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  • Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico
    Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico

    Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed homes and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of foreign tourists and injuring 135 people.

  • Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes
    Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday. The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used. Energy companies began producing coal-bed methane in Colorado in 1994, then in New Mexico five years later. ...

  • Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress
    Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said Monday they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct in a parked car.

  • NSA Secretly Trying To Map The Internet — Including All Devices Connected To It — In Real-Time
    NSA Secretly Trying To Map The Internet — Including All Devices Connected To It — In Real-Time

    The National Security Agency along with its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters and several other nations are secretly trying to map the entire Internet in real-time, creating a worldwide surveillance tool on the scale of Google Earth. Spiegel Online reports the ambitious program, codenamed “Treasure Map” (complete with its own glowing skull moniker) seeks to identify Internet routers and millions of individual devices in order to create an ”interactive map of the global Internet” in “near real-time,” which would allow intelligence analysts to “map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time,” according to documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are jointly involved in the effort, which the report described “as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird’s eye view of the planet’s digital arteries.” The system could also be used to plan online attacks as a map of the world’s digital battlefield.

  • Kerry says refuses to be drawn into 'back and forth' with Iran

    By Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran on Monday following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group. "I'm not going to get into a back and forth. I don't want to do that. I don't think that is constructive, frankly,” Kerry told reporters at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries. Earlier, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had vetoed a U.S. ...

  • Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort
    Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

    The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal — destroying a marauding organization of extremists — is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture.

  • 'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

    Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

  • Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends
    Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ballot counting in Afghanistan's five-month-long presidential election is finished, but as negotiations continue over the country's future political power structure, many here are asking: Does my vote count?

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