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Lightning sends 77 cadets to Hospitals
Hospital officials say they are awaiting 77 soldiers who were near a lightning strike at Camp Shelby in southern Mississippi.
Forrest County General Hospital officials did not have information about their conditions. A spokeswoman for the base says there were no fatalities and all personnel were
responsive and stable after the strike on
Mai. Deidre Musgrave said those hurt were Air Force cadets. They were being taken to the hospitals for examination after the lightning strike at about 2 p.m.
Camp Shelby is a joint forces training base near Hattiesburg.
District in spying probe gets 2nd suit
A former suburban Philadelphia high school student was "humiliated and severely emotionally distressed" oy seeing photos and screenshots quietly taken by his school-issued laptop, according to the second federal lawsuit filed against the district over the alleged spying.
Former Harriton High School student joshua Levin sued Lower Merion School District on Monday. The suit claims the district violated Levin's civil rights by taking nearly 8,000 webcam pnotos and screenshots from his laptop between September 2008 and March 2009.
Heat grips much of U.S.; get used to it
The mercury climbed into the 90s across more than half the country Wednesday in an early-June blast of August-like heat, forcing schools with no air conditioning to let kids go home early and cities to open cooling centers. And scientists say we had better get used to it.
A new study from Stanford University says global climate change will lead
Rermanently to unusually ot summers in the coming years.
Temperatures around 90 and higher were recorded across much of the South, the East and the Midwest. By 2 p.m., Washington had tied the record high for the date of 98 degrees, set in 1999, according to preliminary National Weather Service data. The normal high is about 82. Philadelphia was at 94, one degree shy of the record.
OPEC maintains output
Oil prices jump as group keeps production unchanged
By Georgs Jahn
The Associated Press
OPEC unexpectedly left its production levels unchanged Wednesday, causing oil prices to jump, as senior officials said their meeting ended in disarray — a stunning admission for an organization that places a premium on consensus decision making.
OPEC officials said that because of a policy deadlock, the group will maintain present output ceilings with the option of meeting within three months to consider a hike.
"We are unable to reach consensus to ... raise our production," OPEC Secre-
tary General Abdullah Al-Badri told reporters, in comments reflecting unusual tensions in the 12-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Saudi oil minister Ali Naimi called it "one of the worst meetings, we've ever had," while analysts covering OPEC for more than 20 years said they could not remember any other time that the normally closed group had admitted to such divisions in its ranks.
Some even saw the abortive meeting as a harbinger of demise for the organization, which produces more than a third
of the world's petroleum.
"OPEC is... on the point of break-up," said Marc Ostwald of Monument Securities. "A broader perspective is that the post World War II world order is fracturing in a spectacu-lar fashion, be it the EU/Eurozone, the World Bank/IMF, (or) OPEC."
Other experts were less outspoken but agreed Wednesday's outcome would weaken the image of OPEC as a major regulator of oil markets.
"I think there were some tensions," said Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics. "But everyone has to do business and countries have
different views on what the future of demand looks like."
The news caught markets by surprise, sending oil prices sharply higher. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $1.25 to $100.34 per barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange after trading lower ahead of the OPEC meeting.
Saudi Arabia and other influential Gulf nations had pushed to increase production ceilings to calm markets and ease concerns that crude was overpriced for consumer nations struggling with their economies.
Cucumbers draw new attention in Europe
Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities Wednesday as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened over 2,700 others. Two weeks ago, investi-ators blamed cucumbers rom Spain for the outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source.
Then, the focus shifted to sprouts from northern Germany, but none that
were tested turned out to be contaminated with the bacteria strain blamed for the outbreak.
Now, suspicions have fallen on a cucumber of an unknown country origin that sickened a family in eastern Germany.
The cucumber — the first food found to be contaminated with the strain that has sickened thousands — was in the family's compost, but there is no conclusive evidence that it's the source.
"It's unclear whether the cucumber infected the people, or the people the cucumber," said Holger Raech, the spokesman for Saxony Anhalt state's health ministry.
The father of the family had diarrhea, the mother was hospitalized for several days and their 22-year-old daughter is among about 700 people across Europe with a severe complication that can lead to kidney failure.
She has been hospital
ized for almost two weeks.
"The family was sick," Paech said. "So, they could have contaminated the cucumber instead of the other way round."
There has been no reported evidence of humans contaminating vegetables, but the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment maintained that "the finding does not allow any conclusions" because the cucumber had been lying in the compost between May 19 and May 30.
Two new elements added to periodic table
NEW YORK (AP)
They exist for only seconds at most in real life, but they've gained immortality in chemistry: Two new elements have been added to the periodic table.
The elements were recognized by an international committee of chemists and physicists. They're called elements 114 and 116 for now — permanent names and symbols will be chosen later.
You're not likely to run into any of this stuff. Scientists make them in labs by smashing atoms of other elements together to create the new ones.
"Our experiments last for many weeks, and typically, we make an atom every week or so," said chemist Ken Moody of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who's part of the discovery team.
In contrast to more familiar elements like carbon, gold and tin, the new ones are short-lived. Atoms of 114 disintegrate within a few seconds, while 116 disappears in just a fraction of a second, Moody said.
Both elements were discovered by a collabora
tion of scientists from Livermore and Russia. They made them by smashing calcium ions into atoms of plutonium or another element, curium. The official recognition, announced last week, cites experiments done in 2004 and 2006.
In the periodic table, the number of an element refers to the number of protons in the nucleus of an individual atom. Leading the list is hydrogen (H) with one. Sodium (Na) has 11, Iron (Fe) has 26, and silver (Ag) has 47.
In the past 250 years, new elements have been added to the table about once every 2 1/2 years on average, said Raul Karol of Carnegie Mellon University.
He chaired the committee that recognized the new elements.
Despite the number 116, the new additions bring the total number of recognized elements to just 114.
Woman, 96, confesses to ’46 murder in the Netherlands
A murder mystery has been solved — 65 years later — with the confession of a 96-year-old woman.
The 1946 killing of Felix Gulje, the head of a construction company who at the time was being considered for a high political post, roiled the Netherlands, and the failure to find the assassin became a point of contention among polit
On Wednesday, the mayor of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, said a woman has confessed to the killing, saying it hap-enea in the mistaken elief that Gulje had collaborated with the Nazis.
Lenferink said he received a letter from the woman on jan. 1. Two subsequent interviews with her and a review of archives persuaded him that her story was true.
Bin Laden's No. 2:
U.S. will be destroyed
Osama bin Laden's deputy warned Wednesday that America faces not individual terrorists or groups but an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy it and its allies.
He was Associated Press delivering a 28-minute videotaped eulogy to slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Tribesmen seize part of Yemen city
Armed opposition tribesmen have seized control of part of Yemenis second-largest city, securi-
3' officials said Wednes-ay, illustrating the breakdown of authority in the country amid a potentially explosive deadlock in the capital.
With the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of the country for treatment, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni opposition are pressing for a formal end to his rule and the formation of a new government.
Teen shot, dangled from bridge
A kicking, screaming teenager with a gunshot wound, was found dangling from a rope over a busy highway Wednesday in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.
Police said another man alongside him was dead by the time rescuers arrived and a third was found dead below.
Witnesses told police that a group of gunmen descended from a vehicle and hanged the men off a bridge around 10 a.m., stopping traffic along one of the busiest routes in Mexico's third-largest city.
Monterrey has been plagued by drug-gang violence.
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