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Newtown victim’s sister becomes gun control ‘accidental activist’

By Edith Honan (Reuters) – Jillian Soto was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a New England highway when she learned over Facebook that her older sister Vicky, a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, had died in a shooting. In the six months since, Soto said she has become an accidental…

Britain asks airlines to block NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden from flying to the UK

(Reuters) – Britain has asked airlines worldwide to block American Edward Snowden, who leaked details of U.S. government telephone and internet surveillance programs, from boarding any plane headed for the United Kingdom, the Associated Press reported on Friday. The Associated Press, in a report out of Bangkok, said British officials…

Almost 500,000 without power in U.S. Mid-Atlantic

(Reuters) – Almost half a million homes and businesses, mostly in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, were still without power early Friday following a series of severe storms on Thursday, according to local power companies. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest power company in the United States, was the hardest hit with…

NSA PRISM: Pentagon bracing for anti-government activism over climate change disasters

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has…

Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick (UPDATED)

UPDATE 8/25/13: In a strongly-worded piece, The Guardian’s Readers Editor repudiated the facts in this syndicated piece and said it would be taken offline by the newspaper. Raw Story awaits official notice from the paper and then remove it as well. The popularity of the bizarre practice, sometimes called ‘worming’,…

Study reveals ancient fossil Gogo fish had abdominal muscles

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient Australian fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals. Researchers mapping the oldest fossilised vertebrate muscles ever seen — in Gogo fish thought to be 380 million years old — worked out the position…

Sarin: a lethal nerve gas that kills in minutes

Sarin, a deadly nerve gas which the United States now says the Syrian regime has used against rebel forces, was developed by Nazi scientists in 1938. Originally conceived as a pesticide, sarin was used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime to gas thousands of Kurds in the northern town of…

Sweden may cut Palestinian aid over ‘lack of progress’

Sweden is considering slashing its aid to the Palestinians because of a lack of progress in achieving a two-state solution, International Development Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson said Friday. She told public broadcaster Swedish Radio that aid paid out to the Palestinians to build up their administration in Gaza and the…

Son of Louisiana senator arrested for DUI and hit and run

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – The 21-year-old son of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu was arrested and charged on Thursday with drunken driving and hit and run after he allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving the wrong way down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, police said. Connor Snellings was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. local…

Collapse of Miami bar deck hurls scores of partiers into the drink

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – An outdoor deck at a Miami area sports bar partially collapsed late on Thursday, spilling dozens of people into Biscayne Bay and injuring 24, two of them seriously, authorities said. About 100 people were on the deck behind Shuckers Bar and Grill when it…

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