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Virginia mom charged with child neglect in 8-month-old boy’s death

A 32-year-old Virginia woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with felony child neglect in the death of her 8-month-old son, WRC-TV reported. Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez was being held at the Arlington County Detention Facility without bond. Authorities said Hernandez drove the boy to work with her but forgot…

BBC reporter shot in the head during Egyptian protests

BBC Middle East bureau editor Jeremy Bowen was shot in the head and leg while covering a demonstration in support of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Friday, the Huffington Post reported. “I think it was a shotgun,” Bowen told the British newspaper the Daily Mirror. “I got two pellets…

BREAKING: Burning plane ‘literally broke apart’ in crash at San Francisco airport

A plane is burning on the runway at San Francisco International Airport while emergency personnel attempt to evacuate survivors. According to Heavy.com, the plane is a Boeing 777 Asiana flight that was coming in from Seoul, South Korea. Witnesses are saying that the plane’s tail touched the runway as it…

Dozens missing after oil train explosion levels Canadian town center

A series of explosions rocked the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec late Friday night when a train carrying thousands of tons of crude oil derailed. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the blasts flattened buildings and left at least 60 people missing. Firefighters were still trying to contain the resulting blaze…

Horny ‘hipster’ toad brawls with his mustache

A species of Chinese toad is unusual among amphibian species, not just because it is unusually aggressive to others of its kind, but because of its horny, barbed “mustache,” which is uses in fights for mating sites and dominance. According to New Scientist, the male Emei mustache toad (Vibrissaphora boringii)…

What does history say about U.S. success in arming rebel movements?

EmbedVideo(’6879′, ’514′, ’320′); MARGARET WARNER: So what does history say about how successful the U.S. has been in arming rebel opposition movements? On that, we get two views, Michael Pillsbury was assistant undersecretary of defense for policy…  …

Mentorship for new teachers helps combat burnout and improve retention

EmbedVideo(’6880′, ’514′, ’320′); JUDY WOODRUFF: Now a coming crisis in the classroom, as more teachers exit the profession. A nonprofit organization is combating the high turnover rates by mentoring new teachers. Our story comes from Ash-har Quraishi…  …

Escaped inmate tackled by flag-wearing man on Fourth of July

It was not the home of the free on July 4 — at least not for James Myers, because that was the day the escaped prison inmate was tackled to the ground by a man wearing an American flag shirt. WEWS-TV reported that Myers, who is serving a life sentence…

16-month-old girl dies after relative leaves her in locked vehicle for hours

A 16-month-old girl died on Friday after being left inside a locked van while temperatures exceeded 90 degrees, WJZ-TV reported. Baltimore County Police said the girl, identified as Sabriya Towels, was left behind by an unnamed male relative who was supposed to take her to a local Head Start care…

Baltimore mayor tells Matthews: ‘The public agrees’ on gun control, ‘but Congress just hasn’t had the courage to act’

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) used MSNBC’s host Chris Matthews’ own data on Friday to rebuke his suggestion of an urban-rural divide on gun safety laws. Rawlings-Blake said she saw not a divide among Americans, but between citizens and lawmakers. “That is us agreeing,” she said, pointing out Matthews’ own…

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