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Calgary: Snow woes melt

Wednesday night's dump of snow won't last long as the mercury returns to above zero.

Broken branches, downed power lines, a thick blanket of slush and a wind chill that made temperatures feel like minus six welcomed Calgarians as they trudged into work this morning.

"The 23rd is the beginning of our usual frost-free period. Normally we're into no more snow, no more freezing temperatures," said Global TV weather expert Paul Dunphy. "But we do still get the occasional big blast of snow into May."


Wyoming: Snow in June!

Snow, heavy rain and strong wind caused travel problems in parts of Wyoming today.

Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and forced highway officials to close a section of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell.

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Calgarians cope with severe storm

As residents and city crews begin the cleanup in earnest, the City of Calgary has served notice it will seek provincial cash to deal with the estimated $10 million in damage in the wake of Tuesday's rainstorm and floods.

Wednesday revealed the first clear signs of the storm's impact -- flooded basements, clogged pathways and even rolled-up pavement.

The city, anticipating millions in repair costs for damage to roads, homes and other infrastructure, will look to the Alberta government for a financial bailout.

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Colorado: Mountain winds reach 100 mph, topple trees

100 mile an hour winds toppled trees

SUMMIT COUNTY - While wind gusts were blustery on the Front Range, in the high country they were devastating as they swept through mixing with snow fall.

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Cat Invasion Due to Global Warming

Droves of cats and kittens are swarming into animal shelters nationwide, and global warming is to blame, according to one pet adoption group.

Several shelters operated by a national adoption organization called Pets Across America reported a 30 percent increase in intakes of cats and kittens from 2005 to 2006, and other shelters across the nation have reported similar spikes of stray, owned and feral cats.

The cause of this feline flood is an extended cat breeding season thanks to the world's warming temperatures, according to the group, which is one of the country's oldest and largest animal welfare organizations.

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Cyclone Gonu Blamed for 23 Deaths Near Oman

Cyclone Gonu battered Oman's coast Thursday, flooding highways and tearing down trees and power lines but sparing the region's oil industry. At least 23 people were killed in deaths related to the cyclone - a rarity in the Middle East.

But as Gonu headed from Oman to the southeastern Iranian coast, it continued to lose steam, weakening to tropical storm strength, according to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Oil analysts said the weakening storm's effect on the market was minimal.

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100 mph winds in Denver area (no cracked jet windshields at DIA)

KUSA - After very strong winds along the Front Range on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the wind will finally start decreasing Thursday afternoon.

Wind gusts over 100 mph were recorded Wednesday evening northwest of Berthoud. This is the equivalent of a Category Two Hurricane.

Comment: Shockingly enough, not one cracked jet windshield was reported - hmmm - sort of throws a monkey wrench in the official explanation for the 13 cracked windshields on February 16th of this year. Go here for that story.

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Cyclone Gonu weakens to a storm on way to Iran

DUBAI - Cyclone Gonu waned into a storm as it passed into a major oil shipping route toward Iran on Thursday, but killed 28 people and left a trail of destruction that halted Oman's oil and gas exports for a third day.

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Psychopathic games: Outrage over 'cane toad golf'

A Queensland council has been condemned by the RSPCA for encouraging its residents to splatter cane toads with golf clubs.

Townsville City Council produced several hundred beer stubby holders carrying slogans promoting local activities including "cane toad golf", as part of a recently launched advertising campaign.

The $270,000 campaign is designed to showcase "all the great things about Townsville and the people who live here", a council spokeswoman said.

Other slogans on the beer coolers include "cold beer on a hot summer's day" and "bagging a barra" (barramundi).

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the merchandise encourages animal cruelty.


A 6.1-magnitude quake hits near Papua New Guinea

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck in the Bismarck Sea near Papua New Guinea on Thursday but it was unlikely to generate a tsunami, a spokesman for the country's Geological Survey said.