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Published: 11/1/10

Edison Pena, Freed Chilean Miner, to Run in New York City Marathon

By  FanHouse Staff - AOL News
Edison Pena, Freed Chilean Miner, to Run in New York City Marathon

Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who became known as "The Runner" for his daily workouts while trapped, will be running in this year's New York City Marathon. While stuck underground with 32 others for 69 days as part of the Copiapó mining accident, Pena would jog underground in the unblocked tunnels, sometimes for up to six miles a day. The New York Road Runners Club extended an invitation to Pena to be involved in the marathon after hearing of his love of running, but were surprised by his response. Originally, the invitation was for Pena to participate in any capacity, even if ceremonial....

Published: 04/20/10

Earthshaking Theory: Moon Phases Cause Earthquakes

By  David Moye - AOL News
Earthshaking Theory: Moon Phases Cause Earthquakes

(April 20) -- Recent earthquakes in Chile, Haiti and Baja, Calif., have folks quaking in their boots, wondering when the big one is going to occur. A retired teacher and earthquake preparedness expert in Pittsburgh has narrowed it down to 181 dates between now and 2020 -- at least for the Pacific West Coast. Courtesy of David Nabhan Retired schoolteacher David Nabhan believes the phases of the moon will have a big effect when Los Angeles finally has the big earthquake everyone predicts. David Nabhan, 56, doesn't have a degree in seismology -- and his work is not exactly considered...

Published: 04/20/10

Earthquake Causes: From Lunar to Looney

By  David Moye - AOL News
Earthquake Causes: From Lunar to Looney

(April 20) -- Although scientists are working nonstop to learn all they can about earthquakes, some people already have the answers. At least they think they do. For instance, one Iranian cleric is blaming all the recent earth-shaking activity in Mexico's Baja California, Chile and Haiti on booty-shaking women flaunting their sexuality. Courtesy the Rev. Brian Keneipp The Rev. Brian Keneipp says the recent rash of earthquakes is karmic payback for the violent way NASA's LCROSS rocket gashed into the moon's surface. According to Fox News, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, a senior Iranian cleric,...

Published: 03/11/10

Quake's Aftershocks Jolt Chile as New President Is Sworn In

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Quake's Aftershocks Jolt Chile as New President Is Sworn In

Aftershocks from last month's earthquake shook Chile today just before the swearing in of new president Sebastian Piñera. Piñera went ahead with his inauguration ceremony, then announced on television that troops and supplies would be sent immediately to the quake zone along the central coast. Piñera said he would fly to the most heavily damaged areas later today, The New York Times reported. Early reports indicated damage was limited. But in Santiago, about 90 miles from the earthquake's epicenter, windows rattled and buildings shuddered. At the inauguration in Valparaiso, dignitaries...

Published: 03/7/10

Chilean Looters Return Stolen Goods

By  not in system - AOL News
Chilean Looters Return Stolen Goods

CONCEPCION, Chile (March 7) -- The officers came with bullhorns to impoverished neighborhoods near the epicenter of Chile's devastating earthquake, warning looters to return what they stole or face police raids. And so they did, depositing everything from mattresses to refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. It took 35 truckloads to recover it all. Together with looted merchandise recovered by police, the material is worth nearly $2 million, officers said. Touring a police gymnasium full of the recovered goods on Sunday, President Michelle Bachelet called the looting one of "the other aftershocks...

Published: 03/3/10

Titanic Survivors Study: A Closer Look at Self-Preservation

By  Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Titanic Survivors Study:  A Closer Look at Self-Preservation

You're on a sinking ship and you have just 10 minutes to make a decision: Do you save yourself, or do you help the other passengers to safety? Now, imagine the same scenario, except you have two hours longer to make your decision. Do you make the same choice? Maybe not, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of Zurich, the Center for Research in Economics, and Queensland University compared the survivor profiles of passengers from two famous shipwrecks, the Titanic and the Lusitania, to see how they...

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Published: 03/2/10

Michelle Bachelet Is Chile's Steely Survivor

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Michelle Bachelet Is Chile's Steely Survivor

(March 2) -- The catastrophic earthquake that rattled Chile just two weeks before President Michelle Bachelet leaves office is almost certainly not enough to define her political legacy. For Bachelet -- who lost her father in 1974 after months of torture under Augusto Pinochet's brutal rule and was later tortured herself -- the earthquake is just one more challenge in a life punctuated by tectonic shifts. Barred under law from serving a second term, the socialist Bachelet will be succeeded March 11 by right-wing billionaire Sebastian Piñera, who managed the 1989 presidential campaign for a...

Published: 03/1/10

The Filter: When Is Nothing Better Than Something?

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
The Filter: When Is Nothing Better Than Something?

(March 1) -- With so many news aggregators out there, who can keep up? AOL News filters the filters to steer you to the headlines that really matter. Skip Those, Read This: Both The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast lead with stories on the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that ravaged Chile on Saturday. The latter picks up the New York Times' coverage. The death toll is more than 700 and growing, and rescue efforts are ongoing. Huffington links to an Associated Press report comparing Chile's quake to Haiti's, which was weaker but caused more devastation, with more than 200,000 killed. The quake...

Published: 02/28/10

Death Toll in Chile Earthquake Passes 700

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Death Toll in Chile Earthquake Passes 700

The death toll as a result of the massive earthquake in Chile has passed 700 people as reports of additional fatalities have come in from a coastal town that was hit by a post-quake tsunami, according to Reuters. Earlier on Sunday, officials had put the death toll at 400 but state television reported that another 350 had died in the fishing port of Constitucion, about 220 miles west of the capital, Santiago. President Michelle Bachelet said 2 million people had been displaced. The quake destroyed or damaged 1.5 million homes. Many Chileans had spent the night outside even if their homes...

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Published: 02/28/10

Waiting for the Tsunami

By  Michael McKinley - Politics Daily
Waiting for the Tsunami

HONOLULU -- Friday had been this kind of a day in aloha-land: Airlines announced they would offer more "post-recession" flights to Hawaii, house prices were rising -- median $597,000 -- in Honolulu; and then there was news of the death of Kermit Tyler, the Army Air Force first lieutenant on radar duty in Hawaii who dismissed the reports of an unusually large blip of fast approaching aircraft on the morning of December 7, 1941 with the infamous line, "Don't worry about it." On Waikiki Beach, as that relentless sun slid into the Pacific, a middle aged, "just married" couple-- he in black tie...

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