Indian capital braces for worst air quality this festive week

NEW DELHI - Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to "severe" levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, a government scientist said, leaving many at risk of respiratory problems.

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Six die in heavy rains, mud slides in southwestern Mexico

MEXICO CITY - Heavy rains, flooding and mud slides in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero killed six and forced hundreds to evacuate as tropical storm Trudy hammered the region, state rescue workers said on Sunday.

19 Oct 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo speeds across far north Atlantic

HAMILTON Bermuda - Hurricane Gonzalo was speeding across the cold waters of the far north Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, meteorologists said, leaving Bermuda to clean up from a direct hit of howling winds and driving rain.

19 Oct 2014

Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

NEW ORLEANS - Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

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'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California

SACRAMENTO Calif. - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

Life, Water 19 Oct 2014