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Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine Expanding in Cali Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine Expanding in Cali
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The California Department of Food and Agriculture added more area to the Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zones established in Tulare and Kern counties on Tuesday. The bug has also been detected in Dinuba and Wasco counties. The dreaded Asian citrus …

SpaceX Launching Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX Launching Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk’s privately-owned Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to test an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday from California, as part of its push into the satellite launch market. The modified, 22-story Falcon 9 will carry Canada’s Cassiope science satellite, …

Joint Russian/U.S. Crew Leaves for Space Station Joint Russian/U.S. Crew Leaves for Space Station

The latest crew of the International Space Station left for orbit on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:58 PM EDT today, for a six-hour flight, before docking to the Russian-made segment of the facility. …

Zimbabwe Poachers Poison 87 Elephants Zimbabwe Poachers Poison 87 Elephants
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Zimbabwean poachers have poisoned 87 elephants with cyanide in Hwange national park, which holds one of the world’s largest herds. Zimbabwean environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere said that park rangers and police have recovered 19 tusks, cyanide and wire snares, while …

U.S. Postal Service Proposes 3 Cent Stamp Hike U.S. Postal Service Proposes 3 Cent Stamp Hike

In a new proposal by the financially embattled United States Postal Service, first-class postage could rise 6.5%, or 3 cents, to 49 cents a stamp, in early 2014. The hike would increase revenue by roughly $2 billion a year. The …

Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home For Sale Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home For Sale

The childhood home of iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is up for sale in Aberdeen, Washington, about 2 hours southwest of Seattle, The property comes complete with an old mattress the singer once slept on, a sort of ultra-ridic package …

Misundertood Gorilla Being Booted From Dallas Zoo Misundertood Gorilla Being Booted From Dallas Zoo

Patrick, a 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla, is being kicked out of the Dallas Zoo for anti-social behavior. The 430-pound silverback bachelor, known for his geniality while among visitors and zoo staff, has shown little interest in forming any meaningful bonds …

Actor Jon Hamm to Undergo Throat Surgery Actor Jon Hamm to Undergo Throat Surgery

Actor Jon Hamm, just snubbed at the 2013 Emmy Awards for lead actor in AMC’s “Mad Men,” is set to undergo throat surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal cords. A representative for the actor stated that it’s a …

Ghanaian Poet Awoonor Among Dead in Nairobi Attack Ghanaian Poet Awoonor Among Dead in Nairobi Attack

Well-known and beloved Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor was one of the casualties of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday. Awoonor, 78, was in Kenya for the Storymoja Hay literary festival, and his son was also wounded in …

Iranian Soccer Star Teymourian Gets Karmic Gift Iranian Soccer Star Teymourian Gets Karmic Gift

Iranian soccer star Andranik Teymourian scored a game-winning goal for his team on Saturday, just after rescuing an imperiled butterfly from the field – which some are equating to being a karmic gift. Teymourian, a defensive midfielder for Iranian team …

Atom Bomb Almost Detonated Over NC in 1961 Atom Bomb Almost Detonated Over NC in 1961
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According to a newly declassified document published on Saturday, two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1961. The incident occurred when a B-52 bomber carrying the weapons ripped in half mid-flight on January 23, during the …

Tentative Agreement Over Heiress Clark’s Will Tentative Agreement Over Heiress Clark’s Will
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Recently deceased Montana copper heiress Huguette Clark, whose curious life and obsession with dolls made headlines, has a will that has been in dispute in a New York courtroom. It’s been reported by an anonymous party close to the case …

Missing Christian Author Henry Blackaby Found Missing Christian Author Henry Blackaby Found

Southern Baptist pastor and head of the North American Mission Board Henry Blackaby was found by police, after going missing for over 24 hours. Blackaby, who is 78, and author of the popular discipleship workbook Experiencing God, suffered a heart …

Americans Injured in Nairobi Mall Massacre Americans Injured in Nairobi Mall Massacre

Americans were among the at least 150 injured in the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Nairobi today, according to a statement from Marie Harf, deputy spokesman for the U.S. State Department. So far, at least 39 people have died in …

The “Yankee Clipper” Hurricane of 1938 Remembered The “Yankee Clipper” Hurricane of 1938 Remembered
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the New England Hurricane of 1938, which was also called the “Great New England Hurricane,” the “Yankee Clipper” and the “Long Island Express.” It was the first major hurricane to hit New England since …

State Trooper, Robber Injured in Bank Heist Shootout State Trooper, Robber Injured in Bank Heist Shootout

A man who robbed the First Bank at Dutzow Friday morning was shot, in an exchange of gunfire with a state trooper near New Melle, in St. Charles County, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The officer was also shot, …

The Equinox and Why Fall Starts Sunday The Equinox and Why Fall Starts Sunday

On Sunday, September 22, the earth’s Northern Hemisphere will move into fall and the Southern Hemisphere will move into spring. The celestial shift that prompts this transition is called an equinox, which happens biannually, around March 21 and September 21. …

Super Typhoon Usagi Heading for Hong Kong Super Typhoon Usagi Heading for Hong Kong

Super Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm on the planet so far in 2013, is still moving along in the Western Pacific, carrying winds as strong as 162 mph – which is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. Usagi is …

Man Found with 850 Snakes in His Home Man Found with 850 Snakes in His Home

A Long Island animal control officer was found keeping about 850 snakes in his home on Thursday, two of which were 6-foot Burmese pythons – all part of an illegal reptile sales operation. The snakes were all housed in the …

House Votes for $4 Billion Cut in SNAP Funding House Votes for $4 Billion Cut in SNAP Funding
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The House has just voted to cut roughly $4 billion a year from food stamp funding, a program 1 in 7 Americans are now using. The 217-210 vote will call for a 5% spending reduction, and was a victory for …

Taye Diggs to Guest Star on New Girl Taye Diggs to Guest Star on New Girl

Actor Taye Diggs is set to make a guest appearance on Fox’s New Girl, playing a self-assured ladies’ man. Diggs’ character, “Artie,” will meet Jess (Zoey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) in the bar, while Nick (Jake Johnson) is on …

Drinktec 2013 Beer Convention a Success Drinktec 2013 Beer Convention a Success

Drinktec 2013, the “World’s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry”, which kicked off on September 16th in Munich at the Messe München exhibition center, has been touted as a success, according to exhibition director Petra Westphal. …

Life on Earth Can Last At Least Another 1.75 Billion Years Life on Earth Can Last At Least Another 1.75 Billion Years

In a new study conducted at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, researchers have estimated that the earth will be able to support life for another 1.75 to 3.25 billion years, unless there’s a nuclear holocaust, a …

The 2013 Harvest Moon is In Tonight’s Sky The 2013 Harvest Moon is In Tonight’s Sky

The “Harvest Moon” of 2013 will occur on September 19 in the Northern Hemisphere. The Harvest Moon is the traditional name of the full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox, that precedes the “Hunter’s Moon,” or the following full …