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July was hottest month ever for continental U.S.: NOAA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – July was the hottest month in the continental United States on record, beating the hottest month in the devastating Dust Bowl summer of 1936, the U.S. government reported on Wednesday. It was also the warmest January-to-July period since modern record-keeping began in 1895, and the warmest 12-month period, eclipsing the last record set just a month ago, the National Oceanic and...

Gunman in Sikh temple shooting named, linked to racist groups

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a U.S. Army veteran, military sources said on Monday, and a monitor of extremists said he had links to hate groups. A law enforcement source identified the tall, bald, white gunman as Wade Michael Page, 40. The gunman shot dead six people and seriously wounded three, including a police officer, at the Sikh Temple...

Drought worsens in spite of rain in the Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The historic drought experienced by the United States has worsened this week in the Midwest and the American Great Plains, noted climate experts in a study published Thursday. These areas provide the majority of corn, soybeans and livestock produced by the United States. About 30% of the nine states that make up the Midwest suffered from extreme drought between 17 and 24 July, three times...

President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado

AURORA, Colo. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado movie theater shooting victims on Sunday as the town of Aurora mourned the 12 who died. Obama joined local officials and residents in refusing to utter the name of the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes. Police say Holmes, 24, was dressed in body armor and toting three guns when he opened fire at a midnight...

Colorado police plan to enter shooting suspect’s booby-trapped home

AURORA, Colo. (Reuters) – Colorado authorities are preparing a series of “controlled detonations” in the booby-trapped apartment of the 24-year-old student accused of going on a shooting rampage in a crowded movie theater during a showing of the new “Batman” film, police said on Saturday. Dozens of law enforcement officials are at the Aurora, Colorado, apartment of suspect James...

Cost of riding New York City taxi to jump 17 percent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a 17 percent fare hike on Thursday, said Allan Fromberg, a spokesman for the commission. The change will take effect in September. The hike will impact mileage and time spent in traffic, while the $2.50 base fare will remain the same. The cost of a ride to John F. Kennedy International Airport from midtown Manhattan will rise from...

Parachute jump at age 90

PITTSFIELD, USA – Lester Slate American who had learned to use a parachute in the Second World War has finally had the opportunity to make his first jump at the venerable age of 90. On Sunday Lester Slate jumped in tandem in Maine, accompanied by another skydiver who was holding an American flag. He had decided to offer this special gift for his 90th birthday, under the eyes of fifty families. He told the...

The heat wave claimed at least 30 deaths in the U.S.

Philadelphia – The eastern half of the United States is affected by the heat wave that killed at least 30 dead in recent days. Saturday, temperatures are mounted to a record 40.5 degrees Celsius in Washington, 41 degrees in St. Louis and 40 in Indianapolis. At least 30 deaths were attributed to this wave of intense heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly elderly. Three elderly people found...

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