The massive smog cloud choking the eastern provinces of China since midweek expanded northwards to Beijing yesterday. The air quality index in the capital was as high as 356 at 9pm, ending a week-long streak of blue-sky days. Anything worse than 300 is considered "severe," the highest rating on the six-level rating system. "Every region has to clean its own mess instead of waiting for others to go first," said Chai Fahe of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.
That's easy, because they're stupid enough to think football is more important that physics.
A South Florida man killed his wife and son with a crossbow, drove 460 miles to try and kill his other son, and then slit his own throat. The violent, long-distance rampage took Pedro Maldonado Sr. from one end of the state to the other. detectives believe Maldonado shot and killed his 47-year-old wife, Monica Narvaez-Maldonado, and their 17-year-old son, Pedro Maldonado Jr., with a crossbow in their Weston townhouse sometime on Monday. Weston is located about 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale. The sheriff's report says Maldonado, 53, then drove about 460 miles north to Tallahassee in an attempt to kill his older son, Jos
The U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.6% in the third quarter of the year, up from an initial estimate of 2.8%, revised figures have shown. The growth rate was the fastest since the first quarter of 2012. The third-quarter performance was an improvement on the 2.5% pace seen in the previous three months. But the upward revision was mainly driven by a big jump in businesses restocking their inventories, the Commerce Department said.
More than three out of four Afghans live in fear of the U.S. troops sent to liberate their country from the Taliban, according to a survey released Thursday. The annual poll was conducted by the Asia Foundation, a non-profit international development group. It also found that while an increasing number of Afghan citizens feel that their country is heading in the right direction, more than half of those questioned said they were afraid to exercise basic democratic rights such as voting and attending peaceful protests. read more