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U.S. embassy staff interviews Boston bombing suspects’ parents

A delegation from the US embassy in Moscow interviewed the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan, but were told the two brothers had not contacted local Islamist groups, officials said Wednesday. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are currently living…

Australia originally settled by 1,000-3,000 people 50,000 years ago

Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people around five centuries ago, a study said on Wednesday. Estimating the early population of Australia is a source…

Mother and daughter hurt in Christopher Dorner manhunt awarded $4.2 million

Two women hurt during a manhunt for a gunman who staged a deadly revenge plot against Los Angeles police have reached a $4.2 million settlement, authorities said. On February 7, as the hunt was on for former police officer Christopher Dorner in California, Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother Emma…

Experts warn cheetahs could disappear from the wild by 2030

The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, survived mass extinction during the last ice age 10,000 years ago. But it has taken just the last few decades for man to place the hunter on the endangered species list, with experts warning it could disappear from the wild by 2030. Unlike…

Indian man held for selling baby grandson on Facebook

Police in northern India said Wednesday they had arrested a 47-year-old man for selling his newborn grandson to a local businessman in a deal that was struck on Facebook. Feroz Khan, a resident of Ludhiana city in the northern state of Punjab 300 kilometres (200 miles) from New Delhi, had…

More people arrested in Yosemite for pot possession than any other activity

You might expect to find drug users on Bay Area streets or satisfying their munchies in the Haight’s coffee shops. Yosemite, though, seems like an unlikely place to find prolific drug use. However, Yosemite’s Annual Law Enforcement Reports reveals a dark cloud of marijuana smoke hanging over paradise…  …

Self-proclaimed LulzSec leader arrested in Australia

A self-proclaimed leader of the LulzSec international hacker group has been arrested in Australia, police said on Wednesday, after charging him with attacking and defacing a government website. The 24-year-old, who went by the online identity “ozshock”, was seized at a town 76 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney on…

Boston bombing raises concerns about communication failures

Communication failures between US intelligence agencies may have prevented the detection of the suspected Boston bombers, according to senators briefed in secret by the FBI on Tuesday. The bureau’s deputy director, Sean Joyce, appeared before a closed session of the Senate intelligence committee to address concerns that it did not…

Boston bombing suspect’s wife helping police: lawyers

The wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect gunned down in a police shootout, is cooperating with authorities probing the attack, her lawyers said Tuesday. Katherine Russell, 24, who married Tsarnaev in June 2010 and has a three-year-old child with him, is “doing everything she can to assist (the)…

Ricin charges dropped against Elvis impersonator

A US man accused of sending a poison-laced letter to the White House was released from jail with his charges dismissed Tuesday as officials searched the home of a rival. Paul Kevin Curtis beamed as his lawyer waved the dismissal order at a news conference held shortly after investigators in…

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