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B.C. Wildfire Evacuees Return Home Today

Zi-Ann Lum | November 12, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
Authorities have lifted the evacuation order for the more than 250 residents forced out of their homes since Sunday due to a wildfire in Peachland, B.C. "Effective at 5 p.m. [PT Wednesday] afternoon, the evacuation order will be rescinded for the entire area covering the District of Peachland and Central...

San Francisco Woolly Mammoth: Construction Crew Unearths Ancient Bones (PHOTO)

Carly Schwartz | November 12, 2012 | San Francisco
This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's The Snitch. By Erin Sherbert San Francisco construction crews dug up an 11,000-year-old woolly mammoth tooth and possibly a jaw yesterday afternoon, more than 100 feet below the surface where the city's Central Station is to be...

Chillest Cat Ever Caught Relaxing In The Sun (VIDEO)

Sarah Medina | September 12, 2012 | Good News
We've seen some pretty cool cats, but this has to be the chillest cat we've seen.. ever. Soaking up some rays while contemplating life in a startlingly human-like pose? Check. While we work away in the HuffPost offices, we're super-jealous of this kitty's time in the sun.

Waldo Canyon Fire Was Human Caused, Authorities Don't Know If It Was Set Intentionally (PHOTOS)

Matt Ferner | September 12, 2012 | Denver
On June 23, the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out northwest of Colorado Springs and became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history. Now more than two months later, authorities are saying it was human caused, but they still don't know if it was intentionally set. At a press conference...

Sassafras, Deaf Dolphin Rescued From Gulf Coast, Finds A New Home In Mississippi (VIDEO)

Meredith Bennett-Smith | September 12, 2012 | Green
A deaf dolphin discovered beached and near death in March has been given a second chance, thanks to the emergency efforts of the Audubon Aquatic Center. The 6 1/2-foot-long marine mammal, named Sassafras by his rescuers, was found badly sunburned and stranded in a mudflat off the...

Cougar Attacks Vancouver Island Man, Pants Torn Off

Zi-Ann Lum | November 12, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
VANCOUVER - Fearing for his life, a 38-year-old Vancouver Island man says he ran from the fangs and claws of a ravenous cougar and scaled a hefty piece of construction equipment in a desperate bid to escape.With his pants shredded by the cougar's jaws and a shoe lost along the...

Geoengineering Faces Dilemma: Experiment Or Not?

James Gerken | September 12, 2012 | Green
In May, a team of British scientists abruptly canceled an experiment they had been planning for nearly two years. The Stratospheric Particle Experiment for Climate Engineering, or SPICE, was intended to test ways of injecting tiny particles of sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere, with the eventual goal of filtering...

Arctic Ice Melt Could Mean More Extreme Winters For U.S. And Europe

James Gerken | September 13, 2012 | Green
From Climate Central: The record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer will echo throughout the weather patterns affecting the U.S. and Europe this winter, climate scientists said on Wednesday, since added heat in the Arctic influences the jet stream and may make extreme weather and climate events...

Megan Rice: How Did An 82-Year-Old Nun Get Past A Nuclear Facility's Security?

Anthonia Akitunde | September 12, 2012 | Fifty
If worries of lax security around nuclear weaponry storage facilities were keeping you up at night, you may want to skip reading this one: details are out on how 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun and activist Sister Megan Rice and two accomplices pulled off what The New York Times...

Seagull Films San Francisco Sunset: Wayward Bird Steals GoPro Camera (VIDEO)

Carly Schwartz | September 13, 2012 | San Francisco
Here at HuffPost SF, we've made it no secret that we're devout followers of the Book of San Francisco Porn. The hills, the water, the bridges, the redwoods -- nothing gets us more excited than shimmering, glistening shots of our city in all its splendor. But today we...

BC Bear Hunting Ban Declared By 10 First Nations

Andree Lau | November 29, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
KLEMTU, B.C. - A coalition of 10 First Nations on B.C.'s north and central coast says years of urging the government to ban trophy bear hunting in its territory hasn't worked so now it has declared its own moratorium.But the provincial government showed no indication Wednesday that it was willing...

Puppies In A Ball Pool: Cute/Ridiculous Animal Thing Of The Day (GIF)

Katla McGlynn | September 12, 2012 | Comedy
The end of the day calls for a little relaxation in the form of puppies on the Internet, because why not? If you haven't had your daily recommended dose of Puppy GIFs, now's your chance to get your fill! Via Cheezburger

Drought Losses Of U.S. Crops Smaller Than Feared, USDA Reports

James Gerken | November 12, 2012 | Green
* World wheat, corn, soy crops down slightly, rice up-USDA * Corn futures dive to 7-week low after report, wheat down too * Drought cuts Russia's wheat crop 9 pct, Kazakhstan's wheat crop 4.5 pct * Soybean futures jump 2 pct; forecast cut more than expected By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON,...

San Francisco Bay Pollution: Environmental Group Reveals The Bay's Dirtiest Spots (PHOTOS)

Robin Wilkey | September 13, 2012 | San Francisco
Once a year, Save the Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect our water, releases its list of the dirtiest, most polluted spots in the Bay. And this year's list is a doozy. "Trash continues to do serious damage to San Francisco Bay and the ocean,"...

Virgin Births May Be Common In The Wild

James Gerken | September 12, 2012 | Green
By Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor: Wild female pit vipers can reproduce without a male, suggesting virgin births may take place in nature far more than before thought. Asexual reproduction is common among invertebrates — that is, animals without backbones. It occurs rarely in vertebrates, but examples...

Portland Approves Adding Fluoride To Water

Amanda L. Chan | November 12, 2012 | Healthy Living
PORTLAND, Ore. — The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland's water, meaning Oregon's biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S. The ordinance calls for city water to be fluoridated by March 2014.

Broward County Plans Ahead For South Florida Rising Sea Levels (VIDEO)

Christiana Lilly | September 13, 2012 | Miami
The Broward County Commission began preparing for rising sea levels Tuesday by enacting a climate change plan, the Sun Sentinel reports. To the dismay of developers, the plan would impact future building plans, energy use, and green living to prepare for what scientists widely believe to be...

West Nile Virus Cases Up By Nearly A Third In The Last Week

Reuters | November 12, 2012 | Healthy Living
* Dallas-Fort Worth area is epicenter of the outbreak * Some 53 percent of cases are severe neuroinvasive form (Adds comments from federal and Texas officials) By Marice Richter DALLAS, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. cases of West Nile virus climbed by nearly a third in the...

Bunny Loves Balloon (VIDEO)

Andres Jauregui | September 12, 2012 | Comedy
Yep, rabbits love to boink stuff: boink each other, boink balloons. Boink, boink, boink. This little fella is no different, but the (inanimate) object of his affection doesn't stick around for seconds. Or firsts, really. (It's unclear whether the rabbit's anatomy is particularly sharp, or whether friction played a...

Peachland Fire Evacuees Return Home

Zi-Ann Lum | November 12, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
PEACHLAND, B.C. - The last of the evacuees from a forest fire that tore through parts of Peachland, B.C., destroying four houses, were given the all-clear to return to their homes Wednesday, three days after they were forced to flee.The number of evacuees had been steadily decreasing, from 1,550 on...
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