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Sep 24, 2015

Brain-computer link enables paralyzed California man to walk

LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A brain-to-computer
technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has
enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord
injury to become the first such patient to walk without the use
of robotics, doctors in Southern California reported on

The slow, halting first steps of the 28-year-old paraplegic
were documented in a preliminary study published in the
British-based Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation,
along with a YouTube video.

Sep 21, 2015

Firefighters make headway against latest deadly California blaze

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Firefighters have gained significant ground against the latest deadly blaze to inflict mounting property losses in California while chasing thousands of residents from their homes in a wildfire season shaping as one of the worst on record.

Containment of the so-called Tassajara Fire, a measure of how much of its perimeter has been enclosed within buffer lines carved through vegetation by ground crews, stood at 30 percent on Monday – triple the figure reported a day earlier.

Sep 18, 2015

Body of seventh hiker found in Zion National Park in Utah

Sept 17 (Reuters) – Search teams have found the body of a
seventh hiker killed in a rain-swollen canyon of Utah’s Zion
National Park hours after the ill-fated group obtained a park
permit to venture into that area despite forecasts of probable
flash flooding, park officials said on Thursday.

The seven canyoneers were swept to their deaths late Monday
afternoon during a flooding that killed 12 people and left two
others missing elsewhere in southern Utah, most of them in the
town of Hilldale on the Arizona border.

Sep 12, 2015

Sierra wildfire threatens famed giant sequoia grove in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A rapidly spreading wildfire spurred evacuations of thousands of mountain homes in California’s gold-rush country on Friday as flames from a larger Sierra Nevada blaze edged close to a famed grove of giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.

Ground crews mounted an all-out defense of Grant Grove, a stand of ancient redwoods that includes the General Grant tree, one of the largest and tallest of all giant sequoias, as flames crept within a mile (1.6 km) of the area, said Paul Garnier, a spokesman for the fire command.

Sep 11, 2015

Sierra wildfire spurs evacuation of thousands of California homes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Evacuation orders were expanded to thousands of homes in northern California’s Sierras on Friday as a rapidly spreading wildfire roared for a third day through drought-parched timber and brush, threatening mountain communities near Sacramento.

The so-called Butte Fire, which erupted on Wednesday about 30 miles southeast of the state capital near the former gold mining town Jackson, has grown quickly in the midst of a heat wave baking the region in triple-digit temperatures.

Sep 9, 2015

Colbert brings Hollywood glamour, politics to ‘Late Show’ debut

Sept 8 (Reuters) – Stephen Colbert brought a mix of
Hollywood glamour, presidential politics and a patriotic
flourish to his debut hosting the CBS “Late Show” on Tuesday,
opening with the national anthem and trading banter with Oscar
winner George Clooney and Republican White House contender Jeb

Nine months after his final sign-off from “The Colbert
Report” on cable television’s Comedy Central channel, Colbert
launched his first major network broadcast as the late-night
heir to David Letterman, taking a moment to pay a heart-felt
tribute to his predecessor.

Sep 6, 2015

Colbert to play himself in ‘Late Show’ debut; will he still be loved?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stephen Colbert has already declared his intention to drop the well-worn persona of the cluelessly pompous conservative pundit he invented for cable television when he debuts this week as host of the CBS “Late Show.”

What remains to be seen is how an unfiltered Colbert will play as he makes the transition from a 30-minute Comedy Central show four nights a week to an hour-long slot five nights a week on a major broadcast network renovating the house that David Letterman built.

Aug 28, 2015

Waters off second Hawaii beach fouled by partially treated sewage

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Hawaii health authorities have posted warnings of a sewage spill at a popular beach once proposed to be renamed after President Barack Obama, marking the second time this week that a well-known stretch of Oahu’s shoreline has been hit by such a mishap.

About 1 million gallons of wastewater that ran through a treatment plant without being disinfected flowed into the ocean on Tuesday off Sandy Beach, a favorite spot for body surfers on the east end of the island, roughly 15 miles from Honolulu.

Aug 21, 2015

Faux candidate Deez Nuts polls nine percent in Clinton-Trump match-up

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A fake U.S. presidential candidate named Deez Nuts, reported to be the creation of an Iowa teenager, has stirred a social media frenzy by polling nearly 10 percent of registered North Carolina voters in a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

A statement of candidacy on behalf of the fictional 2016 White House hopeful, listing him as an independent, was filed on July 26 with the U.S. Federal Election Commission by 15-year-old Brady Olson, a high school student from Wallingford, Iowa, according to the Daily Beast.

Aug 11, 2015

Restrictions to remain for rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill

Aug 11 (Reuters) – New Mexico officials joined Colorado on
Tuesday in declaring an emergency due to toxic wastewater
spewing from an abandoned gold mine, a spill that prompted
authorities to close two rivers to drinking water and irrigation
intakes for at least another week.

The San Juan River and its northern tributary, the Animas
River, have been fouled by the release of more than 3 million
gallons (11.3 million liters) of acid mine drainage
inadvertently triggered by a team of Environmental Protection
Agency workers last Wednesday.

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