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Beating victim Rodney King laid to rest

LOS ANGELES — Rodney King, whose beating by police in 1992 sparked one of the worst urban riots in US history, was laid to rest in Los Angeles, two weeks after his death aged 47. Black rights campaigner the Reverend Al Sharpton called King a “symbol of forgiveness” ahead of…

Police warn Arizona law will incite crime

LOS ANGELES — A key provision of a controversial Arizona immigration law upheld by the US Supreme Court this week requiring police spot-checks is “ridiculous” and could encourage crime, officials say. The “show me your papers” policy will hurt the relationship between police and the community, discourage people from reporting…

Swimming granny fails to reach Florida from Cuba

An attempt by British-Australian woman Penny Palfrey to swim unassisted from Cuba to Florida ended in failure early Sunday after she had to be pulled out of the water unable to cope with a strong ocean current. “Penny Palfrey had to be pulled out of the water, after swimming for…

‘Social protests’ continue across Israel

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated across the country on Saturday, continuing their resurrection of the social protest movement that rocked the country last summer. Protesters in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern city of Haifa chanted slogans including “The only solution to privatisation is revolution” and “Power from money is the…

In Peru, tribes fight new Amazon highway

A fierce row has broken out over a controversial plan to drive a road through pristine Amazon rainforest, imperiling the future of some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes. The 125-mile (200km) road would pass through the Alto Purús national park in Peru, connecting a remote area to the outside…

Cory Booker developing online news service for Generation Y

In a bid to fight what he calls “an oligarchy in the media,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker told TechCrunch he’s been working on an alternative news service geared toward the Millenial generation. Dubbed #waywire, Booker said the site will blend original and syndicated video content, while allowing people to share…

Weekend storms leave at least 13 dead, 3 million without power

The death toll arising from vicious storms that lashed the eastern US climbed to double digits Saturday as millions of people were left without power in sweltering conditions. With temperatures expected to reach triple figures in Washington DC and surrounding areas on Saturday, about 3.4 million people remained without electricity…

Protests planned as Hong Kong installs new leader Sunday

Hong Kong installs a new leader and marks 15 years of Chinese rule Sunday, at a time of strong anti-Beijing sentiment after visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao was targeted by angry protesters. Hu is scheduled to inaugurate the city’s next chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, and his government at 9:00 am…

Governors: No Obamacare for Florida and Louisiana

In separate interviews, the governors of Florida and Louisiana said they would defy this week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said Friday, according to The Tampa Bay Times. “We’re not going to expand Medicaid because…

E-mails reveal Penn State complicity in Sandusky cover-up

A former president of Penn State University failed to report allegations of child sex abuse against Jerry Sandusky despite knowing inaction could leave the college “vulnerable”, according to emails seen by several news organisations. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, is currently awaiting sentencing after being found…

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