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Six Russian teenagers buried under 5 meters of snow in Siberia, 1 escapes avalanche

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Rescuers are searching for six teenagers who have been buried under five meters of snow after an avalanche hit them on a mountain slope in East Siberia. Their classmate who managed to escape the snow trap is currently in hospital.

The group was heading to the summit of Mount Ak-Bashtyg in the republic of Tyva, East Siberia, when the avalanche hit.

The teens wanted to place flags on top of the mountain which is believed by the locals to bring luck, said Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov on his Twitter page @RFdeti.

The avalanche as high as 5-6 meters was about 200 meters in width and 600 meters in length according to the Emergencies Ministry's information. The threat of further avalanches in the area remains high.
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Cop said cannibalism interest hurt his life: FBI agent

Gilberto Valle

Gilberto Valle
New York - An FBI agent says a New York police officer accused of conspiring with others on the Internet to kill and eat women was cooperative and willing to help the agency catch dangerous people on the Internet when he was arrested in October.

Agent Anthony Foto told a Manhattan federal court jury Friday that Officer Gilberto Valle said he was willing to help the FBI distinguish between those individuals on a sexual fetish web site who were real threats and those only involved in role play.

Valle, who has been jailed without bail since his arrest, has maintained throughout that he was only engaging in kinky Internet fantasies and was not going to act on them.

Foto said the officer admitted that his online passion had consumed him, ruining his personal life.

Valle "claimed he did not enjoy it and he did not know why he was doing it," the agent said.

Under interrogation, Valle lamented that his chats and emails with others on the Internet about cannibalism were leaving him exhausted and uninterested in sex with his wife.

Foto testified Valle acknowledged that his fetish of kidnapping, killing and eating women wasn't satisfying and he "claimed he would not have gone through with it."

The testimony came as the government winds down its case against the 28-year-old officer.

The trial's first week concluded on Friday afternoon. Jurors were due back on Monday.

12 schoolchildren die in collision as India's road woes continue

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India has an appalling record when it comes to road deaths, according to government figures.
Delhi, India - At least 12 schoolchildren were killed when their bus collided head-on with a truck in northern India Monday.

The wreck, which left 10 others injured, occurred in Jalandhar district, Punjab state, police superintendent Yurinder Singh Hayer told CNN.

The driver of the school bus was also killed in the crash, which happened at around 8 a.m. local time, according to police.

Hayer said the bus had some two dozen schoolchildren on board.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

India has an appalling record when it comes to road traffic deaths. In 2011, more than 142,000 people were killed in about 490,000 road crashes, according to the country's transport and highways ministry.
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At least 15 killed on Kenya coast on election day

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A woman with a child casts her ballot inside a polling station in Kenya's town of Gatundu March 4, 2013.
Nairobi/Mombasa, Kenya - At least 15 people were killed in attacks by machete-wielding gangs on Monday as Kenyans queued to vote in a presidential election they hope will rebuild the country's image after a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of tribal bloodshed.

A few hours before the 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) start of voting and with long queues across the nation, at least nine security officers in Kenya's restive coastal region were hacked to death, and six attackers were also killed, a regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said. The total toll had earlier been put at 17.

There were two separate attacks and senior police officers blamed one of them on a separatist movement - which, if confirmed, would suggest different motives to those that caused the post-2007 vote ethnic killings and could limit their impact.

Officials and candidates have made impassioned appeals to avoid a repeat of the tribal rampages that erupted five years ago when disputes over the poll result fuelled clashes between tribal loyalists of rival candidates.

More than 1,200 people were killed, shattering Kenya's reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies and bringing its economy to a standstill.

As in 2007, the race has come down to a high-stakes head-to-head between two candidates, this time between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. Both will depend heavily on votes from tribal loyalists.

Female Iranian communists organize topless protest against hijabs in Swedish capital

The Iranian female activists have followed the footsteps of the scandalous Ukrainian FEMEN movement, flashing their breasts in protest against the hijab headscarf, women wear in the Islamic world.

The action performed by members of the Iranian Communist Party and the Organization Against Violence on Women in Iran took place in the center of the Swedish capital, Stockholm on Sunday, and was dedicated to International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8.

The women painted their bodies with slogans such as "My nudity is my protest" and "No to hijab" and displayed pictures from anti-Islamic demonstrations by FEMEN.

The topless photos from Stockholm first appeared on FEMEN's official website, with members of the "sextremist" movement expressing their confidence that "in the historical battle 'woman v. Islam' women will win!"

Hysterical USA: Fresh Prince rap triggers school lockdown

Will Smith, Fresh Prince

Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Now this is a story all about how a high school student's life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap.

The teen's voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Pennsylvania school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.

While trying to confirm an appointment with 19-year-old Travis Clawson the receptionist thought the message said "shooting people outside of the school". The line is actually "shooting some b-ball," a reference to basketball.

The receptionist called 911 and Economy police arrested Clawson a short time later at Ambridge Area High School, but released him once he explained the message.

Acting police Chief James Mann says police acted "appropriately" out of concern for students' welfare.

Clawson's family has contacted an attorney.

Source: The Associated Press

New York State trooper stabbed in neck inside of Empire State Plaza, part of state Capitol complex

Suspect in Sunday attack at large, officials say
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State Police investigate the scene in the Empire State Plaza concourse where a trooper was reportedly stabbed in the neck on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Police closed the concourse and searched the area for the suspect.
A New York State trooper was stabbed in the neck inside of the state Capitol complex Sunday afternoon by an assailant who fled the scene and is still at large, officials told the Daily News.

The trooper was in surgery Sunday evening and is expected to survive, one source said. The circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately known.
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Elderly woman dies after Bakersfield nurse refuses to do CPR


California - Nurse at a senior living facility won't aid a resident despite pleas from a 911 dispatcher, citing policy.

Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson pleaded with the woman on the other end of the line to start CPR on an elderly woman who was barely breathing.

"It's a human being," Halvorson said, speaking quickly. "Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die?"

The woman paused.

"Um, not at this time."

According to a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department, the woman told Halvorson that she was a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield. But the nurse refused to give the woman CPR as directed by the dispatcher, saying it was against the facility's policy for staff to do so, according to the tape.

The elderly woman was identified by KGET-TV Channel 17 as 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless. She died Tuesday at Mercy Southwest Hospital, the station reported.

Jeffrey Toomer, executive director of Glenwood Gardens, issued a statement on behalf of the facility, extending his sympathies to the Bayless family. But Toomer also defended the nurse, saying she followed policy.

Police dog accidentally fires gun into Lawrence home

Lawrence, Massachusetts - A specially trained police dog accidentally fired a gun into a Crescent Street home while searching for the stolen firearm in a nearby snowbank.

The stolen firearm was reportedly buried in a snowbank by one of three suspects who were being sought by police. K-9 Ivan was called to the scene shortly after the incident occurred early Saturday morning.

An officer was reportedly parked on Reservoir Street around 2 a.m. when he heard three gunshots. He pulled around to the front of the building and saw three males driving away towards Haverhill Street, reports The Eagle-Tribune.

The suspects noticed they were being followed and attempted to flee at a high rate of speed. At the intersection of Crescent and May, the driver pulled over and 28-year-old Jose Calderon jumped out of the backseat, ran to the opposite side of the road, and began to bury something in the snow. Calderon then went back to car.

Police ordered Calderon and 21-year-old Alexander Gonzalez and 26-year-old Jorge Henriquez out of the vehicle. In the backseat of the car, police found a bullet casing.

Power loss leads to water problems, and grumbles, in New Orleans

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New Orleans residents were grumbling after another loss in water pressure led to contamination fears across the city, March 3, 2013.
New Orleans: Come for the food, but don't drink the water. (Not right now, anyway.)

New Orleans' East Bank was under a boil order Sunday after a small fire at the parish's Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant caused a power loss that resulted in low water pressure, officials said.

No one was reported hurt in the fire.

The contamination fears brought grumbles from residents (see below) about the city's long-maligned infrastructure, which saw similar contamination fears in October after a mechanical failure at a power plant resulted in a loss of water pressure.

The boil order was expected to last at least 24 hours as officials tested the water to determine whether it had been contaminated. Water pressure was reported to be back to normal.