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South Carolina man allegedly deposits body in woods for children to find

Deputies in Lancaster, South Carolina responded to a call Saturday afternoon after a group of children found a badly decomposed human body in the woods. The victim was identified as Rickey James, a local resident who was last seen in October. Police believe that David Adam Pate lured James into…

Unruly Florida man forcibly removed from airplane after bomb threats

A Spirit Airlines flight that originated in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was delayed in Atlanta last week when a man started screaming “[t]here’s a bomb on the plane! If she takes me off, I’ll blow the f****** plane up!” The unidentified man on Flight 404 was captured on video by a…

‘Radical’ Turkistan Islamic Party claims responsibility for attack on China’s Tiananmen Square

Group releases eight-minute audio clip which warns of future attacks in Beijing A radical Islamist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on Tiananmen Square last month and warned of future attacks in the Chinese capital, according to an eight-minute audio clip obtained by a US-based internet monitoring organisation. The…

Rick Santorum’s movie ‘The Christmas Candle’ flops

The power of prayer has failed to save The Christmas Candle, the new release from Rick Santorum’s faith based film studio, EchoLight. The Christmas Candle, set in the fictional English village of Gladbury and billed as “a timeless holiday film for the entire family”, attracted widespread critical scorn as well…

Monty Python adds four dates after reunion show sells out in 43.5 seconds

Monty Python added another four dates to their “one-off” reunion show on Monday after thousands of tickets to their first London live performance sold out in just 43.5 seconds. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin announced their long-awaited return to the stage last week, sparking…

Indian couple guilty in double murder trial that captivated nation for years

A judge found an Indian dentist couple guilty Monday of slitting the throats of their teenage daughter and a domestic servant after a murder trial that obsessed India for years, a lawyer said. “They have been found guilty of murder. They have been found guilty of the destruction of evidence,”…

Fans devour ‘Hunger Games’ sequel in opening weekend

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” took in $161.1 million at the North American box office this weekend in one of the biggest movie debuts ever, industry estimates showed Sunday. Starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, the second installment in the the blockbuster series is anticipated to have the fourth best start ever…

Parisian craftsman builds heirloom umbrellas that outlast their owners

Easily broken and frequently lost, the humble umbrella is not usually seen as a luxury item. But for Frenchman Michel Heurtault, whose creations can sell for thousands of euros, that is just what they are. The 48-year-old artisan uses the finest of materials for his umbrellas and parasols, which are…

Chinese thief writes out hundreds of telephone numbers from iPhone contacts and sends them to owner

A Chinese thief painstakingly wrote out 11 pages of telephone numbers from a stolen iPhone and sent them to the owner, state media said Monday. The pickpocket is believed to have taken the Apple handset from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi, the Xinhua news agency said. Zou had…

Iran deal blunts possibility of Israeli strike but may shuffle alliances

A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has blunted Israel’s military threats against Tehran but the Jewish state can still exert pressure on its arch-foe through diplomatic and intelligence means, analysts say. Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program for the next six months in exchange for limited sanctions…

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