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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…

Suspected mafia boss to make U.K. bail plea

An alleged Italian mafia boss who was arrested in London last month after two decades on the run will appear via video link for a bail hearing on Friday. Italy wants to extradite Domenico Rancadore, 64, so that he can serve a seven-year jail term for his role in the…

Tunisian women ‘waging sex jihad in Syria’

Tunisian women have travelled to Syria to wage “sex jihad” by comforting Islamist fighters battling the regime there, Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou has told MPs. “They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100″ militants, the minister told members of the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday. “After the sexual liaisons…

‘Unfashionable’ Victorian art enjoys revival

Cruel, enchanting and dangerous, John William Waterhouse’s red-haired femme fatale pours poison into a cup in one of the once-feted Victorian artist’s best known works, “The Love Philtre”. Looking straight ahead, the bare-shouldered woman with slanting eyes and a long, angular face pauses, as if inviting the viewer to witness…

France to cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030: Hollande

France will reduce use of fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030 as part of a strategy to halve overall energy use by 2050, President Francois Hollande announced on Friday. “I propose that we set a goal of reducing consumption of fossil energy by 30 percent by 2030,” Hollande said…

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