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US clean coal program fails to deliver on promised smog cuts

Champions of coal say the superabundant fossil fuel can be made environmentally friendlier by refining it with chemicals – a “clean coal” technology backed by a billion dollars in U.S. government tax subsidies annually. But refined coal has a dirty secret. It regularly fails to deliver on its environmental promises, as electric giant Duke Energy Corp found. Duke   began using refined coal at two of its North Carolina power plants in August 2012. The decision let the company tap a lucrative federal subsidy designed to…

Girl gang-raped after father fails to repay loan

MUZAFFARGARH: After a man failed to pay back the money he had borrowed, his daughter was made victim of gang rape in Muzaffargarh on Sunday, ARY News reported. The horrific felony was committed by three men at house of a policeman in tehsil Alipur, over the matter of just Rs4,000 loan.  The father of the 17-year-old girl has lodged an FIR with the police, adopting the stance that the culprits took his daughter to their home on gun point and forcibly raped her. Police said prime suspect in the incident Allah…

Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid air

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan: A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and U.S. astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. The rocket was carrying U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing. The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome…

Biohaven tumbles as migraine drug efficacy fails to impress investors

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding said its migraine treatment met the main goals in two late-stage studies but the efficacy data failed to differentiate when compared with rival treatments in a crowded field. Shares fell as much as 50 percent in light premarket trading on Monday but pared losses to trade down 23 percent at $19 as volume picked up. The stakes are high for Connecticut-based Biohaven, which entered a competitive field late and hopes to rival a treatment from Allergan Plc that reported strong efficacy data…

FIFA fails to take decision in Israel-Palestinian dispute

FIFA's leadership refused Friday to intervene in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over football in the occupied territories, opening up a likely confrontation at the international sports tribunal. The world body's ruling council declined to adopt any of three possible actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years looking at the long-running battle. The FIFA Council said it "must remain neutral with regard to political matters" in line with the world body's statutes.…

Two commit suicide after PSM fails to provide employees salaries

KARACHI: Two persons have committed suicide within two days after Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) did not release salaries to its employees for three months, ARY News reported. ARY News correspondent Anwar Khan said two persons, including a PSM employee and an employee’s spouse, have committed suicide within two days. PSM has more than 9,000 employees and its Al Hadeed Welfare Trust has over 40 schools in the metropolis. Since some years it has become a routine that the employees get salaries after three to four months…

Census form fails to accommodate 33 kids of Quetta’s Jan Muhammad

QUETTA: Quetta's Jan Muhammad has befuddled census staff with a list of 37 family members as census form does not have this much space to adjust for one house. He has three wives and 33 children including 23 daughters and 10 sons. The census staff has informed census commissioner of Quetta about this situation. Census population is underway in 16 districts of Balochistan including Quetta. After completion of house count and head count, counting of homeless people has started today across the province. The…

Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction

SYDNEY: A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the auction house said on Monday. The 250-year-old waistcoast was passed in at A$575,000 ($438,035.00) at Sunday's auction in Sydney, after being valued between A$800,000 and A$1.1 million. Aalders Auctions said the highest bidder, a local, was now in negotiation with the owner. "There have been a few Captain Cook…