TOKYO (Reuters) – In the final New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market on Friday, the owner of an international sushi restaurant shelled out more than $300,000 for a prime bluefin tuna and said he was “very happy” with the result. The world’s largest fish market, one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist sites,
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue,
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A powerful blizzard battered the Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a long cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for more than a week and killed more than a dozen people. Thousands of flights were canceled, firefighters
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – At least three Chinese airports have been shut and nine others are experiencing extensive delays because of heavy snowfall, Chinese aviation data provider VariFlight said on Thursday. The national observatory put China’s snow alert on its second-highest level this week, state news agency Xinhua said. Parts of the central, northern and eastern
PARIS (Reuters) – One man died on a ski slope and at least 26 were injured across France on Wednesday in a storm that cut power to tens of thousands of homes, local authorities said. Emergency services said the skier was killed when a tree fell on him. Storm Eleanor, with winds of more than
RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) – Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators. Animal lovers found them waddling around and brought them into the hospital Ramat Gan zoo.
GALWAY (Reuters) – Homes and business on Ireland’s west coast suffered flood damage and 27,000 were still without electricity on Wednesday after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometers per hour. The storm hit Ireland’s fourth largest city, Galway, particularly hard as high tides late on Tuesday forced road closures
PARIS (Reuters) – Winter storm Carmen has cut power to about 65,000 households in western France and is moving south, power grid company Enedis said on Monday. Earlier on Monday, some 40,000 households in the Brittany region experienced power cuts but 30,000 have now been reconnected said Enedis, which has mobilized 1,500 staff to restore
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will suspend the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have failed to meet the government’s fuel consumption standards, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. The suspension will take effect from Jan. 1, Xinhua said, citing the China Vehicle Technology Service Centre. The models include products from several major domestic
(Reuters) – Bitterly cold weather will usher in the new year for much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains this weekend, bringing record low temperatures to the Midwest, making travel difficult and putting a chill on New Year’s Eve celebrations. The mercury in New York City’s Times Square was expected to drop
TORONTO (Reuters) – Some 36,000 homes and businesses in British Columbia lost power due to ice storms in western Canada on Saturday, and workers rushed to restore service before nightfall as forecasters predicted extremely cold temperatures across the nation. Electric utility BC Hydro warned on Twitter that conditions remained hazardous in the affected area of
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss consumer protection organization SKS has filed a claim on behalf of some 6,000 car owners seeking damages from Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Swiss car dealer AMAG related to the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal. The claim has been lodged with the Zurich commercial court. SKS said it was assuming damages amounted on average
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Bitterly cold conditions have prompted authorities across Canada to issue extreme weather alerts, including one in the nation’s capital Ottawa, where the government scaled back a New Year’s Eve party and moved a hockey tournament indoors. The Canadian government on Friday canceled a New Year’s Eve outdoor concert on Parliament Hill
(Reuters) – The torrent of arctic air that poured into many parts of the United States this week tightened its grip on Friday and brought record cold to some spots, as forecasters warned revelers from Memphis to New York to expect numbing conditions on New Year’s Eve. As far south as Charleston, South Carolina, freezing
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A New Year’s Day cold snap in the southern U.S. Plains poses a threat to winter wheat, particularly in Kansas, the country’s biggest producer of the grain, agricultural meteorologists said. Farmers in Kansas grow hard red winter (HRW) wheat, the largest U.S. wheat class that typically is milled into flour for bread.