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Britain: Two people catch tuberculosis from pet cat PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:22

LONDON (AP) — England's public health agency says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat, the first time the bacterial disease has been documented to spread from cat to human.

In a report published Thursday, Public Health England said it concluded TB samples taken from the cat and from two people in contact with the animal were "indistinguishable" and that the cat was considered to be "the likely source of infection."

Between December 2012 and last April, veterinarians identified TB in nine pet cats in Berkshire and Hampshire, west of London. Public Health England said the two people who caught TB were recovering and said the risk of further spread from cats to humans is very low.

TB is a bacterial disease that kills more than 1 million people annually worldwide.


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Tornadoes touch down in Northern California PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud touched down near Roseville shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Department Division Chief Kathy Finney tells the Merced Sun-Star (http://bit.ly/1dQfV8X) that 12 houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage. No injuries are reported.

The weather service says a tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County. KNTV says there are reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.

The northern half of the state is experiencing wild weather including thunderstorms packing heavy winds.

Showers are likely to continue through the weekend.


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Bills introduced to ban online gambling PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are introducing legislation that would ban online gambling. The unveiling of the bills sets the stage for an uncertain battle in Congress.

The measures are aimed at reversing a 2011 decision by Attorney General Eric Holder that a 1961 law used in recent years to curb Internet gambling only barred sports betting. The bills introduced Wednesday would broaden the prohibition to where it stood before Holder's ruling.

Three states allow online gambling: Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who controls his chamber's agenda, is from Nevada and has supported legalizing online poker.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is the chief Senate sponsor. The House version is sponsored by Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Each bill has co-sponsors from both parties.


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House votes to limit president on public monuments PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his successors would see their ability to designate new national monuments limited under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, takes aim at the 1906 Antiquities Act, a law Obama and other presidents have used to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

The bill would require an environmental review — including public comments — before a president could designate monuments larger than 5,000 acres. Presidents would be limited to one monument per state for each four-year term

Bishop and other Republicans have complained that Obama has designated a half-dozen monuments in the past year without input from Congress, including a significant expansion of a national monument along the Pacific Ocean in California this month. The March 11 action permanently protects about 1,665 acres of federal lands near Point Arena, 130 miles north of San Francisco.

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Energy boom spurs growth west of the Mississippi PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River.

New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that 6 of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and 8 of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West.

More and more oil and gas drilling is being done in those regions, drawing people from around the nation looking for work, the Census Bureau said.

Neighboring cities Odessa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Sara Higgins, the Midland public information officer, has a one-word explanation: oil. "They're coming here to work," Higgins said.

Energy production is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, the Census Bureau said. The boom in the U.S. follows the use of new technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, to tap oil and gas reserves.

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