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Great Lakes are still almost half frozen, potentially causing long-term effects

Great Lakes frozenEnvironmental scientists are concerned that since 37.1 percent of the Great Lakes are still frozen, it could negatively affect the regional environment.

The still-frozen waters are causing the fish in the lakes to delay spawning, and the ducks to die at an alarming rate due to the inability to dive in the water for food. The shores are also seeing large amounts of ice pile up, as large chunks are pushed onto them by high winds.

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7.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico City

Mexico soity earthquakeA powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

An Associated Press reporter said it was felt strongly in the resort city but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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At least 12 killed in avalanche on Mount Everest

Mt. EverestAt least 12 Sherpa guides were killed and three seriously wounded Friday in the single deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest.

Nearly a 100 Sherpas and climbers are now trapped above the avalanche site, which is above base camp but just below “Camp 2″. The avalanche which came crashing down the slopes, along a particularly hazardous route, swept away 25 people. Authorities have rescued eight people and are still looking for five missing Sherpas.

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Robert Parry: Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

east ukraineThe acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

On Tuesday, Andriy Parubiy, head of the Ukrainian National Security Council, went on Twitter to declare, “Reserve unit of National Guard formed #Maidan Self-defense volunteers was sent to the front line this morning.” Parubiy was referring to the neo-Nazi militias that provided the organized muscle that overthrew Yanukovych, forcing him to flee for his life. Some of these militias have since been incorporated into security forces as “National Guard.”

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Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Michale RuppertNationally known author Michael Ruppert died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calistoga where he had lived for a few months on a friend’s property. He was 63.

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer who later became a political activist, Ruppert was found dead Sunday on a property in the 1100 block of Tubbs Lane, where he had been staying in a trailer for a few months, according to information from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and business partner Wesley T. Miller of Lake Oswego, Ore.

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U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

US special forces suicides Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat."

The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past two years, said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command.

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Scientists Discover 'Earth-Like' Planet

earth-like planet discoveredLife on Earth might not be alone.

Scientists have discovered a rocky, Earth-sized planet that might also be home to water – a critical component for life as we know it.

The planet, Kepler-186f, is the fifth and outermost world orbiting a slow-burning, red-dwarf sun known as Kepler-186. It’s about 500 light years away from Earth, making it invisible to the naked eye.

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The tea party radio network

tea party radioGlenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.

But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.

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Drought in California may impact food prices

California droughttProduce and dairy prices may be rising this summer because of the severe drought in California.

Purdue Agriculture Economist Corinne Alexander said California depends on snow during the winter months for water supply in the summer. The drought limited the amount of snow, which may bring problems to California farmers.

“In areas where farmers don’t have anywhere near as much access to water, they’re having to make really hard decisions about what to not plant. We’re seeing lots of farmers in California choosing to leave fields fallow where they’re not planting anything at all,” Alexander explained.

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