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Pair dead following apparent road-rage shootout at Michigan car wash

Two central Michigan men are dead in what police are describing as a road-rage shootout. Police said 43-year-old James Pullum and 56-year-old Robert Taylor died Wednesday evening after shooting at one another in the parking lot of a car wash in Ionia, Mich., according to The Grand Rapids Press. Officers…

Armed Russian officers ‘storm’ Greenpeace ship in the Arctic to protest oil exploration

Armed Russian officers stormed Thursday a Greenpeace vessel that is in the Arctic to protest oil exploration by Russian gas giant Gazprom, the environmental group said. “People armed with machine guns have descended on to the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise from a helicopter via ropes,” Greenpeace said in a statement.…

Anti-gay activists accuse Dan Savage of promoting apostasy with gay equality project

A pair of conservative activists denounced an effort by advice columnist Dan Savage to show some Christians support homosexual equality as “apostasy.” Attorney Matt Barber, president of Liberty Counsel Action, hosted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera on his “Faith and Freedom” webcast to talk about Savage’s NALT Christians Project. The grassroots…

Son of Navy shooting victim frets ‘aching emptiness’ of next seemingly inevitable mass shooting

Chris Gaarde, son of Navy Yard shooting victim Kathy Gaarde, told Cenk Uygur on Wednesday he hoped the tragic incident would prompt action. But he also worried that nothing would change, and the nation would again be faced with yet another mass shooting. “As I try to come to terms…

Family of Florida man run over by police car calls for ex-cop to be charged

The family of a Florida man killed during a police pursuit over a seat belt violation released dashboard camera footage that appears to contradict the medical examiner’s findings. Marlon Brown, 38, died May 8 after investigators said he refused to stop when a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull…

Fairphone, the first ‘ethically sourced’ smartphone, unveiled in London

A device billed as the world’s first ethically sourced smartphone was unveiled in London this week, but despite thousands of pre-orders its designer says the project remains a huge gamble. The Dutchman behind the Fairphone says it avoids sourcing materials from conflict zones or using factories with poor labour practices,…

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built Nintendo gaming empire, dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, credited with transforming Nintendo from a family-owned Japanese business into a global byword for video games, died Thursday from pneumonia. He was 85. Yamauchi was just 22 when he took over the family business from his ailing grandfather and he went on to head the firm for over…

Fewer layoffs, but unemployment claims still rise

New claims for US unemployment benefits rose modestly last week but the overall trend showed fewer layoffs, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims totaled 309,000 in the week ending September 14, up by 15,000 from the prior week’s revised 294,000 reading, the Labor Department said. The increase was…

Policeman accused of ‘inappropriate’ treatment of Whitney Houston’s corpse

A Beverly Hills police officer has been accused of ogling the naked corpse of Whitney Houston after she was found drowned at her hotel. According to another officer at the scene, detective sergeant Terry Nutall “contaminated” and “mistreated” the body of the singer, removing a sheet that was being used…

Japan baseball league chief quits over ball scandal

The chief of Japanese professional baseball resigned Thursday ending months of calls for him to go after the former diplomat admitted his office secretly changed the design of balls to produce more home runs. Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioner Ryozo Kato had been under pressure since the scandal erupted in…

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