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Uruguay struck by worst floods in decades

Geneva- Up to 110,000 people have been affected by the
worst floods in Uruguay since 1959, with more torrential rain
forecast, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported Friday.
Some 12,000 people have been forced to leave their homes with this number expected to rise. Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Comment: The generosity knows no bounds. $30,000 or 25 cents per person in relief supplies.

Had this happened in a Western country, that number might just have looked a tad different.


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Cyprus Airways plane hit by lightning

A Cyprus Airways (CY) flight to Athens was forced to abort and return to Larnaca airport yesterday morning after its right engine was struck by lightning.

The Airbus A319, carrying 118 passengers and seven crew, took off from Larnaca at 9.30am and was struck by lightening over Paphos. As a precaution, the captain decided to turn the plane around and head back to Larnaca.

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Update: Atlantic's first named storm forms early

The first named storm of the year formed Wednesday off the southeastern U.S. coast, more than three weeks before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said.

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Subtropical storm Andrea, the first named storm of the year, off Florida and Georgia at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.

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Record-breaking heat seizes Bay Area

Its a hot one.

San Franciscans sizzled on Monday in 88-degree heat. At SFO, temperatures came in at 93 degrees, almost 30 degrees warmer than the average high temperature for this time of year, said George Cline, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

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State kills 20,000 more trout to combat parasite

The state Department of Natural Resources destroyed 20,000 hatchery trout today, bringing to at least 156,000 the number of fish the agency has destroyed this year in hopes of curbing the spread of whirling disease, an illness fatal to trout.

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Update: Arctic Seal Dies After Swimming to Fla.

An Arctic seal found in a Fort Lauderdale canal - far from its habitat near the North Pole - died Tuesday, a day after it was captured.

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Higher chance of Gulf Coast hurricane in '07

There is an above-average chance that a major hurricane will hit the U.S. Gulf Coast this year, marking a possible return to the destructive seasons of 2004 and 2005, leading storm forecasters predicted on Tuesday.

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Strong earthquake in Zakynthos, Greece

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the Ionian island of Zakynthos early yesterday, according to the Athens Observatory, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

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L.A. fire explodes, races through park

Firefighters struggled Tuesday night to contain wind-whipped flames that scorched hundreds of acres in Griffith Park, forced the evacuation of some of Los Angeles' best-known landmarks and raced toward hillside homes in Los Feliz, prompting a hasty evacuation.

A wall of flames raced across ridges and jumped fire lines late in the evening as the fire drew closer to homes and the Griffith Observatory.

Hundreds of firefighters and five water-dropping helicopters rushed to Los Angeles' landmark park - a mix of wilderness, cultural venues, horse and hiking trails and recreational facilities set on more than 4,000 acres on the hills between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

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Earthquake shakes Montana, felt in Idaho

An earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.6 struck Western Montana at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday morning and the shaking was felt as far away as Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah, according to data from the United States Geological Survey.