes have been damaged by the storm. At one point the tornado reached a speed of 270-300km/h (168-186mph). Most of those who died were walking on the street when it struck, officials said. The storm …

    May 26, 2015 12:10 am


  • If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom

    A funny thing happened on the way to the high-tech dystopia. Fifteen years ago, there were very few “technology activist” groups in the field. My former (and once again) employer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was one of the first wave, preceded by a scant few like the Free Software Foundation. These groups were excited by the possibilities of technology, of course – but that’s not what animated them. Rather, they were and are motivated by a mixture of hope and fear: hope for the ways technology could give us a better world, and fear of how technology will make the world worse in a million ways. I became aware of the movement’s existence in 1993, shortly before I dropped out of university (for the fourth and final time) and went to work as a programmer. I remember it well: I was about to get on a Greyhound bus from downtown Toronto to the University of …

    May 26, 2015 12:09 am


  • Time is muscle in acute heart failure

    Sophia Antipolis, 22 May 2015: Urgent diagnosis and treatment in acute heart failure has been emphasised for the first time in joint recommendations published today in European Heart Journal.1 The consensus paper is the result of a novel collaboration between the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Society for Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in the USA. Professor Alexandre Mebazaa, lead author and HFA board member, said: “This is the first guidance to insist that acute heart failure (AHF) is like acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in that it needs urgent diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In ACS when the coronary is occluded we say ‘time is muscle’ which means that the quicker the vessel is dilated, the more heart muscle is saved. The same principle is true for AHF.” He added: “By introducing the time to therapy concept together with new medications for AHF we …

    May 25, 2015 8:27 pm


  • Canada salmonella outbreak leaves 34 people sick after poultry contact

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba Canadian health authorities are investigating after 34 people became sick with salmonella infections after contact with live baby poultry, the country’s Public Health Agency said on Monday. The agency said it was investigating 17 cases of people becoming sick between April 5 and May 12 in the province of Alberta, 13 in British Columbia and four in Saskatchewan. All of the individuals had contact with live baby poultry, and in most cases from a particular Alberta hatchery, the agency said. Symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include fever, cramps and vomiting. It often clears up without treatment in healthy people, the Public Health Agency said, but some can become severely ill. Trade in agricultural products can be sensitive to detection of salmonella, although Canadian poultry exports are limited due to the country’s system of managing supply. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration halted rail car shipments of canola meal – used …

    May 25, 2015 8:47 pm


  • Chris Brown And Posse Lash Out At Tyson Beckford Over Karrueche Tran Instagram

    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Karrueche Tran has just landed herself in the middle of a bizarre love triangle with ex Chris Brown and actor/model Tyson Beckford. Over the weekend, the Fast Furious had the audacity to post a cute selfie in Vegas with Brown’s on-again/off-again ex — and the hot-headed rapper was having NONE of it, exploding on Twitter. On Saturday, Beckford posted a fun snap with the petite beauty, along with the caption, “Saturday with @Karrueche #vegas #palms #blasian.” After that post, Brown had a complete meltdown, posting a slew of angry tweets and even getting some of his crew to post angry tweets. One of Brown’s tweets included: “U wanna keep walking them runways. I need ta legs for that. Keep playing like I ain’t wit the bulls***.” Brown wrote a plethora of other hateful tweets but has since deleted them. Kid Red, who is a friend …

    May 25, 2015 11:09 pm


  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran

    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am

Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm