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Fifth student sues Illinois school district claiming sexual abuse during hazing ritual

A fifth plaintiff joined the lawsuit against Maine Township High School, its principal, Audrey Haugan, and two former coaches, Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez. The suit alleges that the five soccer players were sexually assaulted during hazing rituals that date back to 2007. According to court documents, the players were…

Orca ‘parade’ caught on video offers rare window into their movements

< On the InterWebs it is more common to see videos of huge dolphin gatherings, but recently one with many orcas was uploaded to YouTube. It is a very rare window into their movements and in a large number. The camera person does a good job of capturing…  …

‘Mystery’ of artist David Hockney aide’s toilet cleaner death still unsolved

It remains a mystery why a 23-year-old assistant to British artist David Hockney drank lethal acidic toilet cleaner, but police have ruled out anyone else being involved, an inquest into his death heard on Friday. Dominic Elliott collapsed and died in March after drinking Knock-Out toilet and drain cleaner at…

Perot Foundation donates $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

Yesterday, the Perot Foundation of Dallas Texas announced it would donate one million dollars to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The gift was specified as undesignated, meaning that the funds can be applied however Planned Parenthood sees fit. The Perot Foundation has long been a supporter of women’s health issues…

BP accuses Louisiana leaders of ‘political grandstanding’ over Deepwater Horizon disaster

Oil company and US state embroiled in war of words over the clean-up operations after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster BP and one of the US Gulf states most affected by pollution from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010 have become embroiled in an acrimonious slanging match over the oil…

Russia to deploy ‘star wars’ defense system in 2017: report

Russia’s defence ministry plans to deploy in 2017 a sophisticated new air missile defence system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies on Friday. “The promising S-500 air defence missile system is at the development stage. It’s planned to be deployed in 2017,”…

France backs action on Syria as U.S. seeks coalition, says strike possible by Wednesday

French President Francois Hollande gave a boost Friday to US hopes of forging an international coalition for possible strikes against Syria after British lawmakers rejected any involvement in military action. The White House had signalled Thursday that President Barack Obama, guided by the “best interests” of the United States, was…

Irish Nobel literature laureate Seamus Heaney dead at 74

Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was widely regarded as the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats, who like Heaney was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Heaney was renowned for his mastery of Irish and Gaelic sources, as well…

Massive solar drone could remain in flight for five years

Huge Solar Plane Could Fly For Five Years (via Clean Technica) A solar-powered high-altitude drone made by Titan Aerospace is intended to be able to remain in flight for about five years. When manufactured, it would have 3,000 solar panels producing about 7 kW of electricity and would be above…

James Clapper says Feds will start releasing ‘some’ FISA and NSA metadata

We were just mocking the government’s position that it cannot reveal the “metadata” on the numbers of FISA orders (and the number of people impacted) when those same people insist that we shouldn’t worry about many NSA surveillance programs since they…  …

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