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Town that was basis for ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ celebrates late author’s life

In his sleepy, tropical home town, the people who knew the late Nobel-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a child are greeting his death with warm memories and hope. “His grandfather, who was the colonel, kept him in the house a lot, very protective. And (Garcia Marquez) just came out to…

Authorities begin to pull bodies from submerged Korean ferry

Divers retrieved more than a dozen bodies on Sunday from the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, opening a grim new chapter in the search and recovery process. Three bodies — the first to be retrieved from the ship’s interior —…

Missouri GOP: Federal agents who enforce gun laws would be denied future state employment

Missouri Republicans are considering a bill that would bar federal law enforcement officials from state jobs if they ever enforced federal gun laws that the legislators consider ‘unconstitutional.’ According to the Missourian,  GOP legislators would like to include a provision, in the so-called ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act,’  barring federal employees…

Tech workers seek to have Steve Jobs’ emails admitted as evidence in class action suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class…

Fox network executive fired for using company email to help organize Flight 370 charity

A Fox network executive, with over twenty-five years with the company, was recently fired for using her company email account to help organize financial aid for families of the missing Malaysian airplane’s passengers. According to the AP, Darlene Tipton, Vice President of Standards and Practices for the Fox Cable Networks…

Attendance dropping at aquatic theme parks over claims of abuse and suffering

Something disquieting happened at SeaWorld marine parks this year. Numbers attending the group’s popular US centres between January and March dropped, from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a decline of 13%. Nor is it hard to guess the cause, say wildlife campaigners. They see a clear…

Chilean mountain-top telescope will allow us to observe planets outside our solar system

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago. A couple of old concrete platforms and some rusty pipes, parts of the mountain’s old weather station, are the only hints that humans have ever taken an interest in…

PETA demands Michelle Obama not use real eggs for White House Easter egg roll

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have released a video featuring three little girls attempting to shame First Lady Michelle Obama into not using real hard-boiled eggs for Monday’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll, according to ABC news. In the video, one of the girls explains that she…

Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat locking down L.A. Times building

(Reuters) – A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times’ headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation, police said on Saturday. The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken into custody early Friday evening after he…

Two Texas men caught attempting to dump body of cyclist they struck and killed

Two men are in custody in Texas after police, responding to a hit and run report, discovered them attempting to dump the body of the bicyclist they hit in a nearby canal. According to KGBT, the victim, 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles, was bicycling in the early morning hours with a friend…

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