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Strong Earthquake Rattles El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - A strong earthquake rattled El Salvador on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damages were immediately reported.

The 5.7-magnitude quake was centered about 20 miles off the country's Pacific coast, off Playa El Espino in Usulutan province, according to the country's seismological service.


Worst is yet to come, US hurricane chief says

MIAMI - If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves -- its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops -- was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.

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Vietnam flood toll rises to 42

HANOI - Flooding, landslides and lightning have killed 15 people and left one missing since Friday night in Vietnam, bringing the country's toll in a week of torrential rain to 42, reports said on Sunday.

Thousands have been evacuated to higher ground as water levels in the northern region's main rivers were expected to continue rising with more rainfall forecast for the coming week, state media quoted a government report as saying.

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Ethiopia flood misery deepens as rains threaten dams

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia braced for more damage from deadly nationwide flash floods as the government warned that unusually heavy seasonal rains could force the release of water from dangerously swollen dams.

A task force set up to deal with flooding crises that have affected nearly 75,000 people said three dams in the west, south and north of the country were close to the breaking point and advised residents in their vicinities to leave.

It said that, although controlled, the release of water from the threatened dams on the Omo, Awash and Blue Nile rivers could compound devastation from floods that have already killed at least 626 people in the south, east and north.


Rare Natural Events Photographed on Oregon Coast

It happened at two geographically divergent points on the Oregon coast - and it happened in two different realms of the scientific world.

A woman in Seaside captured a photograph of the glowing sands phenomenon, and a man in Newport snapped a picture of the "green flash" at sunset - both events rare in this region. Both have given Oregon's coastal tourism industry much to talk about for a time, with events so singular and odd they verge on the paranormal.

In early August, Tiffany Boothe, with the Seaside Aquarium, embarked on a minor journey of discovery on the beaches of Gearhart after dusk to try and spot the "glowing sands" event and take photos of it.


Men and women dream differently

MEN may be from Mars and women from Venus but when both are in the land of Nod they're still worlds apart.

A Welsh dream expert has confirmed what many already suspected that the differences between the sexes continue even while asleep.

Dr Mark Blagrove, a reader in psychology at Swansea University, has studied 100,000 people's dream experiences as part of a nationwide survey. It showed that a typical married couple sleeping side by side would have completely different types of dream, often at the same time.


Chocolatiers see image of Virgin Mary in lump

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - As a chocolatier to the rich and famous, Martucci Angiano has posed with many celebrities.But on Thursday she held in her hand a figure that dazzles her more than any Hollywood star: a 2-inch-tall column of chocolate drippings that workers at her gourmet chocolate company believe bears a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary.

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China touts initial success with first AIDS vaccine

BEIJING - China said initial test results of its firstAIDS vaccine showed it could protect people against theHIV virus.

None of the participants in the clinical trial's first phase showed severe adverse reactions after 180 days and some showed immunity to the HIV-1 virus 15 days after receiving the vaccine, the State Food and Drug Administration said.

"Initially, this indicates the vaccine is effective in stimulating the body's immunity," the administration said in a statement on its website.

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Pakistani flood toll at least 15

KARACHI - Pakistan's biggest city declared a public holiday on Friday as it cleaned up from heavy flooding that killed at least 15 people and more rain was expected, officials said.

Banks and the stock market in Karachi would remain open despite the holiday declared by the provincial government.

Most of the 15 people killed in the floods on Thursday were electrocuted while some were killed in traffic accidents during heavy downpours, an emergency service official said.


60 missing after volcano erupts in Ecuador

QUITO - About sixty people have been missing and 13 others were injured after southern Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted violently, unleashing its highest level of activity since 1999, a local official said.

"The situation is indescribable. There are approximately 60 people missing in the highest-risk area, as well as seven wounded people who were taken to the city of Riobamba and six others wounded in Penipe," Penipe Mayor Juan Salazar told Ecuavisa television on Thursday.

The mayor said the areas were affected by lava and flames from the 5,029-meter (16,499-foot) volcano, located just 135 kilometers (83 miles) south of Quito.

"There was a very powerful explosion this morning, which produced incandescent rocks, ash and lava that devastated several areas," Salazar said.