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Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

PRATO, Italy (AP) — The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time.
The fire station is two minutes from th ... (full story)


Colleges duck public records law via corporations

Colleges duck public records law via corporations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The business of Florida's 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records are supposed to be subject to Florida's expansive Sunshine Law, which mandates that most government actions be open to scrutiny.
But ... (full story)


Soprano triumphs as bloodthirsty Lady M

Soprano triumphs as bloodthirsty Lady M

NEW YORK (AP) — When Anna Netrebko asked her fiance what he thought of her performance as the murderous Lady Macbeth in Verdi's operatic version of Shakespeare, she says, "He got very quiet."
"I asked him what was the matter, and he (tenor Yusif Eyvazov) said, 'I just saw a completely different woman,'" ... (full story)


Airstrikes not end threat from Syrian terror cell

Airstrikes not end threat from Syrian terror cell

WASHINGTON (AP) — The barrage of U.S. cruise missiles last month aimed at a Syrian terrorist cell killed just one or two key militants, according to American intelligence officials who say the group of veteran al-Qaida fighters is still believed to be plotting attacks against U.S. and European targets.
The strikes on a com ... (full story)


Fish seem to have weathered 3rd summer of drought

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's fish were certainly affected but on the whole appear to have weathered a third summer of drought without any serious crash in population.
While some die-offs occurred, trout in the region's rivers and streams, lakes and reservoirs made it to the fall season in relatively good shape, biologists re ... (full story)