The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook Ohio University and other areas of southern Ohio at 12:59 p.m. The earthquake’s epicenter was almost 5 miles deep and about 2 1/2 miles east-southeast of Nelsonville in Athens County.
The agency’s website received reports of the tremor being felt principally in southern Ohio and into West Virginia, with some people in the Columbus area also reporting that they felt the shake.
There were no reports of damage. The Richter Scale, which is used to rate the intensity of earthquakes, indicates that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake is noticeable indoors but typically does not cause damage.
Crispy French fries and crunchy potato chips were never health foods, what with all the calories, fat and salt. But consumers just got a reminder that there's one more thing to worry about when they indulge in such foods: a chemical called acrylamide that might cause cancer.
For more than a decade, scientists have known that acrylamide forms when potatoes, cereal grains and some other plant foods are browned through frying, baking or roasting. That means it shows up in fries, chips, breakfast cereals, toasted bread, cookies, crackers and even coffee. Studies show the chemical can cause cancer in rodents at high doses. In humans, the cancer risk remains unclear, but health agencies around the world are concerned and calling for more study.
It won't happen in time for shoppers to fill their Christmas stockings, but it's sure to provide a little holiday buzz nevertheless: The nation's first retail marijuana stores --- more than 100 of them --- are expected to open in Colorado on Jan. 1.
So far, the star of the show is Annie’s, currently a medical marijuana outlet in Central City and the recipient of the first local recreational license on Thursday. That means Annie's will be allowed to expand its pot sales to all adults 21 and older, not just medical patients.
Canada is blessed with 3 million lakes, more than any country on Earth -- and it may soon start manufacturing new ones. They’re just not the kind that will attract anglers or tourists.
The oil sands industry is in the throes of a major expansion, powered by C$20 billion ($19 billion) a year in investments. Companies including Syncrude Canada Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. affiliate Imperial Oil Ltd. are running out of room to store the contaminated water that is a byproduct of the process used to turn bitumen -- a highly viscous form of petroleum -- into diesel and other fuels.
An explosion in a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline killed 35 people in Qingdao in eastern China on Friday, causing a blaze that took several hours to bring under control and halting operations at a major oil port, media and ship brokers said.
Qingdao is one of China's largest crude oil import terminals, supplying at least two major Sinopec refineries -- the Qingdao plant and Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Corp -- as well as many small, independent refineries.
A Chinese trader said the explosion would disrupt crude flows into China as the blast involved a major pipeline supplying several refineries.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Friday the Pentagon's first Arctic strategy to guide changes in military planning as rapidly thawing ice reshapes global commerce and energy exploration, possibly raising tensions along the way.
Ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank last year to its lowest levels since satellite observations began in the 1970s, and many experts expect it will vanish in summers by mid-century due to climate change.
A UN maritime tribunal has ordered Russia to free a Greenpeace vessel and 30 people detained after an oil drilling protest in the Arctic.
The court in the German city of Hamburg said a bond of 3.6 million euros ($5m) should be posted. But a Russian statement issued after the ruling said the Hamburg tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case.
The Arctic Sunrise and its crew were detained two months ago. All but one of those held have now been granted bail.
A federal appeals court denied both the city’s bid to throw out Judge Shira Scheindlin’s controversial stop-and-frisk ruling and her request to personally defend her decision.
The five-page Friday decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found there was no reason — for now — to vacate Scheindlin’s finding in the legal fight over the police procedure. The three-judge panel didn’t expand on the reasoning for its terse ruling.
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