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Chinese man sentenced to death for school knife attack that wounded 22 children

A knife-wielding attacker who stabbed 22 students at a primary school in China was sentenced to death on Friday, a court said. The Xinyang City Intermediate People’s Court said Min Yongjun, 37, was found guilty of intentional homicide and condemned to death, almost a year after he stormed a school…

South Africa formally apologizes for fake sign language interpreter

The South African government formally apologized Friday for any offense caused by the sign language interpreter it hired for Nelson Mandela’s memorial, later exposed as a fake. “We sincerely apologize to the deaf community and to all South Africans for any offense that may have been suffered,” Arts and Culture…

Iran halts nuclear talks after U.S. blacklist move

Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with major powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading U.S. sanctions, state media reported. “The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the P5+1 for consultations in Tehran,” a negotiator told Iran’s official IRNA news agency.…

Study: Alcohol would have kept James Bond from bedding women or stirring his drinks

Agent 007 boozed so much that in all reality he would have had the tremulous hands of a chronic alcoholic, according to an offbeat study published by the British Medical Journal. If statistics are any guide, Bond would have died from alcohol- and tobacco-related diseases in his mid-50s, it says.…

U.N. report concludes that chemical weapons were used in Syrian conflict

Chemical weapons have been used at least five times during the Syrian conflict and in some cases children have been slaughtered, according to a UN report released Thursday. The report cites “credible evidence” and “evidence consistent with the probable use of chemical weapons” in the Syrian sites of Ghouta, Khan…

Hospital patient says clock told him, ‘Time to die’

Doctors at a British hospital were startled when an upset patient told them that the clock in his ward had announced his time was up, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported on Thursday. “The clock is telling me to die,” the doctors quoted the patient as saying in an unusual…

American missing for six years in Iran was really a CIA agent

An American who went missing in Iran six years ago worked for the CIA and was not in the country on a business trip as US officials had claimed, US media reported Thursday. In a case that had long been shrouded in secrecy and vague official accounts, the Associated Press…

House approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement

House lawmakers on Thursday resoundingly approved a two-year budget deal that repeals billions of dollars in painful automatic cuts and crucially avoids the prospect of a US government shutdown next year. The agreement hammered out between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal…

Riding a bike could save you $10,000 a year

Save $10,000 By Riding A Bike Instead Of Driving (via Clean Technica) The average American family spends about $10,000 a year for transportation, according to Author Elly Blue’s new book Bikenomics. By biking, walking, and riding public transportation, a great deal of money could be saved by consumers.  Blue’s insight……

Nissan tests using electric cars’ batteries to power tech center

Nissan Leafs Can Power Both Offices & Homes (via Clean Technica) Originally published on EV Obsession. You may have heard of the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept in which electric vehicles can supply their battery power to electricity grids during peak hours and other electricity shortages. Nissan recently decided…   [Image via Agence France-Presse]…

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