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FEMA praises Houston’s new floodplain regulations

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are praising Houston’s new rules on building in flood-prone areas, a week after the City Council took a contentious 9-7 vote on the issue. All new construction in the city’s floodplains will have to be built two feet above the projected water level in a 500-year storm throughout the 500-year floodplain, the area at risk …

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Dallas Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock Announces Retirement Friday

Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock is retiring, ending a 22-year career as the third-winningest coach in NHL history. Hitchcock will become a consultant for the team he led to its only Stanley Cup championship in 1999. The 67-year-old says it was “the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over.” “We were honored to …

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Westbound Highway 80 Reopens After Big-Rig Crash

The westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 80 in Forney reopened Friday afternoon after a tractor-trailer struck a guardrail and closed the highway earlier in the morning. Forney police said no damage was found on the bridge and crews worked into the afternoon to clear crash debris so that the roadway could reopen before rush hour. No injuries were reported. The …

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Impounded Car May Be Linked to Missing Rachel Cooke Case

An impounded car may be linked to the missing case of Rachel Cooke, a 19-year-old who went missing in 2002, Williamson County officials say. Rachel Cooke was not seen again after she went for her four-mile run while visiting her parents’ home in Georgetown nearly 16 years ago. Deputies have continued searching for Cooke since 2002 and excavated land near …

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Pak to export 150,000 M/Tons white rice to Indonesia

JAKARTA (Web Desk) – Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Senior Vice Chairman Rafique Suleman, who is visiting Indonesia said that another tender of 150,000 M/Tons of 5% and 15% of Pakistani White Rice has been awarded to eight Pakistani Rice Exporters. In a statemnet issued on Friday, Rafique Suleman said that the exporters were awarded the contract include Garibsons …

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Study terms overuse of smartphone substance abuse

A new study says that overuse of smartphones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The findings published in the journal NeuroRegulation also showed that those who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. “The behavioural addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar …

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World shipping industry agrees to halve carbon emissions by 2050

LONDON: Members of the UN International Maritime Organisation on Friday struck a deal to halve carbon dioxide emissions from shipping by 2050 in a deal that will force the industry to redesign fleets. “The initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008,” the …

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UN’s health body urges Hepatitis C offensive

(AFP) – Hepatitis C is easily cured. Yet, about 400,000 people die of the liver disease every year as only a smattering get the medicine they need. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged governments to attack the problem with more urgency, and more money. Only about three million people from an estimated 71 million Hepatitis C virus (HCV) …

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Common products like perfume, paint contribute to air pollution

(Online) – Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses. For some types of air pollutants, however, transportation is only half as important as the chemicals in everyday consumer products like cleaning agents, printer ink, and fragrances, according to a study published Friday in …

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