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Sep 17, 2014

Scientists locate ‘ghost’ ship wrecks in San Francisco waters

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed “forgotten ghost ships” in waters just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait.

The discoveries by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists follow a two-year project to find, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sep 17, 2014

Pro-pot activists launch first U.S. ‘Consume Responsibly’ campaign

DENVER (Reuters) – Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Denver, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where the drug is legal.

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the country’s largest pot policy organization, opened the drive on Wednesday in Colorado, which, along with Washington state, allows recreational weed sales to adults under a highly regulated and taxed system.

Sep 15, 2014

Children of Arizona gun instructor who was killed by girl wish her peace

Sept 15 (Reuters) – The children of an Arizona gun range
instructor who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi
submachine gun are encouraging the child to find peace and say
they hope one day to give her a hug.

In a video message to the girl, the four children of
39-year-old Charles Vacca said she should put last month’s
incident behind her and move forward with her life.

Sep 15, 2014

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

DENVER (Reuters) – The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used.

Sep 15, 2014

Children of gun instructor killed by Arizona girl wish her peace

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The children of an Arizona gun range instructor who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun are encouraging the child to find peace and say they hope one day to give her a hug.

In a video message to the girl, the four children of 39-year-old Charles Vacca said she should put last month’s incident behind her and move forward with her life.

Sep 11, 2014

Colorado activists want rules on pot edibles implemented fast

DENVER (Reuters) – Activists in Colorado called on Thursday for the fast implementation of rules requiring marijuana-infused edibles be clearly distinguishable from regular products when removed from their original packaging.

Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adult, and much of the public debate has since centered on regulations for edibles such as pot cookies, chocolates and drinks.

Sep 11, 2014

Wildlife activists say new U.S. lynx protections fall short

DENVER (Reuters) – The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.

Thickly furred lynx roam through high country from Maine to Washington and south through the Rocky Mountains. They are classified as threatened in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act.

Sep 2, 2014

Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week.

Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger.

Aug 29, 2014

Alleged gangster admits lying in North Carolina kidnap probe

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A woman described by prosecutors as a gang member dubbed “Lady Jamaica” has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents during their investigation into the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father this year, court documents show.

Chason Renee Chase, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a charge of making a false statement, the documents showed.

Aug 29, 2014

NASCAR champ Stewart to race again, forever affected by tragedy

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – NASCAR champion Tony Stewart said on Friday that killing a fellow driver this month will affect him for the rest of his life, but that returning to racing this weekend would help him to deal with the tragedy.

Stewart has missed three races since he struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 accident during a non-NASCAR sprint race in upstate New York. He will take to the track again this weekend in Atlanta.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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