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Two men shot at New York’s Bryant Park ice rink

Two men were shot Saturday night at about 11 pm in Bryant Park, a popular destination in midtown Manhattan that features an ice rink. Video footage shows a victim being lifted into an ambulance while still wearing skates. One victim was injured in the leg, the other in the torso.…

Typhoon Haiyan: at least 10,000 reported dead in Philippine province

Kate Hodal, The Observer At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in the central Philippine province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, lashed the area, swallowing coastal towns, a senior police official said early on Sunday morning. About 70-80% of…

Maine sued by Big Pharma because it won’t stop foreign drug imports

The pharmacies suing Maine to keep people from importing Canadian mail-order drugs carefully avoid using the word “profits” in their lawsuit. Big Pharma notes that some of its members have been injured, but no specific claim of damage is made. Instead the complaint argues that Maine’s new law explicitly authorizing…

Gonzaga students face expulsion for using gun in off-campus housing to fend off intruder

Facing public ire over the threatened expulsion of two Gonzaga University students who used a legally-owned hand gun to fend off an alleged attacker, the school intends to reexamine its strict policies about weapons in university-owned off-campus housing, the college president said in a statement Saturday. “There have been calls…

Iran nuclear talks fail; new talks in 10 days

French objections scuttled talks Saturday between European powers, the United States and Iran over Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities, according to media reports. While the talks in Geneva have been the longest top level negotiations in decades between the United States and Iran, the major world powers could not come to…

Texas prosecutor will serve 10 days in jail for wrongfully convicting man imprisoned for 25 years

Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson did not disclose evidence to the defense in a case 27 years ago, and will spend 10 days in a county jail. As a consequence of that misconduct, though, Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife Christine,…

Family rescues kidnap victim, kills abductor

After the estranged boyfriend of Bethany Arceneaux kidnapped her on Wednesday, the victim’s family chose not to rely on local police to find her. In a scene out of a movie, they discovered her ex-boyfriend, Scott Thomas, torturing Bethany in an abandoned home in Duson, Louisiana on Friday. Arceneaux’s family…

Lawyers seek new trial for 14-year-old South Carolina boy executed in 1944

Richard Luscombe, theguardian.com Supporters of a 14-year-old black boy put to death in 1944 for the murders of two young white girls have asked a judge in South Carolina to grant him a new trial. An all-white jury took barely 10 minutes to convict George Stinney of bludgeoning the girls,…

Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS virus

AFP – Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case. Saudi Arabia accounts for a full 52 of 127 deaths worldwide from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) so…

Russians take Olympic torch on first-ever spacewalk

Two Russian cosmonauts on Saturday took the Olympic torch on its first-ever spacewalk after stepping out of the International Space Station three months ahead of the Sochi Winter Games. Live footage aired on Russian state television showed Oleg Kotov carrying the unlit torch in his right hand while fellow cosmonaut…

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