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Ukraine crisis: Official says ‘anti-terrorist operation has started’

 Ukrainian forces launched an “anti-terrorist operation” Sunday after pro-Russian gunmen seized buildings in the eastern part of the nation, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook account on Sunday. Avakov posted: “Anti-terrorist operation has started in Slaviansk. It is managed by Anti-terrorist Center of the Security Service of Ukraine. All the law enforcement […] Continue reading →

More states studying Experian Data breach Some 200 million social security Numbers

 Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations. Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, chided the company, saying she was concerned it had changed its explanation […] Continue reading →

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Los Angeles

 A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Los Angeles on Friday, rattling a wide swath of Southern California, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury from the temblor, centered outside suburban La Habra, about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. “However the […] Continue reading →

Washington landslide death toll doubles to 8

 Searchers found five more bodies Sunday in the tangled sludge of a massive landslide in rural Washington state, bringing the death toll to at least eight from the wall of debris that swept through a small riverside neighborhood. Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the […] Continue reading →

Putin Deports Executives for Speeding as Sanctions Loom

 Even before the Ukraine standoff, foreign companies in Russia say they were alarmed by the number of executives being deported for minor infractions. Now with the West preparing sanctions, they’re bracing for more. Almost 1,000 people from countries outside the former Soviet Union have had their work visas revoked for committing two or more “administrative […] Continue reading →

Washington red-faced after top US diplomat caught on tape saying �f*** the EU�

times of India  KIEV, Ukraine: The United States tried to contain fallout on Friday from a leaked phone conversation in which a top diplomat uses the f-word regarding the European Union’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine. The embarrassing diplomatic incident comes as Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was due to hold crisis talks with Russian counterpart and ally Vladimir Putin on […] Continue reading →

NY police: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Heroin didn’t have additive

 Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, a police official said Tuesday. Samples taken from Hoffman’s Manhattan apartment didn’t contain the potent synthetic morphine, which is added to intensify the high and has […] Continue reading →

Enrichment disputes hamper Iran nuclear deal

 Nearly seven weeks after signing a landmark nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers hope to reach an agreement this week on its implementation. But differences over Tehran’s push to improve its uranium enrichment abilities could delay its enactment and strengthen critics of the accord in Washington and Tehran. Both sides say agreement is possible […] Continue reading →

Some states confirm water pollution from drilling

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The Associated Press requested data […] Continue reading →