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News Briefs: Feb. 26-March 3

TOPEKA, Kansas ­— Mayor Bill Bunten signed a proclamation Monday calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics.” The mayor hopes to set Topeka apart from other cities vying to be the test site of Google’s fiber optics experiment, an ultra-fast and efficient wireless internet connection. The proclamation encourages Topekans to recognize and support continuing efforts to bring Google’s fiber optics experiment to the city. In 1998, Topeka had temporarily changed its name to “ToPikachu” in honor of Pokemon. (Source:

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — A city law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption goes into effect in Mexico City on Thursday. The prospect of same-sex marriage has been problematic in Mexico’s Catholic churches and President Felipe Calderón, a member of the conservative National Action Party. In recent years, Mexico’s Legislative Assembly, mostly comprised of the Democratic Revolution Party, has passed civil unions and legalized first trimester abortions. (Source:

CHILE – The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday that killed 799 people and sent tsunami warnings around the world has had cosmic effects. Scientists at NASA say that the quake caused the earth’s axis to shift, which in turn shortened the earth’s day by 1.26 microseconds. (Source:

LOS ANGELES, California — Hulu announced on Tuesday that Viacom would pull its content from the video site. This includes shows such as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” The majority of the content will be available on Comedy Central’s Web site, but this transition is likely to decrease the site’s ad revenue. (Source:

TAIWAN — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Taiwan on Thursday morning (Wednesday night in Galesburg) according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths but some damage has occurred to buildings and major bridges, and power was cut off near the epicenter. Aftershocks as large as 4.8 have also rocked the country. Residents of the area have reported blackouts and the disruption of train services. (Source:

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