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USA

Children’s author Jan Berenstain dies

February 28, 2012 MelW 0

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) — American children’s book author Jan Berenstain has died after suffering a stroke, her son Mike said Monday. She was 88. Berenstain wrote and illustrated the classic Berenstain Bears picture […]

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Climate Change

Lucy Lawless nicked by long arm of law

February 27, 2012 iwishart 0

Actress and climate ingenue Lucy Lawless has found life in the rigging of an oil ship is strictly for the birds. The Greenpeace supporter joined a group that illegally boarded a Shell drilling ship that […]

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New Zealand

Gillard wins, but at what cost?

February 27, 2012 iwishart 0

By Ian Wishart Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has survived a leadership challenge from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, but the damage to the ALP appears terminal. Caucus voted by a two thirds majority in […]

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World

Maid of the Mist loses Niagara contract

February 23, 2012 MelW 0

TORONTO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co., which has run tour boats at Niagara Falls since the 19th century, lost its exclusive contract Wednesday. Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission said it […]

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World

Tokyo quake could be highest intensity

February 23, 2012 MelW 0

TOKYO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Central Tokyo someday could possibly be rocked by an earthquake that registers a 7, the strongest on the Japanese seismic-intensity scale, researchers say. The prediction for a major quake under […]

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USA

Boy, 10, shoots 9-year-old brother

February 21, 2012 MelW 0

JENNINGS, Mo., Feb. 20 (UPI) — A 9-year-old suburban St. Louis boy was recovering Monday after being shot in the back by his 10-year-old brother while they were home alone, authorities said. St. Louis County […]

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USA

Bus driver snoozes, bus goes wild

February 21, 2012 SachaH 0

  LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) —   A Los Angeles city bus driver dozed off, causing the vehicle to careen off of two signs, several trees, a light pole and a bus stop, authorities […]

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Climate Change

Heartland critic: Pot calls kettle black?

February 21, 2012 iwishart 2

OPINION BY IAN WISHART American computer scientist and business consultant John Mashey has been making hay from documents suggesting conservative think tank Heartland has funded climate skeptics. The irony is that the firm Mashey and […]

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New Zealand

Why the Court got it right on Crafar deal

February 15, 2012 iwishart 0

OPINION BY IAN WISHART The High Court ruling on overseas investment promises to be a precedent setter, and not before time. For years, observers of New Zealand’s foreign investment policy have nursed an increasingly nagging […]

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New Zealand

Feminists plan pigtail protest over Prosser book

February 1, 2012 iwishart 0

A group of feminists is threatening a “Pigtail Protest” over the publication of Uncommon Dissent, the newly-released book by New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser. The book, a collection of Prosser’s opinions as an Investigate […]