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NASA: California Out of Water in a Year

State's water supplies are running out, warns Jay Famiglietti

(Newser) - Water isn't just running low in California, a top NASA scientist warns—it's going to plum run out in about a year. "As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water—and the problem started before our...

Brazilian Teachers' Protest Turns Into Riot

Marchers clash with police in Rio, Sao Paolo

(Newser) - Looks like Brazilian teachers are not to be messed with: Firebombs were thrown and buildings were attacked after marches by striking teachers and their supporters turned ugly in Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo last night, the BBC reports. Around 20,000 people marched peacefully in Rio to protest low...

Guess What Didn't Stop Brazil's Protests?

Sao Paolo and Rio relent on bus fare, but it's too little, too late

(Newser) - Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro yesterday announced that they would revoke the 20 centavo hike in bus and subway fares that nominally started waves of protest around the country. Sao Paolo's governor said the move was "important … so the city can have the tranquility needed to...

Sao Paulo OKs Pride Day—for Heterosexuals

Mayor must still sign it before it becomes law

(Newser) - We're here, not queer, get used to it? Sao Paolo's city council has just passed legislation designating an official Heterosexual Pride Day to be held on the third Sunday of each December, the AP reports. Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the bill before it goes into effect, however,...

Millions Without Power in Brazil

Problems at huge hydroelectric dam spread beyond border

(Newser) - Trouble at the world’s largest hydroelectric dam has millions in Brazil without power tonight. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro—the nation’s largest cities, with combined metropolitan populations well beyond 20 million—are affected, as are many smaller towns. An official at the Itaipu dam tells the BBC...

Brazilian Trader Shoots Himself at Exchange

He clings to life after suicide attempt in wake of plunging market

(Newser) - A Brazilian trader was in critical condition after shooting himself in the chest on the floor of the nation's commodities and futures exchange yesterday. The tragedy occurred in the raucous interest rate futures pit, where some $21 billion in contracts are traded daily. Brazil's main stock index has plunged 50%...

Brazil Plane Slams Into Homes
Brazil Plane Slams Into Homes

Brazil Plane Slams Into Homes

Yet another disaster in Brazil's troubled aviation system

(Newser) - At least six people were killed yesterday when a private plane crashed into a residential district of Sao Paolo in the latest tragedy to rock Brazil's crisis-ridden air transport system. A 10-seater Lear Jet operated by an air taxi company had just taken off for Rio de Janeiro when it...

Jet Crashes, Explodes in Brazil
Jet Crashes, Explodes in Brazil

Jet Crashes, Explodes in Brazil

Airbus skids off runway, reviving safety scandal

(Newser) - A plane with up to 178 passengers and crew skidded off a Brazilian runway in heavy rain, careered across a traffic-snarled road, slammed into a gas station and exploded in a huge ball of fire. The accident happened as a Tam Airlines Airbus was landing in Sao Paolo after a...

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