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NY police: Wear pants to ward off sexual assault

Police officers in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where several sexual attacks have occurred in recent months, are amping up their nighttime presence and offering a more unusual form of protection: wardrobe advice. According to the Wall Street Journal, one 25-year-old woman was stopped with two other women recently. The 25-year…

Community of rare gibbons found in Vietnam

The lively morning calls of a rare species of gibbon has led to the discovery of the only known “viable” community of the talkative primates in remote Vietnamese forests, conservationists said Monday. A “substantial” population of 455 critically endangered northern white-cheeked crested gibbons were found living at high altitudes and…

Iraq veteran amputee dies after fall from roller coaster

A veteran who lost both legs in Iraq died at an amusement park in upstate New York after he fell from a 208-foot roller coaster, local press reported on Saturday. James Hackemer, 29, died Friday night at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort near Buffalo, New York after falling from…

S. Korea dog meat festival bites the dust

A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled following growls of protest from animal rights activists, one of the would-be organisers said Tuesday. The Korea Dog Farmers’ Association had scheduled for Friday a festival aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption, said Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to the association.…

‘Ground Zero mosque’ leader: ‘Muslim-free zones’ are un-American

The developer of a planned Islamic center in lower Manhattan says project won’t be moved away from Ground Zero. Sharif El-Gamal wrote in The New York Daily News Friday that “contrary to some confusing statements reported in the press, Park51 will not move its location.” “It has taken us nine…

Kenya sees rise in elephant population despite poaching

TSAVO NATIONAL PARK, Kenya — Despite increased poaching and a recent severe drought, Kenya has recorded a rise in elephant population in its flagship park, wildlife authorities announced Saturday. Elephant population in the expansive Tsavo ecosystem in the south of the country rose to 12,572 from 11,696 three years ago…

Fake article prompts NYC mosque opponents to boycott Justin Bieber

Some opponents of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” have launched a boycott of Justin Bieber over the Canadian teen pop sensation’s support of the construction of a Muslim community center not far from the site of the 9/11 attacks. The only problem is, Bieber has apparently never endorsed the center…

Kentucky may subsidize creation theme park

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Ark Encounter LLC and Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is widely known for its Creation Museum, will begin construction of a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in his state. And according to reports coming out of the state, Kentucky taxpayers may end up subsidizing…

Hiker killed in rare attack by mountain goat: officials

SAN FRANCISCO — A hiker has died after reportedly being fatally attacked by a mountain goat while at a national park in the western US state of Washington, US park officials said on Sunday. Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park, told AFP that the victim Robert Boardman, 63, was…

NYC public advocate: Brooklyn voters were ‘disenfranchised this morning’

Infamous butterfly ballot designer Theresa LePore can’t be blamed for any of this. “Voters around New York State stepped into the brave new world of electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s primary elections amid complaints around the city of longer-than-usual delays and troubles with the scanners that are supposed to swallow…

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