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Discovery Channel hostage-taker hated programming

Hostage-taker at Discovery Channel headquarters railed against programs; shot dead by police A gunman police shot to death after he took hostages at Discovery Channel’s headquarters said he hated the company’s shows such as “Kate Plus 8″ because they promote population growth and its environmental programming because it did little…

Five captured in Mexico, accused of bomb attack on police, hacking up body

Mexican authorities say that police in Ciudad Juarez have captured five alleged drug gang members suspected in the killings of two federal officers, including one whose body was hacked to pieces. One of the suspects is also believed to have acted as a lookout in the July 15 car-bomb attack…

2nd US sailor’s body recovered in Afghanistan

Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan; US, Afghan officials say. A second U.S. Navy sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said Thursday. The family of…

Belly-buttons key to success in sport: study

WASHINGTON — Scientists have found the reason why blacks dominate on the running track and whites in the swimming pool: it’s in their belly-buttons, a study published Monday shows. What’s important is not whether an athlete has an innie or an outie but where his or her navel is in…

Saga of sex, death and football grips Brazil

It takes quite a saga to push the World Cup off the front pages in Brazil, but such is the gruesome story of a goalkeeper accused of ordering the murder of his ex-lover whose body parts were then fed to the dogs. At the center of the dark drama is…

Saga of sex, blood and football grips Brazil

It takes quite a saga to push the World Cup off the front pages in Brazil, but such is the gruesome story of a goalkeeper accused of ordering the murder of his ex-lover whose body parts were then fed to the dogs. At the center of the dark drama is…

DA: Pa. woman may keep corpses if she builds crypt

A 91-year-old woman found living with the corpses of her husband and twin sister will be allowed to keep them if she installs a mausoleum or crypt, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Jean Stevens has indicated through her attorney that she plans to build an aboveground vault on her property to…

Brain freezer in Russia claims secret of eternal life

“I don’t ever want to die… It wouldn’t suit me,” said Innokenty Osadchy. Fortunately, the 35-year-old investment banker is certain he has found a loophole out of death. Osadchy is ready to pay a small fortune to freeze his brain until future technology allows him to continue his life —…

Scientists sequence genome of the human louse

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the body louse, offering insights into human biology and insect evolution that could help detach us from our inseparable, blood-sucking companions. The study, published on Monday in the official journal of America’s National Academy of Sciences, showed the louse had the smallest genome of…

Female suicide bombers kill three dozen on busy Moscow subways

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 38 people on packed Moscow subway trains during rush hour on Monday, stirring fears of a broader campaign in Russia’s heartland by Islamists from the North Caucasus. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who cemented his power in 1999 by launching a war to crush…

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