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Baja California (Mexicali) San Diego Earthquake video

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Mexicali Earthquake Photos: Twitter Tells the Story [PICS]

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A magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook Baja California. It was felt from San Diego to Mexicali to Phoenix. There was some damage, but thankfully, casualties were low. We turned to Twitter for a closer look at the earthquake’s impact on the communities along the Pacific. These photos of the damage in Mexicali and other locales were shared via Twitter and TwitPic this afternoon by people who experienced the earthquake first-hand. We saw it (perhaps more aptly) after the Chile earthquake, too: Social media can make personal experiences universal. Twitter advocates like to talk about how much more quickly news and images can get out through the service, but that’s not the only thing that’s changed in today’s world as a result of social media.

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The Shroud of Turin revisited

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In 1949, American chemist Willard Libby reported the development of a new dating technique, radiocarbon (C-14) dating. However, it would be more than a decade until the scientific community, and the world as a whole would recognize the significance of this new dating technique. Despite this apparent lag in support for radiocarbon dating, the result of these technologically advanced tests would have an enormous impact on science and archaeology in the subsequent years. With radiocarbon dating, archaeologists would be able to directly determine the age of undated sites and artifacts without the complication and confusion of relying on cross-cultural comparisons with areas previously dated through other means, predominately written records, (Renfrew et al., 2006: 37). Almost forty-years later, Libby's radiocarbon dating would come under intense scrutiny with the discovery and dating of the Shroud of Turin.

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General Motors decides not to sell Opel

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“GM will soon present its restructuring plan to Germany and other governments and hopes for its favorable consideration,” said Fritz Henderson, president and CEO. “We understand the complexity and length of this issue has been draining for all involved. However, from the outset, our goal has been to secure the best long term solution for our customers, employee, suppliers, and dealers, which is reflected in the decision reached today. This was deemed to be the most stable and least costly approach for securing Opel/Vauxhall’s long-term future.”

On a preliminary basis, the GM plan entails total restructuring expenses of about € 3 billion, significantly lower than all bids submitted as part of the investor solicitation. GM will work with all European labor unions to develop a plan for meaningful contributions to Opel’s restructuring. While Opel continues to outperform against its viability plan assumptions and immediate liquidity is stable, time is of the essence.

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Germans Frustrated Over G.M. Keeping Opel

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Feeling jilted after six months of negotiations, German officials reacted angrily Wednesday to General Motors’ decision to keep its European business, Opel, rather than sell a majority stake to a consortium backed by Berlin, The New York Times’s Nelson D. Schwartz, David Jolly and Bill Vlasic reported.

Expressing frustration with the U-turn, the new German economics minister, Rainer Brüderle, vowed to make the Detroit automaker repay the money that had already been lent. “We will get back taxpayers’ money,” he told reporters in Berlin, deeming G.M.’s move “totally unacceptable.”

Klaus Franz, the top labor leader at the company’s headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, called it “a black day.”

“The path back to General Motors is something we won’t sign on to,” he added.

Opel workers, along with the German government, had strongly backed a sale to the Canadian-Austrian auto parts company Magna and Russia’s Sberbank, believing that would protect the most jobs. G.M.’s European operations include the Opel and Vauxhall brands.

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As Persian Jews pray for their souls on Yom Kippur

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The holiest day of the year is ripe for matchmaking because it draws big crowds to synagogue, including young people who don't often attend. 'Every year the skirts are getting shorter,' a woman says.
Yom Kippur, the holiest and most somber day of the Jewish calendar, is a time for repentance, traditionally reserved for fasting and intense prayer. But scores of Iranian American Jews in Los Angeles, many of whom congregate in just a handful of synagogues across the city, aren't just looking for forgiveness on the Day of Atonement.

They're looking for love.

Facing enormous pressure from their families to marry within the community, many of these young people -- and their matchmaking relatives -- say they use the day to scope out potential romantic interests and tap into vast social networks to get the scoop on prospective candidates.

The irritability and less-than-fresh breath that can accompany the 25-hour fast don't seem to stop many of them from dressing up and synagogue-hopping from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside in search of a soul mate.

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