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  • Sharp-shooting Westwood stretches lead in Malaysia
    Sharp-shooting Westwood stretches lead in Malaysia Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Lee Westwood stretched his lead at the Malaysian Open on Friday, putting on a clinic with his irons as the Englishman moved closer to ending a nearly two-year title drought. More »

  • Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open. More »

  • Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought. More »

  • South Dakota Missing Teens Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson Remains Found -43 …
    South Dakota Missing Teens Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson Remains Found -43 … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    US authorities have confirmed that the human remains found in a car unearthed from a South Dakota creek during a drought in 2013 were of two teenage girls who disappeared more than 40 years ago. Officials in the midwestern US state said that DNA tests and personal items recovered from the 1960 Studebaker Lark wreck left them with no doubt that Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson died in a car crash on their way to an end-of-school-year party in May 1971. The disappearance of the two 17-year-old students at Vermillion High School has haunted their families for decades. Attorney general Marty Jackley said the bodies were found in the front seats and everything suggested they died in a crash. More »

  • Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971
    Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday. More »

  • Cazorla Admits Arsenal are Exhausted Going into Final Stretch of Season
    Cazorla Admits Arsenal are Exhausted Going into Final Stretch of Season Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has admitted Arsene Wenger's side will face the last part of the season exhausted due to the number of games they have played and the amount of injuries they have suffered. With just five Premier League games remaining, the Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind Everton, and will miss out on Champions League football if the Toffees win all their remaining games. Yet at the same time they have the chance to put an end to a nine-year trophy drought by beating Hull in the FA Cup Final. Cazorla is confident of both securing a Premier League top-four spot and conquering the FA Cup but admits Arsenal's squad go into their final few matches extremely tired. More »

  • F1 2014: Ferrari Replace Stefano Domenicali With Matteo Mattiacci
    F1 2014: Ferrari Replace Stefano Domenicali With Matteo Mattiacci Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Stefano Domenicali has become the first casualty of Ferrari's seven-year drought without a world champion after resigning as team principal after three races of the 2014 season. Despite the team being led by world champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari have struggled to make an impact on the podium this year and Domenicali admitted in early April the F14 T required significant changes. And the team principal has taken the fall for Ferrari's lack of competitiveness since last claiming the constructors' title in Domenicali's first season in 2008, with Alonso having twice come agonisingly short of the world title in 2010 and 2012. More »

  • California drought spawns well drilling boom
    California drought spawns well drilling boom Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. More »

  • Arsenal beats holder Wigan to reach FA Cup final
    Arsenal beats holder Wigan to reach FA Cup final Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against second-tier club Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holder and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought. More »

  • Arsenal beats Wigan to reach FA Cup final
    Arsenal beats Wigan to reach FA Cup final Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holders and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought. More »

  • Arsenal Star Says Ozil And Wilshere Injuries Are No Excuse for Gunners Fail …
    Arsenal Star Says Ozil And Wilshere Injuries Are No Excuse for Gunners Fail … Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Arsenal playmaker Thomas Rosicky believes the number of injuries they have had in the second part of the season cannot be used to explain the club's recent slump – and must not be used as an excuse if the Gunners lose their FA Cup semi-final to Wigan. Arsene Wenger's side led the league table for more than four months but after a bad run of results they are currently fourth, and could even miss out on Champions League football should Everton win their remaining six games. And having also been knocked out by Bayern Munich in Champions League last 16, Arsenal's only chance of putting an end to a nine-year trophy drought will be winning the FA Cup. Aaron Ramsey is likely to make his long-awaited return to the starting line-up for the clash against Wigan but Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott remain on the sidelines. More »

  • Robbie Savage: Arsene Wenger Must Go if Arsenal's Trophy Drought Contin …
    Robbie Savage: Arsene Wenger Must Go if Arsenal's Trophy Drought Contin … Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage believes Arsene Wenger must leave Arsenal if they do not end their nine-season trophy drought by winning the FA Cup this season. The Gunners previously won this competition in 2005 and face defnding champions Wigan Athletic in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday. The north Londoners campaign tumbled after a bright start, which saw them sit on top of the Premier League table during the first half of the season. However, their form scuppered and coupled with humiliating defeats against Liverpool, Chelsea ended their title ambitions. More »

  • Szczesny: We Have Learnt From Our Experience Against Birmingham
    Szczesny: We Have Learnt From Our Experience Against Birmingham Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that Arsenal are well equipped to win the FA Cup this season after failing to end their trophy drought against Birmingham in 2011. The Pole and Laurent Koscielny were involved in a misunderstanding in the Arsenal penalty box, which allowed Birmingham to score the winning goal in the final of the league cup, with only two minutes left on the clock. This is the first time after the incident that the Gunners have a chance to end their eight season trophy drought as they take on Wigan at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Szczesny believes that they have matured from the last time they were at Wembley and will not commit the same mistake, which scuppered their season last time around. More »

  • Arsenal Star Admits No Fear About Championship Wigan
    Arsenal Star Admits No Fear About Championship Wigan Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Serge Gnabry has said Arsenal should not be worried about their FA Cup semi-final tie against Wigan as the Latics are in the Championship. After exiting the Champions League and battling for a top-four finish in the Premier League, the Gunners' only chance of ending a nine-year trophy drought will be to win the FA Cup. Gnabry is very confident about reaching the final, as he feels Arsenal are the big favourites in the tie even though the Latics won the title last year against highly-fancied Manchester City. More »

  • Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas
    Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    ORDWAY, Colo. (AP) — Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school. More »

  • America's Most Endangered River Is …
    America's Most Endangered River Is … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    As California's San Joaquin River meanders down from the Sierra Nevada across the Central Valley toward the San Francisco Bay, it loses water to farms and communities along the way. Now, amid drought, a national river conservation agency is calling on California to manage the San Joaquin's much-needed water more efficiently. The nonprofit American Rivers announced today (April 9) that it has deemed the San Joaquin the most endangered river in America. "The San Joaquin has lots of problems from dams, levees and water diversions," said John Cain, the conservation director for California floodplain management at American Rivers. More »

  • War-Torn Syria Facing Major Drought Disaster
    War-Torn Syria Facing Major Drought Disaster Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Three years into a devastating civil war, Syrians are facing a severe drought that could ravage the country's wheat production to a record low of 1.7m to 2m metric tonnes, according to the World Food Programme. Dry conditions have affected the Middle East this winter, harming food production across the region. Wheat and barley are just two of the crops whose prices could rise dramatically if the dry weather persists until the typical harvest time around mid-May. The WFP warned that the conditions could spark a faster exodus, beyond the 9 million internally and externally displaced already. "A drought could put the lives of millions more people at risk," spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told journalists in Geneva. More »

  • Ayew nets hat trick as Marseille beats Ajaccio 3-1 Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Ghana winger Andre Ayew ended his goal drought in style with a hat trick as Marseille beat last-place Ajaccio 3-1 in the French league on Friday. More »

  • Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Malaysian GP
    Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Malaysian GP Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton broke his drought at Formula One's Malaysian Grand Prix and led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team on Sunday. More »

  • Arsenal Finalise Deal with Nurnberg for Josip Drmic - Report
    Arsenal Finalise Deal with Nurnberg for Josip Drmic - Report Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Arsenal have completed a deal with FC Nurnberg for the signature of Swiss striker Josip Drmic, according to the Metro. The Gunners are in the market for a striker and the 21-year-old is seen as a typical Arsene Wenger signing, with plenty of potential yet easy on the pocket. Arsenal are likely to bring in a few more names this summer, with the club in a secure financial state and desperate to end their trophy drought. The absence of such midfielders as Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, who were the standout performers in the first half of the season, were a major blow, and Arsenal have struggled against top teams, losing 6-0 to Chelsea and 5-1 to Liverpool in the last two months. More »

  • Jamie Carragher: Arsenal's Trophy Drought is Down to Lack of Pace and P …
    Jamie Carragher: Arsenal's Trophy Drought is Down to Lack of Pace and P … Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal's trophy drought is the result of the lack of pace and power in the squad. The Gunners have been without silverware since 2005 and Arsene Wenger's side are in contention to end the drought this season. The north London club reached the last four of the FA Cup and will face previous season's winners Wigan Athletic in the semi-final clash at Wembley. Wenger lost Arsenal star Theo Walcott in January as the England international was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. More »

  • Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers
    Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Jean-Romain Beltinor plunged a hoe into the rocky dirt on his parched hillside to prepare for planting seeds he does not have. After months of drought in northwest Haiti, the subsistence farmer struggles ... More »

  • Last Orders for Cider Feared after UK Floods Swamp Apple Trees
    Last Orders for Cider Feared after UK Floods Swamp Apple Trees Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Summer BBQs might run dry of cider this summer after the UK's wettest winter and floods decimated apple stocks. Experts say that rising flood water wiped out almost 17,500 acres of orchards leaving the UK facing a cider drought.  Orchards had been replenished with millions of trees over the past decade as fruit growers looked to beef up native stocks. Julian Temperley, one of Somerset's most famous growers, told the Bristol Post it was hard to remain upbeat and described his 170 acres as "touch and go". More »

  • California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra
    California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    There's gold in them dry hills! Or gold seekers anyway. And they see a historic opportunity in California's historic drought. Low water levels have led to a mini gold rush in the same Sierra Nevada foothills ... More »

  • Young salmon trucked downstream because of drought Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers ... More »

  • Political instability, weather spur wheat prices
    Political instability, weather spur wheat prices Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Political instability in Ukraine —coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries — are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say. More »

  • Arsene Wenger's Arsenal Future Under Scrutiny Amid Imminent Fan Protest
    Arsene Wenger's Arsenal Future Under Scrutiny Amid Imminent Fan Protest Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Arsene Wenger's future as Arsenal manager is set to slip into deeper uncertainty amid a delay over the confirmation of the Frenchman's new contract at the Emirates Stadium with a banner calling for the his removal being prepared for the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The harrowing 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Swansea City leaves the Gunners in fourth place and six points adrift of the Premier League summit and looking over their shoulder at fifth place Everton. Though Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to retain Wenger beyond the end of his contract which expires at the end of this season, the club's lack of recent progress and a nine-year drought without a major trophy has led to suggestions the 64 year old could leave north London. In reaction to the draw with Swansea which all but ends Arsenal's pursuit of the Premier League title, one fan has ordered a banner calling for Wenger to leave the club at the end of the season which he plans to hang during the cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley. More »

  • Brazil drought brews trouble for coffee farms
    Brazil drought brews trouble for coffee farms Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Global coffee prices set to rise as world's biggest producer faces worst drought in living memory. More »

  • Scientists meet in Japan after grim climate forecast
    Scientists meet in Japan after grim climate forecast Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    International scientists gathered near Tokyo on Tuesday for a week-long meeting centred on a grim climate change report that warned of floods and drought that could stoke conflicts and wreak havoc on the global economy. More »

  • Congress focuses on dams amid California's drought
    Congress focuses on dams amid California's drought Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once ... More »

  • Report decries slow pace of land protection Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Congress just ended an almost five-year gap without conserving any public land, the longest such drought since World War II, and several proposed protections remain stalled, according to a new report from liberal and environmental groups. More »

  • UN agency in Haiti distributes food amid drought Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Aid workers in Haiti have begun distributing food to help some of the Caribbean nation's poorest people cope with a severe drought, an official with a United Nations agency said Thursday. More »

  • California water officials express meager hope Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Officials say February's rain storms pleasantly boosted the state's water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought. Tom Howard, executive officer of the State Water Resources Control Board, ... More »

  • Official: Haiti drought causes 'extreme emergency' Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    A drought is causing an extreme emergency in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock. Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government's National Coordination of Food Security told The Associated ... More »

  • Cryptocurrency News Round-Up: Auroracoin Rebounds; 100 Days of Dogecoin & MtGox …
    Cryptocurrency News Round-Up: Auroracoin Rebounds; 100 Days of Dogecoin & MtGox … Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    The rebound comes after the Icelandic parliament held a closed session to discuss the cryptocurrency on 14 March. It is quite remarkable that we are talking about dogecoin, the meme-based cryptocurrency, celebrating 100 days in existence. In it's short time in existence, the cryptocurrency has helped send athletes to the Winter Olympics, raise money for children in need as well as help provide water for drought-stricken parts of Kenya. More »