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Yovanna Guzman: Love and Luxuries with Columbian Drug Lords

How Far Will You Go? How far will some women go to get the luxurious materials in life? Would they go through great sacrifice just to get dazzling diamonds and fancy cars? In this tale of love and money, a woman shares her story after living the past eight years of her life with one
Opryland Hotel Atrium

Opryland Hotel flooding damage beyond measure

The results of the Tennessee flooding of the Cumberland River, especially the Opryland Hotel flooding, have closed the area that is virtually the heart of Nashville. The Opryland Hotel is part of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, a large resort complex including retail stores and several atria, all next door to the Grand
oil washed up on an ocean beach

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010: BP reports progress

Progress was reported Thursday in the effort to contain the Gulf oil spill 2010, which is leaking an estimated 210,000 gallons a day. A BP oil spill spokesman said one of three leaks had been plugged. With two leaks remaining, a four-story, 98-ton containment dome is en route to the site and another is being
Home of Emcore

Emcore Fiber Optics in Albuquerque attacked by armed gunman

At 9 a.m. local time in Albuquerque, a 911 call reported a shooter at Emcore Fiber Optics. Reports are still mixed as to how many employees were injured or killed by the Emcore shooter. Classified as a “domestic dispute in the workplace,” this act of violence does not appear to be related to Emcore’s business
Checking methane levels in a coal mine

Montcoal West Virginia mine explosion | Massey Energy questioned

Tuesday morning, the search for survivors in the Montcoal, West Virginia mine explosion was called off. Mine owner Massey Energy is one of the nation’s largest coal producers, and Massey Energy had been repeatedly cited for safety violations at the site of the Montcoal, WV mine explosion. The small town of Montcoal, WV relies mostly
Online payday loans may come in handy with the Florida oil spill.

You might need online payday loans after the Florida oil spill

It is safe to say that the extent of damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be far-reaching, but to think you might need online payday loans because of the spill is a little strange, right? Wrong. Obviously, the environment and ecosystem of the Gulf will be hard hit, but we forget how
silhouette of grounded fishing boat

BP pays off fishermen as oil spill destroys sea life

The BP oil leak has sidelined fishermen as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico rages. BP has been cutting checks to settle claims for a Gulf fishing industry in limbo, but those payments are a drop in the bucket compared to the oil spill cleanup costs BP has incurred so far. About 65

iPhone available from Verizon starting February 10

Verizon carries the iPhone now, and this time it isn’t a rumor or a hoax. This time it’s for real, as a recent Verizon press conference confirmed it was happening and almost ready for launch. The Verizon iPhone release date is set for Feb. 10, and orders can be placed starting Feb.3. iPhone from Verizon
Bowe Bergdahl captured in afghanistan

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Taliban captive, seen on new video

Bowe Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier from Hailey, Idaho, who was captured in summer 2009 by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl appeared in footage contained in a video released this week by the Taliban. Bergdahl’s captors had threatened to kill him shortly after his capture, but a former Taliban captive believes the Army private is
oil slick reaching rocky shoreline

2010 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico worsens

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010, which reached the shoreline Friday, could be one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Thursday cleanup officials determined the oil spill leaking from the wellhead is five times worse than first thought. Following the explosion and sinking of an oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast
Superhero costume

More real life superheroes donning costumes to fight crime

Over the past few years, there has been a rising number of real-life comic book style superheroes. Real people are putting on costumes and going out to perform charitable works and try to fight crime. Costumed crusaders were the subject of “Superheroes,” a documentary that was shown at the Slamdance Film Festival. Caped crusaders break
A young boy playing the Mouse Trap game, set up on the floor

Rube Goldberg machines: from OK Go to the Times Square bomb

Rube Goldberg has become one of the hottest topics on the web in a way that would make the late artist and inventor Rube Goldberg proud. Rube Goldberg became a sensation all the way back in the 1930s, creating complex machines using chain reactions to perform simple tasks. He’s a household name again, at least
A sandy beach at Key West, Florida

Key West tarballs not from gulf, but BP oil leak heads to Florida

Tarballs showed up at Key West beaches as a preview of coming attractions for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said traces of the BP oil leak are starting to enter the Gulf of Mexico loop current, which could carry the oil spill to Florida in
Lake Forest Illinois Library

Grace Groner, the secret millionaire, donates her fortune

She is known as “the secret millionaire who donated her fortune”, but during her life Grace Groner was just the wonderfully kind and older lady next door. Much of her adult life, this secret millionaire lived in a one-bedroom home and lived extremely frugally. When she died, she left her estate to her alma mater.
soldiers in afghanistan on a ridge surveying the terrian below

Wikileaks documents paint a grim picture of the Afghanistan war

Wikileaks, the controversial news website founded by Julian Assange, released 92,000 classified documents containing sensitive information about the war in Afghanistan. In what is being called one of the biggest stories in recent years, Wikileaks gave the classified documents to the New York Times in the U.S., The Guardian in Britain and Der Spiegel in

Montcoal mine explosion and other mining disasters

The West Virginia mine explosion is one of the worst mining disasters in living memory, and a mine explosion such as the Montcoal mine explosion takes a lot of fast cash to clear up.  Coal mining is a dangerous trade with a long and rich history in the U.S. and worldwide. Coal dust is volatile
New Haven Explosives Homemade bombs

Homemade bombs false alarm | New Haven explosives were fireworks

In New Haven, Conn., a 26-year old man is being questioned about explosives. The New Haven Explosives, which have been erroneously called homemade bombs, were found Wednesday night. No charges have been filed, as the “homemade bombs” found may have actually been fireworks. Reports of smoke led to New Haven explosives called ‘homemade bombs’ On