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Police shoot, kill unarmed black man seeking assistance after ‘serious’ car accident

On Saturday, police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 24-year-old man they now believe was seeking help after a being involved in a serious car accident. Police Chief Rodney Monroe described the events of the evening, which ended in one of his officers, Randall Kerrick, turning himself in…

‘Net neutrality’ debate may decide future of Netflix

Debate is back on in Washington on US regulations on “net neutrality” which bar Internet broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against services or content. A court case for which arguments were held this month brought by Verizon, one of the largest Internet service providers, challenges the “Open Internet” rule…

Canadian Muslims protest Montreal ban on religious garb

Thousands of mostly Muslim protesters took to the street in Montreal to express anger at a plan to ban public sector workers from wearing religious garb in Quebec. The prohibition of headscarves, turbans and other religious garments is part of a proposed overhaul of the Canadian province’s “Charter of Values.”…

China welcomes US-Russia deal on Syria

China’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the deal between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons “The Chinese side welcomes the general agreement between the US and Russia. This agreement will enable tensions in Syria to be eased,” Wang Yi said at a meeting with his visiting…

Japan now nuclear-free as last reactor is shut off

Japan is to start the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor Sunday for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power. The move will leave the world’s third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima…

War on Science continues: plan to create science laureate falters in Congress

What began as a seemingly nonpartisan proposal to name an honorary unpaid Science Laureate of the United States in the same vein as the US Poet Laureate has fallen on the rocks of partisan rancor in Washington. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI)…

Hurricane Ingrid slides toward Mexico

Tropical Storm Ingrid has become Hurricane Ingrid, and is heading for Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour and is likely to grow stronger over the next two days before making landfall Monday, the…

Destroying chemical weapons is hard enough, but Syria is a new challenge for inspectors

If US and Russia strike a deal in Geneva, inspectors may soon be embarking on a task that has never been tried. The job of an international chemical weapons inspector is one of the most dangerous in the world. Inspectors have to seek out some of the most poisonous substances…

Teen arrested for using app to “shoot” his classmates with a cellphone

Police arrested a 15-year-old high-schooler Thursday in Louisiana for “terrorizing” his classmates with a phone app that edits video to make them appear as though they are being gunned down Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s Capt. Dawn Foret told the Lafourche Daily Comet that the H.L. Bourgeois High School student, used a…

Sarah Palin sued for copyright infringement by New Jersey publisher

The North Jersey Media Group filed suit against Sarah Palin and her political action committee Friday, alleging copyright infringement over the use of an iconic photograph of a flag at Ground Zero taken by one of their newspaper photographers. The suit filed in Manhattan federal court by the publisher of…

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