April 7, 2014 |
A series of dangerous thunderstorms pelted the Southeast on Monday, sending rescue crews to a central Alabama mobile home park where hundreds of residents were evacuated from flood waters after a creek overran it banks, emergency officials said. The storms spread overnight from Mississippi into Alabama and Georgia, triggering flash floods, causing power outages and shutting down roads. Every firefighter in the Pelham Fire Department was out in the field trying to remove residents from hundreds of flooded mobile homes at Green Park South, said Robin Wilkinson, administrative assistant with the department.
April 3, 2014 |
A tornado was spotted in Missouri on Thursday night, the National Weather Service said, and parts of Texas were under a tornado watch. Rich Thompson, a forecaster for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said at least one tornado had been seen in southeast Missouri. The storm was expected to expand and hit parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri overnight. The tornado "is part of a larger severe storm,” Thompson told the Los Angeles Times.
March 27, 2014 |
Until film director Darren Aronofsky got his hands on it, the old tale of Noah's Ark had devolved into a cute children's fable of giraffes and elephants and bears and bunnies crowding onto a big boat. Aronofsky has re-envisioned it as what it really has always been: an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world disaster story. Biblical literalists, though, are not entirely happy about this new telling of one of the most ancient stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Aronofsky's “Noah” opens Friday in theaters across the country and the big question for Paramount, the studio that paid more than $130 million to produce the film, is whether the large Christian audience that showed up for Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” and the more recent “Son of God” will pay to see what Aronofsky has called “the least biblical film ever made.” PHOTOS: Horsey on Hollywood If Glenn Beck has his way, no right thinking person will go see the movie.
March 27, 2014 |
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Osvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations. The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He's even seen beavers. "It's just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again," said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.
March 26, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - With a March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law approaching, more than a million people a day are visiting HealthCare.gov, administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - got 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. At the same time, call centers received more than 500,000 calls over those two days. Despite the crush, the website, which crashed repeatedly last year, has been stable, said Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive who has been overseeing the website operations as a senior advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
March 26, 2014 |
Here's a statistic for you. Out of 10,855 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals last year that dealt with some aspect of global warming, all but two accepted human behavior as the primary cause. Oddly, that represents a bit of backsliding. The previous year, only one study rejected human factors, according to an annual roundup by geochemist James Lawrence Powell and reported by Salon . Science is not a theory but a process, a mechanism for distilling truth from observation.