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Arkansas ex-cop killed while trying to set anti-corruption blogger’s hot dog cart on fire

A former police officer died while trying to set ablaze a food cart belonging to a blogger who exposed crooked cops and other corrupt city officials. ArkansasMatters.com reported Friday that former Little Rock Police Officer Todd Payne died when blogger Ean Bordeaux (pictured above) tackled him as Payne tried to…

South Korea ferry captain defends actions, bodies seen in ship

Divers began to locate bodies Saturday inside a submerged South Korean ferry as the detained captain defended his decision to delay evacuation of the ship when it capsized nearly four days ago with 476 people on board. Investigators arrested captain Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew early in the…

French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world’s most dangerous country for the media. French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, saying they were “in good health despite…

Everest avalanche death toll reaches 13

Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide on Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world’s highest peak. Three sherpas remained missing from Friday’s avalanche which struck after a large party of guides left…

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped smartphone market. Inflexionpoint, an information technology supply company co-founded by Sculley, will start selling the smartphones next…

Students push Oregon Christian university to allow trans student to live in male dorm

Students rallied this week to support a transgender male student at George Fox University in Newberg, OR who wants to transfer to the school’s men-only dormitory. According to KOIN, Jayce M became legally male this month and feels that he no longer belongs in the Christian college’s female dorm. “In…

Florida school wasn’t told teacher accused of bedding 17-year-old had ‘sexted’ 8th-grader

A 29-year-old Florida teacher is currently accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. But state officials said they were not made aware of a separate investigation against her at a previous job for sending sexually-suggestive text messages to an eighth-grader six years ago. WKMG-TV reported on Friday…

U.S. automakers looking to crack Russian market despite tension over Ukraine

Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington’s sanctions against Moscow: U.S. automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. “The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany,” said John Branch, a…

U.N. Security Council: Attack on South Sudan base that left 58 dead could be ‘war crime’

The United Nations Security Council said the attack which killed at least 58 people on a UN base in South Sudan where thousands of civilians were sheltering may ‘constitute a war crime’. Expressing its “outrage” over the attack on Friday, the world body demanded the South Sudan government do more…

Nevada Republican defends Cliven Bundy but calls immigrants ‘terrorists’

A Nevada Republican legislator complained about MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ remarks regarding rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle, yet repeatedly referred to undocumented immigrants as “terrorists” during a combative interview Friday night. “I’m not saying I agree with Cliven Bundy, I’m saying the way this was handled was really suspicious,” state Assembly…

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