The International Cycling Union has stripped French track cyclist Gregory Bauge and a team of French riders of their gold medals from the 2011 world championships following Bauge's violation of WADA's Whereabouts rule. Bauge won individual and team gold at March's world track championships in the Netherlands and was informed of his Whereabout breach in September. France's national cycling federation retroactively suspended Bauge between December 2010 and December 2011 but chose not to revoke h... Read More
An al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that kidnapped Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell in the Phillipines last month is demanding a $2 million dollar ransom for his release. Rodwell, an ex-army serviceman who has spent the past decade living in more than 30 countries, was taken at gunpoint from his home on the southern island of Mindanao on December 5 by members of the group Abu Sayyaf. In a hostage video leaked to the press this week, an injured and haggard looking Rodwell requested that his ... Read More
Dutch authorities on Friday evacuated 800 people from a northern province in the Netherlands after heavy rains caused a dyke to leak. The evacuations, which are not yet mandatory, cover four villages in Groningen. Officials said that a breach is unlikely but could flood "hundreds of acres of land." Residents and soldiers have stacked sandbags along a portion of the dyke, and the military is using an infrared camera-equipped jet to keep tabs on the wall's strength.
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Mexican President Felipe Calderone on Thursday unveiled the Baluarte Bridge, the world's highest cable-stayed bridge with a deck height 390 meters above a ravine in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The bridge will open later this year and eventually link a highway from Matzlan, on the country's Pacific coast, across Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The Baluarte displaces France's Millau Viaduct as the world's highest cable-stayed bridge, although a suspension bridge in China has a deck heig... Read More
After more than three years of deliberation, the FDA announced on Wednesday that it would restrict the use of some powerful antibiotics in livestock. The new rules put limits on cephalosporins, a class of antibiotic often give to in cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, that is also used to treat several serious illnesses in humans. The new rules, which go into effect April 5, are intended to prevent humans from developing resistance to the drugs, which are effective against pneumonia and soft ... Read More