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Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons since it opened in 1942.
Dream of adopting child from Africa becomes nightmare for U.S. couple
By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Emily and Matt Knudsen began the lengthy process of adopting a child from Africa, they believed they would be saving an orphan in distress. "Our biggest desire was to meet a need, to adopt a child who truly had no other options," said Emily, at the family's home near San Francisco, California. Motivated by their Christian faith, the couple signed up with one of more than 200 adoption agencies specialising in matching Americans with children in developing countries.
German justice minister urges new start at FIFA without BlatterGermany's Justice Minister said on Friday he did not believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter could continue to lead world soccer's global governing body after the arrest of senior officials on corruption charges. "I don't know whether there is still even anyone who thinks Sepp Blatter is the right person to resolve the issue," Heiko Maas told Germany daily Bild in an interview. Blatter, who is standing for a fifth term as president on Friday, has flatly rejected calls to step down even as FIFA has been engulfed in the worst crisis of its 111-year history.
Ugandan woman's agony as granddaughter 'sold' to Americans
By Katy Migiro and Tom Esslemont KAMPALA/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first time Jaja, a Ugandan woman, saw her one-year-old granddaughter, she was in the arms of an American man who she was told had "bought" the child. The toddler was sitting with the man and his wife, eating biscuits and drinking juice, as they sought legal guardianship over her in Uganda's High Court. In Uganda, foreigners can secure legal guardianship in a matter of weeks, sometimes before the child's birth parents realise what has happened.
Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ? Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse ? but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other.
6.8 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska -USGS(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected.
Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game
Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands. Little noticed in the heated debate over the potential military use of China's holdings is a growing civilian presence across the South China Sea - a trend that potentially complicates any future armed conflict while buttressing competing claims to territory.
Cairo yearns for liberal heyday of its park of romance
It was a symbol of a more liberal Egypt where young Muslims and Christians mingled under its leafy canopies, bands played and a young Omar Sharif wooed the glamorous Faten Hamama in the classic film romance "The River of Love". A rare oasis in a metropolis home to eight million people, Merryland park offered respite from Cairo's dusty, traffic-choked cacophony. "Merryland was a vent for eastern Cairo," said Magdy Badr al-Din, whose balcony overlooks the park.
S. Korea industrial output slumps further in April