17 Mar 2011

Almost Half of U.S., Including New Jersey, Faces Flood Risk

“Almost half the U.S., including crop-growing regions of the Midwest and areas around New York City and northern New Jersey, has a higher-than-average risk of flooding through April, according to government forecasters. The Mississippi River north of St. Louis, the Red River of the North and parts of New York,

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17 Mar 2011

Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency

“A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday. “ Source: Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency – NYTimes.com

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16 Mar 2011

Car Bomb Wounds 5 in Northeastern Mexico

“Five people suffered varying degrees of injuries when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the violence-wracked northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, officials told Efe. A source with that state’s Attorney General’s Office, who spoke on condition on anonymity, said the parked vehicle exploded

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16 Mar 2011

U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High,’ Sees Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsening

“The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a far bleaker appraisal on Wednesday of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government had offered. He said American officials believed that the damage to at least one crippled reactor was much more serious than Tokyo

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16 Mar 2011

FBI: Terrorism, al-Qaida Pose Biggest Threat to US

“The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says terrorism in general and al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to pose the most significant threat to the United States. Robert Mueller testified Wednesday at a House of Representatives committee hearing. “ Source: FBI: Terrorism, al-Qaida Pose Biggest Threat to US

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16 Mar 2011

Four N.Y. Times journalists missing in Libya

“Four journalists for The New York Times are missing in Libya, the newspaper said Wednesday on its website. The Times said the missing journalists are Anthony Shadid, the paper’s Beirut bureau chief and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in

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16 Mar 2011

Wholesale prices up 1.6 pct. on steep rise in food

“Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent

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16 Mar 2011

Radiation Fears Spark Tokyo Exodus, KLM and Lufthansa Cancel Narita Flights

“The international and domestic terminals at Narita International Airport were crammed with passengers leaving the capital after a small spike in radiation levels were detected in Tokyo following a reactor fire that has raged for two days at a troubled nuclear plant 150 miles north of the city. Four of

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16 Mar 2011

Israeli strike kills two Hamas security men

” Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing two Palestinian militants, Hamas and Palestinian medical officials said.” Source: Israeli strike kills two Hamas security men | Reuters

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16 Mar 2011

The Perilous Intersection of Mexico’s Drug War & Pemex

“The stillness of early Sunday morning December 19, 2010 was shattered by a thunderous explosion. Residents across San Martin Texmelucan, a small town about 60 miles from Mexico City, were awakened to the latest, and one of the most deadly incidents, involving possible fuel theft at Pemex, Mexico’s national oil

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