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Active Antarctic volcanoes may be ‘lubricating’ ice sheets into ocean

Accelerating ice loss from the Antarctic icesheet could be due in part to active volcanoes under the frozen continent’s eastern part, a study said on Sunday. From 2002 to 2011, the average annual rate of Antarctic icesheet loss increased from about 30 billion tonnes to about 147 billion tonnes, the…

Child with dead chicken around his neck found shackled to porch at home of Department of Social Services supervisor

Dorian Lee Harper and his wife, Wanda Sue Larson, were arrested on Friday after deputies found their 11-year-old foster child handcuffed to the porch with a dead chicken hanging from his neck. Police arrived at the home of Harper and Larson, who works for the Department of Social Services —…

Forty-four dead in Boeing 737 crash

A Boeing 737 on a domestic flight crashed Sunday while attempting to land at Kazan airport in western Russia, leaving 44 dead, the emergency situations ministry said. The plane, which took off from Moscow, “crashed at Kazan airport at 7:25 pm (1525 GMT),” the ministry’s local branch said in a…

Rob Ford to find show where people will believe his ‘outrageous lies’ in SNL cold open

The cold open to Saturday Night Live last night featured repertory player Bobby Moynihan as embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The skit began as a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News Toronto interview with Ford, who repeatedly confessed that he’d “goofed up” during the previous week. Each attempted confession, however, entailed a…

Online gambling to be legal in U.S. ‘within 10 years’

Internet gambling is on a roll in the US market after years lurking in the shadows. New Jersey kicks off its online wagering November 26, becoming the most populous state to do so after Nevada and Delaware. Other states have become active since 2011, when the federal government signaled it…

‘Quite ill’ Nelson Mandela now unable to speak

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela remains “quite ill” and is unable to speak, using facial expressions to communicate as he receives intensive medical care at home, his ex-wife told Sunday media. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old was not on life support but he was no longer talking “because of all the…

Alternate ending to ‘Breaking Bad’ leaked online

An alternate ending to be included in the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series box set — which will not be released until November 26 — was leaked online last night. The ending features Bryan Cranston, who played “Walter White” on Breaking Bad, in bed with Jane Kaczmarek, who played Cranston’s…

German recluse wants to keep Nazi-looted art trove

Berlin — Cornelius Gurlitt, an elderly German recluse who hid hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich flat, will not give up the works without a fight, a report said Sunday. Gurlitt, 80, told Der Spiegel news weekly in an interview that his father, a powerful…

Louisiana parish votes to save library fund after commissioner’s rant about ‘teaching Mexicans how to speak English’ there

John Chrastka’s brigade of pissed-off librarians came into the game late in the Louisiana parish ballot referendum defunding libraries for jail money. But the social media blitz appears to have paid dividends, both for library funding in Lafourche parish (Louisiana’s term for a county) and for the profile of his…

Accused rapist allowed to raise identical twin defense at trial

An Army officer linked by DNA to the sexual assault of several young girls will be allowed to argue that his identical twin brother could have committed the crimes. 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas, a decorated artillery officer, is charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, enticement of a child and indecent exposure.…

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