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Black Death Confirmed As Bubonic Plague

HAMILTON, Ontario, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Black Death that decimated the population of Europe in the 14th century was definitely caused by bubonic plague, a DNA analysis of medieval bones has shown. While some researchers have suggested the epidemic was in fact caused by a virus such as Ebola, the analysis of DNA from […]

Twin Spacecraft Prepared For Moon Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) — NASA says final preparations are under way for a launch of twin satellites intended to study the moon in greater detail than ever before. The space agency’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission is set for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station […]

Britain Had Cool Summer

LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The summer of 2011 was the coolest in Britain in almost two decades, preliminary figures reported Tuesday by the Meteorological Office showed. The summer was also wetter than usual, The Independent reported. Meteorologists said rainfall from Aug. 1 to Aug. 29 was at 126 percent of normal, while sunshine was […]

Gold Mine Backers Hail Romania President

ROSIA MONTANA, Romania, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Supporters of an effort to build a one of the world’s biggest gold mines in Romania say they’re encouraged by the public backing of President Traian Basescu. A pro-mining industry and trade group said Monday it is thrilled with comments made last week by Basescu, who seemed to […]

Keystone Rally Leaves Hundreds Arrested

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Phil Radford, executive directer of Greenpeace USA, was among hundreds of people arrested Tuesday in front of the White House protesting a heavy crude pipeline. Radford, Hollywood actress Darryl Hannah, and hundreds of others were arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, planned by TransCanada. Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of […]

CO2 Oilfield Experiment Has Good Results

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A study found that injecting a greenhouse gas into older oilfields could squeeze out millions more barrels of crude, the U.S. Department of Energy said. The DOE said the results reported by the University of Kansas established the feasibility of using carbon dioxide to extend the productivity of U.S. oilfields […]

Baby Hawks To Be Released Into Wild

NOBLE, Okla., Aug. 29 (UPI) — More than 200 baby hawks saved from heat and drought in Oklahoma will be released back into the wild in September, wildlife rescuers say. The Mississippi kites were found abandoned after jumping from their nests due to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain reported. Rescuers […]

Abuses Uncovered At Zimbabwe Diamond Field

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Members of the Kimberly Process are turning a blind eye to rampant abuses at Zimbabwe’s diamond mines, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch discovered that, through a six-month investigation, police and private security guards working at the Marange diamond field shot, beat and unleashed attack dogs on […]

EU Considers Syrian Oil Embargo

BRUSSELS, Aug. 30 (UPI) — An oil embargo targeting Syria is expected to become reality within the next few days from the members of the European Union, diplomats said. Syria has exported most of its crude oil to European countries. The 150,000 barrels of crude exported each day provide Damascus with around 30 percent of […]

Libya Running Out Of Water

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — UNICEF is working in war-torn Libya to make up for a water shortage, which the aid agency said could lead to serious health problems if it continues. Fuel shortages and sporadic fighting mean water must be carried from the pipeline sending water to millions of people in Tripoli, Benghazi […]

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