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Superbugs to 'kill millions' by 2050 unless countries act

Paris - Millions of people in Europe, North America and Australia will die from superbug infections unless countries prioritise fighting the growing threat posed by bacteria immune to most known drugs, experts predicted Wednesday.

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

Sacramento - The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

Toxic algae blooms are spreading across the U.S.

From Oregon to New York, Virginia, and Florida, including many locations in between, toxic algae blooms in reservoirs lakes, and waterways have led to state officials issuing emergency declarations.

Singapore spent $12 million on US-N.Korea summit

Fpo - Singapore said Sunday it spent Sg$16.3 million ($12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

Who's getting this? North Korea's summit bill

Fpo - North Korea has a habit of making others pick up its overseas travel tabs, and experts say either Singapore or South Korea is likely to get stuck with an eye-watering bill for next week's historic North-US summit in a luxury resort.

Tesla cutting amount of cobalt in EV batteries to near zero

Tesla’s improving battery technology has culminated in its latest generation of battery cells, the 2170 li-ion cells. Tesla has continued to reduce the cobalt content per battery pack by 59 percent without the loss of thermal stability.

California wildfire grows as Santa Ana winds continue to blow

Los Angeles - The so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California has grown to become the third largest fire on record in the state, destroying more than 1,000 buildings, including well over 700 homes, as well as taking the life of a firefighter.

Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report

Washington - Economic losses from severe storms, hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires are projected to reach at least $360 billion a year in the next decade in America, about half of annual US growth, according to a report out Wednesday.

Hurricane Irma's damage bill $10-bn so far: assessment

Paris - Hurricane Irma has caused more than $10 billion (8.3 billion euros) in damage across the Caribbean so far, making it the costliest storm ever to hit the region's island nations and territories, disaster risk experts said Friday.

Update on 'life threatening' Category 3 Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane and Tropical storm warnings are posted all along the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey slowly makes it way onshore, bringing with it "biblical" amounts of rainfall and unprecedented devastation.

March was second hottest month in 137 years globally

The past several years have seen the average global temperature creeping up, and this past March was no exception. March ended up being the second hottest on record, following the second hottest February and third hottest January.

OnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.

Apple gives free month of iCloud to Greeks who can't pay renewal

Apple has granted Greek iCloud subscribers a free month of usage after the financial crisis in the country meant that Apple would have been unable to take payment for the subscription service and users would have lost their stored data.

Scientists overcome the major issue of large fibre optic networks

Scientists have discovered a way to keep data moving at high speeds over very long fibre optic networks by preventing the signals from weakening. It removes a key limitation of fibre today and could make future networks faster and significantly cheaper.

Windows 10 is the 'last version of Windows', says Microsoft

A Microsoft developer has revealed that the company is viewing Windows 10 as the last major version of the renowned operating system, confirming many previous rumours of how Microsoft will update Windows over-the-air with incremental feature additions.

University student buys house boat to avoid accomodation costs

Charlotte Tindle was worried about facing living costs of £1,000 a month in Fulham, London, whilst studying at the London University Tech Music School - so instead she renovated a disused houseboat.

Up to $1,000 a day to care for child migrants

Washington - As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border.

Op-Ed: The push towards online grocery is all the rage right now

It’s not hard to find whatever you need online, from electronics to clothes and furniture and now groceries through some companies.

Op-Ed: Average UK house prices rise to £250,000, will the bubble burst?

Government figures show that the average price of a house across the U.K. has hit £250,000 ($420,000) for the first time.

Opposition campaigner attacks Putin over Sochi costs

A leading opponent of President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized what he said was huge overspending on the Winter Olympics and accused Russian officials and businessmen of making big profits from the Games.

Study: Low-paid fast food workers cost $3.8 billion per year

Low-paid fast-food workers in the United States cost taxpayers about $4 billion a year because of the federal subsidies they receive, according to a new study. A total of 52% of non-management workers in the fast-food receive some type of subsidy.

Trick-or-treat, how much will you spend on Halloween?

Costumes, candy, home decorations, it all adds up when you are budgeting for Halloween. And a new survey has found that Halloween is the third most important retail season of the year, after Christmas and back-to-school.

Ottawa spending $100,000 for flags and pins

The Government has set aside almost $100,000 in funds to purchase promotional materials to celebrate the diamond jubilee (sixth decade of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.)

Welfare drug tests end up costing Florida $46,000

A report finds the cost of drug testing for welfare recipients in Florida was nearly $46,000. That's more than the U.S. state would have paid out to people who failed their drug tests. Proponents say the issue isn't just about money.

2010 natural disasters killed 296,800 people, cost $110 billion

More than 296,800 people died in 373 natural disasters in 2010. In addition, about 208 million people were affected by the disasters. The figures have just been released by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

The price of romance is two friends says study

The cost of falling in love is two close friends, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University. It showed that one family member and one friend are usually distanced in order to accommodate the new lover.

Is College Worth It?

Every year new students race off to college for higher learning, late night cram sessions and keggers. Is the total dollar cost for post-secondary education worth it in the end?

Recession pushing up meat prices

The recession that lowers prices in some areas is pushing them up on dinner tables. Canadians should brace for higher meat prices in the future.

America's Lock-up System Just Too Expensive

Throwing all those criminals in jail may seem like a good idea...but it turns out it's not. A new respected report finds that it's costing the United States an enormous amount of money that could be better spent on other things.

The U.S. Mail 'Must Go Through', But Maybe Not on Saturdays

The U.S. mail 'must go through, rain, sleet, ice or snow'. But it stops short when there's not enough money to keep it going. Postal Officials warn it could hurt the economy in several ways.
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New enlisted housing at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This photo was taken in Oct. 2009, and since that time, even though these townhouses have aged, the cost of rent has increased.
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