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Man dies from bird flu in China

Health authorities in southern China are urging residents not to panic after a man who contracted the bird flu virus died at the weekend, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The man, surnamed Chen, died on Saturday in Shenzhen – a boomtown that borders Hong Kong where thousands of chickens have already been culled after three birds tested…

Police release images of suspect in LA arson spree

Los Angeles police released security camera images of a man suspected over a spree of arson attacks that kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year. The LA Police Department (LAPD) has also asked residents to leave their porch and car port lights on overnight, after some 40 fires were set over three nights including New…

Mubarak wheeled into court as trial resumes

Egypt’s fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court on a stretcher as his trial for the deaths of protesters resumed on Monday, live footage broadcast by state television showed. Mubarak, 83, is being treated in a military hospital for a heart condition between sessions of the trial. He faces execution if…

Sunni leader slams Iraq rights violations

BAGHDAD — Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi slammed the human rights situation in Iraq Monday, arguing that “massive” violations were “destroying” its democracy just as it grapples with a festering political row. Osama al-Nujaifi said that targeting the innocent, the use of violence against individuals and their property, and random arrests…

Sitting on a panel, talking Iowa

Here's hour one and two of today's episode of "Up with Chris Hayes": Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   It was kind of strange listening to two men I'd characterize…

Two NASA probes go into lunar orbit

WASHINGTON — The second of two NASA lunar probes on a mission to study the Moon’s inner core went into orbit as planned, the US space agency said. The second Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-B) will join GRAIL-A which reached lunar orbit on Saturday, according to officials at NASA’s…

Indiana bill would outlaw singing national anthem ‘inappropriately’

Legislation introduced to the Indiana Senate would make it a crime to stray from approved lyrical or melodic guidelines while performing the national anthem at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities. The bill was proposed by Sen. Vaneta Becker (R). She told The Indianapolis Star that it…

Elton John wants Timberlake to play him in biopic

LOS ANGELES — Elton John is working on a biopic about himself and would like Justin Timberlake to take on the lead role, he said in an interview published Sunday. The British veteran star also spoke about his and partner David Furnish’s love for their son Zachary — whose first…

Obama has ‘failed’ on Iran: Romney

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney charged Sunday that President Barack Obama has “failed” in his efforts to get Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear program. “I want to make sure that the people of this nation understand that he failed us not only here at home,…

Gunman on loose after ranger killed in U.S. park

LOS ANGELES — A US federal ranger was shot dead in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, triggering a manhunt for the gunman and the closure of the park in Washington state, officials said. The suspect escaped on foot after shooting the 34-year-old female ranger, a park spokeswoman said, adding…

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