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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...

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...

Independence Day, the history of the festival

The Independence Day is the American holiday celebrated on the occasion of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776, representatives of thirteen colonies signed in establishing the Philadelphia City Council document proclaiming the United States independent of the British Empire. It became obvious that the break with the metropolis was inevitable after the start in April 1775, the armed struggle...

Heat wave clings to eastern U.S. amid power outages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Much of the eastern United States sweltered under oppressive heat for at least the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms that took a dozen lives and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers. Emergencies were declared in Washington D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia on Saturday because of damage from overnight storms, which unleashed hurricane-force...

High Court upholds key part of Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants on Monday, rejecting the Obama administration’s stance that only the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws in the United States. The nation’s highest court, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, unanimously upheld the state law’s most controversial aspect, requiring...

Fire in Colorado: Thousands of evacuees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Thousands of Colorado residents were evacuated from their homes because of wildfires that devastated part of this current state of the western United States. Colorado has not seen such fires over the past ten years. Some hotels and campgrounds located in risk areas are deserted. Eleven thousand inhabitants, as well as tourists, have particularly been ordered to evacuate near Colorado...

Florida shooter George Zimmerman returns to jail

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the Florida killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, returned to jail on Sunday after a court revoked his bond and ordered him back into custody. Zimmerman, who had been free on a $150,000 bond and hiding in an undisclosed location, arrived at the Sanford County jail in a white police mini-van shortly before...

Memorial Day in United States

WASHINGTON - In the U.S., Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May. The holiday honors members of the military who died in service to their country, Americans celebrate Memorial Day,in May 28. On Monday the U.S. president, Barack Obama will visit in Arlington Cemetery, a suburbof Washington, to attend a memorial service. In a message to all regional and local government of his...

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