Largest Dam Removal and Restoration Project Klamath River Agreements approved by California Governor

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[Best Syndication News] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off on the resolution of the Klamath River resource issues and the Klamath River dams today. This begins the process for the of the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the history of the United States. Both the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settelment Agreement aims to restore the Klamath River and the salmon runs which used to be the largest in the state of California.

The agreement is to remove four Klamath dams, three dams located in California and one dam in Oregon. The goal is to have these dams removed by the year 2020 at a cost of around $1 billion dollars funded by the federal government. The next step in the process is to gain Congressional approval to move forward on this Klamath River restorations project.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa acting on a Soap Opera

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[Best Syndication News] The LA Mayor is moonlighting in the acting wold making his debut on “All My Children” which will air this Wednesday. The role isn't too challenging however, as he will be playing himself.

The filming for the show took place around a month ago. The show just relocated to Los Angeles from their New York roots. In his scene he meet's Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci) while attending a conference in Pine Valley. While there he meets Erica Kane at the local lounge. The mayor was attending the conference to attract businesses to set up shop in Los Angeles.

California Meat Packer Expands Recall 4.9 Million More Pounds of Beef and Veal – List of Meat Recalled

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[Best Syndication News] The California meat packing company, Huntington Meat Packing Inc., located in Montebello, California has expanded upon a January 18th recall of their meats to include around 4.9 million pounds of beef and veal products that was not produced according to the company's food safety plan. There has not been any reports of illness at the time of this writing which has been connected with the meat products included in this recall.

The recall began with 864,000 lbs being recalled because of suspected ecoli contamination. There has been an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) along with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The investigators expanded the recall because of during the investigation they have been uncovering evidence that their records were unreliable in showing compliance with their food safety hazard plans. This has left FSIS to believe that the products have become “adulterated” and are recalling the meat being sold on the market to consumers.

Airforce tests Laser Defense System to shoot down Ballistic Missile

[Best Syndication News] The Missile Defense Agency conducted a test of the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) program to successfully shoot done a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean on February 11th, 2010 at 8:44 p.m. The test of the laser was conducted at the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off the central California coast. This is the first time that ALTB was used to shoot down a ballistic missile while in flight.

To test the laser, the military launched a ballistic missile from an at sea mobile launch platform and then used the Airborne Laser Testbed that was mounted on a modified Boeing 747-400F, which was used to shoot down the simulated threat. First the laser used on-board sensors to track the missile with a low energy laser, then the laser technology fired a low-energy laser to test for any atmospheric disturbances, and then finally, the laser fired off a megawatt-class high energy laser which boosted the heat of the ballistic missile and caused it to have structural failure. The whole experiment was over a two minute duration of the the launch of the missile.

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore in Northern California

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[Best Syndication News] An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude shook this Thursday offshore at the Northern California coast at 12:20 p.m. PT. The nearest cities to the epicenter of the earthquake are Petrolia, and Ferndale California which are 35 -36 miles from the quakes center. The next closest cities are Fortuna and Eureka which is 42 and 47 miles.

The shaking was felt by residents in this area according to initial reports received by the USGS. There was light to moderate with some damage reports coming in, but nothing major has been reported so far.

A tsunami is not expected WC/ATWC officials. They did warn however that locally generated tsunamis can be triggered by underwater landslides.

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