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92-year-old WWII vet raises nearly $140K online to avoid eviction by daughter

A 92-year-old World War II veteran has avoided being evicted by his daughter after raising nearly $140,000 online. John Potter, of Zaleski, Ohio, had received an eviction notice from his daughter, Janice Cotrill, and her husband earlier this year, reported WHAS-TV. Potter’s granddaughter, 35-year-old Jaclyn Fraley, helped him set up…

Syria rebels fracturing as the Free Syrian Army condemns jihadists

A new front is emerging in Syria’s war, as mainstream rebels come to blows with jihadists, endangering their common goal of ousting Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Ever since Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) appeared on the battlefield, tensions between the Free Syrian Army (FSA)…

5.7-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

A shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck close to Myanmar’s second-biggest city on Friday evening, seismologists said. The quake hit at 6:54 pm local time (1224 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), the US Geological Survey said. It was 110 kilometres north of the city of Mandalay. The agency…

Regulators designate Prudential Financial as ‘too big to fail’

US regulators on Friday named insurer Prudential Financial to its list of “too-big-to-fail” institutions, the third non-bank placed under a tighter regulatory regime to reduce risks to the financial system. The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s move subjects Prudential to tougher oversight and capital standards also applied to the country’s largest…

French mother jailed for sending son named ‘Jihad’ to school in ‘I am a bomb’ shirt on 9/11

A French mother who sent her three-year-old son to school in a T-shirt reading “I am a bomb” and “Jihad, born on September 11″ was given a suspended prison term Friday for defending crime. Bouchra Bagour said she had simply wanted to mark the birthday of her son — who…

Finance student in Spider-Man costume charged in apparent robbery attempt

Police arrested a man wearing a Spider-Man costume early Friday after he was accused of trying to rob a Pittsburgh convenience store. Jonathan Hewson, 21, was charged with robbery after a clerk said he walked in wearing the superhero costume and loudly demanded to know how much money was in…

Google unveils its next big project: Immortality — or at least radical life extension

Google’s Next Big Project: Beat Death (via slashdot) Google has created a new company, Calico, with a mighty task: beat back death, or at least ensure that people live in better health for longer. Calico will focus on health-related issues, specifically aging and related diseases. Art Levinson, the former…  …

Fight over union-busting Wisconsin law rumbles toward state Supreme Court

Wisconsin union fight rumbles toward state Supreme Court (via The Christian Science Monitor) Teachers rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison in this 2012 photo. The state Supreme Court has accepted a legal challenge to the state law that effectively ends collective bargaining for most state workers. (AP Photo/(M.P.…

Toddler among 13 wounded in Chicago gang shooting

Thirteen people, including a toddler, were wounded in an overnight gang shooting in Chicago, President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown that has been struggling to stem violent crime, police said. Among the victims was a three-year-old child who was in critical condition after being shot in the ear when gunfire erupted…

Watchdog: Children blackmailed into sex abuse via webcam

Children as young as eight are being blackmailed into performing sex acts live on webcams, causing some of them to self-harm or even commit suicide, a British watchdog warned on Friday. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said it had conducted 12 investigations over the last two years…

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