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Student builds first human-powered aircraft

OTTAWA — A Canadian student inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s centuries-old sketches of an ornithopter said Friday he was the first to make a sustained flight in a human-powered, wing-flapping aircraft. Powered and piloted by engineering student Todd Reichert, the craft, dubbed Snowbird, flew 145 meters (476 feet) in 19.3…

DA: NYC cabbie attacker called himself a patriot

Prosecutors: Student called himself a patriot after attacking Muslim cab driver in NYC A college student declared himself “a patriot” after slashing a New York cabbie’s neck because the driver is Muslim, prosecutors said in a court document released Wednesday. Michael Enright also fumed to the police officers who arrested…

GOP ‘sexting’ prosecutor also harassed woman seeking pardon

APNewsBreak: Law student says ‘sexting’ Wis. DA harassed her as she sought a pardon from him A law student says a Wisconsin prosecutor under fire for sending racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim sent her similar texts in 2008 after agreeing to help her seek a pardon. Maria…

NY lawsuit seeks to halt suspicionless searches

NY lawsuit seeks to halt searches of international travelers’ electronics without cause Civil rights lawyers sued the government Tuesday to stop authorities from snooping in the laptops, cell phones and cameras of international travelers without probable cause. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against the Department…

Senate nominee Alvin Greene charged with showing porn to college student

The man whose unexpected victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary for the US Senate sparked concerns of voting fraud has been indicted for showing obscene materials to a college student, the Associated Press reported Friday. Alvin Greene, an unemployed former military service member, won the June primary to run…

AP: Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks chair Reagan youth

They weren’t even alive when he was president, but 18-year-old Jonas brother Nick Jonas and 21-year-old “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks are big Ronald Reagan fans. Jonas and Sparks are leading a committee of 35 prominent young people touched by the life of the Gipper, the nation’s 40th president who…

Feds force colleges to police student file-sharing

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School district blames disabled student for own molestation

When a teacher’s aide at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, CA was arrested for molesting one of the special-ed students under his care, the school district’s first impulse was to cover the incident up and hope no one would find out. Now the student’s parents have sued the Santa…

Democratic congressman apologizes for grabbing videographer

A Democratic congressman from North Carolina has apologized after a conservative Web site posted an edited video showing he had a testy exchange with its anonymous filmmaker. Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com posted the video of Rep. Bob Etheridge Monday. In the clip, the congressman is met by several young men who…

US asks Israel to probe case of girl who lost eye to tear gas canister

Washington has asked Israel to investigate an incident where a US student lost an eye after she was hit by an Israeli tear-gas canister during a West Bank protest, the US embassy said on Monday. Emily Henochowicz, 21, was apparently hit in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by…

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