Europe’s Drought Risks Inflation Deluge

By ANDREW PEAPLE It will take more than a washed-out holiday weekend to put a smile back on the faces of European farmers—and policy makers. Dry weather in the continent’s northern regions has seriously harmed potential crops, with the U.K. the latest country to declare drought conditions in some parts of the country. England and…

‘The EU Has Finally Opened the Door to Economic Union’

It happened back in the spring, but memories are painfully fresh for finance ministers across Europe. For a while it looked like Greece’s debt crisis might end up bankrupting the country and could even endanger the common currency, the euro. Now, the European Commission has suggested a series of tools to avoid a re-enactment of…

Iran nuclear chief: Tehran to install advanced centrifuges at new uranium enrichment site soon

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will soon install more advanced centrifuges at its new uranium enrichment site, the country’s nuclear chief said Wednesday, underscoring Tehran’s continued defiance in the face of international sanctions imposed over its controversial nuclear program. The uranium enrichment lies at the heart of Iran’s dispute with the West, which is concerned that…

2011 – year of the epic floods

There’s no doubt that 2011 will be remembered for its epic flooding. And years from today, when people recall the events of this summer, one characteristic that surely will stand out is how the flooding unfolded with such agonizing slowness. Along the Platte River and Missouri River in Nebraska, people are looking upstream with dread…

Ariz. wildfire spreads across New Mexico border

CBS News Two weeks after roaring to life along the Arizona-New Mexico border, firefighters are finally making some progress against the massive blaze, with 6% containment. The massive wildfire in eastern Arizona has already burned more than 600 square miles. About 30 homes and cabins have been destroyed. As many as 10,000 people have been…

Turtles pose problem for Arkansas rice farmers

By Suzi Parker – Sun Jun 12, 9:11 pm ET LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – After facing a spring of harsh weather, rice farmers in Arkansas, the nation’s top rice-producing state, have a new worry — turtles. Recent flooding in southern and eastern Arkansas has displaced turtles from their normal habitat in the canals, swamps and low-lying areas near…

Arkansas atheists sue over bus ads on God-free lifestyle

By Suzi Parker Suzi Parker– Thu Jun 9, 4:57 pm ET LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) – A coalition of atheists is accusing Little Rock’s city bus line of violating their rights to free speech in a fight to place ads on public buses praising a God-free lifestyle. The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason alleged in…

Deadly Fungus Strikes Joplin Tornado Survivors, Volunteers

The Greene County (Mo.) Health Department has issued a memo to health care workers who are treating injured victims of May’s deadly Joplin tornado, warning them that a powerful fungus has infected wounds of injured patients. The Springfield News-Leader reports as many as nine cases have been reported in tornado victims across the area in…

Anglican-Catholic Group Focused on “What Unites Us”

ARCIC III Completes 1st Round of Talks VATICAN CITY, MAY 29, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Anglicans and Catholics are affirming that “what unites us is greater than what divides us” as a joint dialogue commission concluded its work Friday. The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission met at the ecumenical monastic community of Bose, Italy, for a 10-day series…