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Moderate quake shakes eastern Turkey

A moderate earthquake shook eastern Turkey Sunday, the Anatolia news agency reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, was centered in Agri province, bordering Armenia, about 530 miles east of Ankara, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bizarro Earth

Australians face snake invasion

Australian wildlife officials warn that a serious drought is driving tens of thousands of snakes into urban areas.


Bamboozling! Heights mystery smell solved!

The Stoop is accustomed to sniffing out stories - but this is ridiculous.

A foul smell reminiscent of an over-capacity sewage treatment plant on a rainy day wafted over Brooklyn Heights early this week, prompting residents to wonder if every toilet in the neighborhood had spontaneously combusted.

The truth was much more down to earth.

Comment: Believe this one and I've got some great ocean-front property in Arizona to sell...

Bizarro Earth

Dead ducks a mystery to officials

Ducks are dying at the Metro Wastewater treatment facility in Denver and officials want to know why.

Over the past two weeks 200 ducks have been found dead in the treatment plant's chlorine contact basin and wastewater officials have summoned the help of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help figure out what's happening.

Cloud Lightning

New winter storm stalks Southern Plains

EL PASO, Texas - A storm carrying the threat of more snow and ice moved across the Southern Plains on Friday as more than 100,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark from earlier blasts of cold, wet weather.

Winter storm warnings covered much of New Mexico and parts of Texas and Oklahoma, with a half-foot to more than a foot of snow and sleet expected. In Texas, 90 National Guard members were activated.

Cloud Lightning

Europe counts cost of storms as stricken freighter is beached

Salvage crews were beaching a badly holed, waterlogged British freighter carrying hazardous cargo while Europe counted the cost of the deadly storms that battered the continent earlier in the week.

Tens of thousands of homes across Europe were still without power on Saturday.


Mild winter rattles Russians

Psychiatrists warn lack of cold, sun, snow lead some into depression

Bizarro Earth

Prince Charles's "sacrifice" - what a joke!

Prince Charles, criticised for booking a trans-Atlantic flight to collect an environmental award, has cancelled a ski trip to Switzerland to reduce greenhouse gases, a palace source said on Saturday.

The decision not to take the annual holiday in Klosters was made some time ago and was part of the heir-to-throne's commitment to reduce his "carbon footprint", the source said.

Better Earth

Sex and the seahorse

They are among the most graceful and intriguing animals of the ocean and their strictly monogamous lifestyle breaks one of the golden rules of biology - it is the male rather than the female who is left holding the baby.

Scientists have unravelled another mystery of the seahorse and in the process discovered that these unusual fish may be more vulnerable to environmental pollution than was previously believed.

Bizarro Earth

One third of fish species in Yellow River dead

Human encroachment, pollution, overfishing and dam-building have killed one third of fish species in the Yellow River, China's second-longest waterway. Its increasingly desperate plight is also threatening economic growth.

The mighty Yellow River once made its away along 3,395 miles through nine provinces, supplying water to more than 150 million people and watering 15 per cent of China's scarce agricultural land.