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Watercooler Stories – July 19, 2012 – UPI.com

Driving tax considered in California SAN JOSE, Calif., July 19 (UPI) — A California transportation agency said it is considering a tax on motorists for each mile they drive in their cars. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco Bay area agency leading the discussions on the possible tax, said …

BBC News – Cuban cholera outbreak reaches Havana

The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo. More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention. The authorities say the outbreak …

Vietnamese protest over islands dispute with China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A group of Vietnamese marched through the capital’s streets shouting “Down with China!” in a rare protest Sunday following growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. About 200 people chanted in the rain, some waving flags and holding signs, as they walked through …