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Meteor shower causes loud boom over California

A loud boom similar to the sound of an explosion has been heard over much of northern California apparently as a result of an ongoing meteor shower, The Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper, citing Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Servicemeteorologist in Sacramento, said the sound had been produced by a meteor apparently breaking up…

Gambia president won’t take aid to accept homosexuality

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has warned foreign diplomats his country would not be “bribed” with aid to accept homosexuality. His comments late Saturday come less than two weeks after 19 people, including Gambians, Senegalese and Nigerians were arrested and charged with indecent practices after being “suspected of homosexuality”. “If you are to give…

Four-year-old Saudi boy kills father over PlayStation

An angry four-year-old Saudi boy shot and killed his father for refusing to buy him a PlayStation, Saudi media reported on Monday. The Asharq daily, citing police in the southern Jizan area, said the child, aged four years and seven months, grabbed his father’s pistol and shot him in the head. According to…

Breivik apologizes to his non-political victims

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last July, said on Monday he wanted to apologise for killing “innocent” people in hisOslo bombing, but offered no similar apology for the Utoeya massacre. He also insisted that not only his victims and their families had their lives ruined on July 22:…

Brother accuses Samsung boss of being greedy

The elder brother of Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-Heesaid Monday he would not drop his lawsuit over a family inheritance and accused his sibling – South Korea’s richest man — of being greedy. “Kun-Hee has aggravated a discord among brothers, always taking care of his own gain,” Lee Maeng-Hee, 80, said in a statement released through…

Trial of John Edwards set to begin

Opening arguments will begin Monday in the trial of John Edwards, a two-time Democratic presidential hopeful accused of illegally using political campaign money to hide a love affair from the public and his cancer-stricken wife. Edwards, a former senator who was White House candidate John Kerry’s vice presidential choice in…

George Zimmerman freed after posting bail

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed black teen, was released early Monday after posting a $150,000 bond, US media reported. Television networks showed Zimmerman dressed in jeans and a brown jacket walking out of the jail in Sanford, Florida, shortly after midnight…

Obama to announce sanctions against foreigners who use tech to carry out human rights abuses

US President Barack Obama will issue an executive order Monday allowing sanctions to be imposed against foreigners who use technologies to carry out human rights abuses, The Washington Post said. The order would target those found to have used technologies including cellphone tracking or the Internet to carry out violations.…

Moby Dick revisited? Russian scientists seek world’s only all-white killer whale

PARIS — A team of Russian scientists say they will embark on a quest next week to observe the only all-white, adult killer whale ever spotted — a majestic and elusive bull they have named Iceberg. The researchers from the universities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg first spotted the orca’s…

Scientists call for moratorium on Arctic fishing

OTTAWA — Scientists on Monday urged Arctic rim nations to set fishing regulations for the Arctic Ocean, and order a moratorium on fishing until stocks are assessed, before trawlers soon start dropping nets in the pristine waters. “A commercial fishery in the central Arctic Ocean is now possible and feasible,”…

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