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George Zimmerman’s estranged wife reveals doubts about his innocence

The estranged wife of George Zimmerman said she’s developed doubts about her husband’s involvement in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Shellie Zimmerman told the Today Show on Thursday that her husband had changed since his acquittal in July on second-degree murder charges. “He just kind of treated me…

Bill Gates calls ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ a mistake

Bill Gates has admitted that asking users to press the “Control+Alt+Delete” key combo to logon to their computers a “mistake”… right before passing the buck along to IBM, which refused to add a single button that would…  …

Anti-radiation fence at Fukushima nuclear plant has hole: TEPCO

Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Thursday spotted a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbour, the operator said. Tokyo Electric Power set up silt fences in the harbour next to the plant, including one covering each outlet at reactor units…

Montana teacher released from prison after 31-day sentence for raping teen

A former high school teacher was released Thursday from prison after serving just 31 days for raping a student who killed herself before the case went to trial. Stacey Rambold will be placed on probation for 14 years and 11 months for the rape of former student Cherice Moralez, who…

Bad weather linked to train suicides in Japan: study

The number of suicides on Japanese railways increases after several days of bad weather, according to a study released Thursday, which urged train operators to increase patrols during rainy periods. The study, which chimes with commonly held beliefs about mood and weather, was an attempt to find reasons behind some…

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to stop displacing Bedouins

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Israel to stop trying to displace Bedouin families in the West Bank, where the army last week manhandled European diplomats on an aid mission. “The Israeli military should end its unjustified attempts to forcibly remove a decades-old community,” the New York-based watchdog’s Middle East…

Afghan doctors remove extra head from baby girl

Surgeons in Afghanistan have carried out a life-saving operation on a baby girl born with an extra head, doctors and relatives said Thursday. The girl — named Asree Gul (new flower) and one of a pair of twins — was admitted to a hospital in the eastern city of Jalalabad…

Russian court detains two Greenpeace activists for two months over Arctic drilling protest

A Russian court on Thursday ordered two Greenpeace activists to be detained for two months over a protest on an Arctic oil platform, as the Netherlands called for the activists’ immediate release and threatened legal action against Moscow. The first group from the 26 foreign and four Russian activists accused…

‘UpWorthIt’ parodies Upworthy’s socially-conscious linkbait

Tomorrow’s PandoMonthly guest Chris Hughes is best known for cofounding Facebook, jumpstarting Obama’s online campaign, and taking over the New Republic. What’s less talked-about is his role as an early investor in Upworthy, the socially conscious, social-media-powered beast of a content site that exploded to 30 million monthly uniques last…

The X chromosome is not, in fact, X-shaped

Humans, we know, have 23 pairs of chromosomes in each cell, including one pair of sex chromosomes: females have two X chromosomes, and males have an X and a Y chromosome…  …

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