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Across American oilfields, layoffs and auctions

Cheaper oil brings layoffsConvinced he can ride out the slowing fortunes of America's oil and gas industry, Shawn Kluver arrived at Thursday's heavy equipment auction with money to spend and bets to make.

Kluver flew to Colorado from North Dakota on a one-way ticket, confident he'd find bargains to drive home.

"Everyone says we're crazy, but we're hoping to capitalize on the downstroke," he said, walking around the sprawling, dusty auction site, where more than 3,000 bidders haggled over backhoes, bulldozers and the trucks he was shopping for, called hydro excavators.

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State Department: U.S. pulls remaining forces out of Yemen

US troops leave YemenThe U.S. military has pulled its remaining personnel out of Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation, the U.S. State Department said.

The evacuation involved about 100 Special Operations forces members from the Al Anad airbase, sources in the region familiar with the situation told CNN. The State Department called it a temporary relocation.

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Japan, U.S. commemorate 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima rememberedOn Saturday, veterans and officials joined the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of one of the most iconic battles of World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima.

About 22,000 Japanese and nearly 7,000 Americans died in the five-week battle in the nearly 8-square-mile island in the Pacific. The ceremony was held at the Reunion of Honor memorial, built in 1985 for the 40th anniversary of the battle.

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NRA accuses campus police chiefs of misusing tax dollars by opposing guns on campus

NRA wants guns on campusFlorida NRA leader Marion Hammer is accusing campus police chiefs from Florida's public universities of using tax dollars to lobby because they spoke in Tallahassee against a bill allowing guns on campuses.

Police chiefs from several Florida campuses appeared in legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee in uniform this week and opposed the bill during public comment periods. In a memo, Hammer asked NRA members to send emails to state officials objecting to what she called tax-funded lobbying.

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Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Energy From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

Costa Rica abandons fossil fuelCosta Rica got 100 percent of its energy from renewables for 75 days straight this year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced this week.

The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” ICE announced in a press release in Spanish this week.

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The ‘butcher’ croc that ruled the world before the dinosaurs

carolina butcherScientists in the US have discovered a terrifying land-living crocodile, which lived in what is now North Carolina 230 million years ago.

The crocodile, called Carnufex carolinensis, which literally means the Carolina butcher, was a very early member of the crocodile family, but unlike its modern ancestors it was not aquatic, nor a quadruped but prowled around on two legs.

It was about 3 meters long and about 1.5 meter tall and had blade-like teeth and a long skull.

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US must release photos of Abu Ghraib detainees, federal judge rules

Gitmo detaineesThe US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

US district judge Alvin Hellerstein’s ruling Friday gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released. The American Civil Liberties Union has been seeking to make them public in the name of holding government accountable.

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Russia moves to stop same-sex spouses receiving UN staff benefits

Russia moves to stop same sex benefitsRussia is attempting to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to same-sex spouses.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced in July 2014 it would recognise same-sex marriages among its 43,000 staff worldwide, allowing them to receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Before the change of policy, UN workers’ personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality.

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ABC Anchor, Lisa Colagrossi, Dies on Assignment

ABC anchor diesWe have some sad news to share with you about our Eyewitness News family.

Lisa Colagrossi, Eyewitness News reporter, anchor, wife and mother, has died at age 49.  Lisa suffered a brain hemorrhage while returning from covering a story Thursday morning.

Thursday seemed like just another morning, with Lisa Colagrossi doing what she did so well, reporting live from the scene. She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News. She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty, a working woman, a hockey mom, she was gutsy and fearless.

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