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Reporter claims to have seen bin Laden in Islamabad in 2002

After last weekend’s targeted attack on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his suburban Abbottabad compound, past years’ rumors that bin Laden was living in caves in the tribal wilds of Afghanistan have dissolved. Now that it’s been established that bin Laden could have been hiding in plain sight in…

US post office mixes up Statue Liberty stamp

NEW YORK (AFP) – The US post office had egg on its face Friday after realizing that a stamp showing the Statue of Liberty in close up was not taken in New York’s harbor, but Las Vegas. The mix-up in the 44 cent stamp meant that envelopes are in fact…

Washington woman fined $500 over acid attack claim

VANCOUVER, Washington (Reuters) – A woman who claimed a stranger doused her with acid, only to later admit she injured herself was sentenced on Friday to pay a $500 fine and seek mental health treatment after pleading guilty to making a false statement to authorities. Bethany Storro, 28, was also…

Homeless man arrested in connection with NYC hate crime

A 21-year-old homeless man was arrested Friday night in connection with the brutal beating of Damian Furtch. The New York Daily News reports that Anthony Bray, the man who was arrested, confessed to beating Furtch, but insisted that it wasn’t a hate crime because he himself is also gay. Furtch,…

Electrocuted man gets new face

BOSTON (AFP) – A young man horrifically injured by an electric shock while working in a cherry picker has successfully received the United States’ first full face transplant, a Boston hospital said Monday. Dallas Wiens, 25, can look forward to a new life with a donated face attached last week…

South Korea schools get robot English teachers

Almost 30 robots have started teaching English to youngsters in a South Korean city, education officials said Tuesday, in a pilot project designed to nurture the nascent robot industry. Engkey, a white, egg-shaped robot developed by the Korea Institute of Science of Technology (KIST), began taking classes Monday at 21…

WWII vet’s neck breaking defended: 84-year-olds ‘can kill’ cops, too

A 84-year-old veteran is recovering from surgery to repair damaged vertebrae after an Orlando police officer reportedly flipped him onto his face and broke his neck. On Saturday, “Police say Daniel J. Daley, 84, of Orlando was transported to Florida Hospital Orlando after he ‘struck’ an officer and the officer…

Wash. woman burned in acid hoax charged with theft

Prosecutor: Decision to file theft charges against Wash. woman in acid attack hoax was easy A prosecutor in the case of a Washington state woman who falsely claimed a stranger had thrown acid in her face says the decision to charge her with theft was an easy one. Clark County…

French Senate passes ban of full Muslim veils

French Senate votes overwhelmingly to outlaw Islamic face veils in last step to make ban law The French Senate has voted overwhelmingly for a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil everywhere from post offices to streets, in a final step toward a making it law. The Senate voted 246 to…

On Facebook: Israeli soldier posed with bound Arab

Ex-Israeli soldier in trouble over Facebook photos of her posing with blindfolded Palestinians. A former Israeli soldier posted photos on Facebook of herself in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners, drawing sharp criticism Monday from the Israeli military and Palestinian officials. Israeli news websites and blogs showed two…

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