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3 dead, 14 injured as apartment building collapses after explosion in Reims, France

Reims explosion
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An apartment building collapsed after an apparent gas explosion in the northern French city of Reims, killing at least three people and injuring fourteen.

The blast destroyed 10 apartments in the four-story building at around 11:15am local time. The area was evacuated over fears of a second explosion.

Initially two fatalities were reported, but later in the day crews searching for survivors turned up the body of a woman under the rubble, raising the death toll to three. Michel Bernard, the top government official in Reims, said it was unlikely that the toll would rise any higher.

One person was hospitalized with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and another 13 people had minor injuries.

The blast at the four-story building was probably caused by a gas leak, Mayor Adeline Hazan told BFM TV, adding that the blast was "very strong" and had shattered windows in other buildings.

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UK mother forced daughter, 14, to get pregnant using sperm donor

A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge says.

In a ruling reported for the first time on Monday, High Court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief.

The judge said the woman, an American divorcee living in Britain with three adopted children, hatched the plan after she was prevented from adopting a fourth.

The scheme involved getting her oldest daughter to inseminate herself with syringes of sperm purchased over the internet from a Denmark-based company, Cryos International.

Jackson said the daughter, identified only as A, "became pregnant at the mother's request, using donor sperm bought by the mother, with the purpose of providing a fourth child for the mother to bring up as her own".

In his ruling, the judge quoted the teenager as saying she was shocked by the suggestion, but thought, "If I do this ... maybe she will love me more."

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Italian police shot outside prime minister's office

Suspect in attack, which took place as Enrico Letta's new government was being sworn in a mile away, named as Luigi Preiti

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Explosion in Prague, many injured, 4 critical

Up to 40 people were injured, 4 of them critical, when a massive blast damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital Prague, as firefighters told AP and Russia Today Reported.
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Frog in can of green beans!


St. Joseph County, Indiana - An Indiana woman bought a can of green beans on sale for 69 cents, and what she found inside will keep her and her family from ever eating canned green beans again.

"We eat a lot of green beans. We do. We did. Nobody wants anymore now," said Gloria Chubb.

Gloria, a retired nurse, is disgusted by what she served up at the dinner table for her and her son.

"It was meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans," she said.

It was what was in the can of Meijer green beans that made them both lose their appetite.

People

Protesters attempt to storm government buildings in Madrid, Spain


Protests between police and demonstrators continued into the night in front of the parliament building in Madrid.

Around 1,000 demonstrators tried to shut down the government in a protest over the country's austerity measures and tax hikes.

The protest turned violent earlier in the day after demonstrators tried to tear down the barrier that blocked the entrance to parliament.

The protest happened on the same day the country's unemployment figures were released... a record 27 percent with more than six million people out of work.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to announce further reforms to help cut Spain's deficit later on Friday.

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Lamestream TV titans lose US viewers over slanted stories

The major TV news networks in the US are losing viewers tired of opinionated coverage and carefully selected stories, according to a recent study by an American nonpartisan thinktank. RT's Gayane Chichakyan looks into the phenomenon.

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Boston and freedom: slipping away, or already gone?

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© Gerard L. Nino/US Customs and Border Protection
The government's fidelity to the Constitution is never more tested than in a time of crisis. The urge to do something - or to appear to be doing something - is nearly irresistible to those whom we have employed to protect our freedom and to keep us safe. Regrettably, with each passing violent crisis - Waco, Oklahoma City, Columbine, 9/11, Newtown and now the Boston Marathon - our personal freedoms continue to slip away, and the government itself remains the chief engine of that slippage.

The American people made a pact with the devil in the weeks and months following 9/11 when they bought the Bush-era argument that by surrendering liberty they could buy safety. But that type of pact has never enhanced either liberty or safety, and its fruits are always bitter.

he Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It was written to create and to restrain the federal government. Every person who works for any government in the U.S. has taken an oath of fidelity to the Constitution, not unlike the presidential oath, which induces a promise to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

The chief and final interpreter of the Constitution is the Supreme Court. One may not always agree with its interpretations, but they are, as legal scholars sometimes say, "infallible because they are final." Those interpretations are particularly final when we have relied on them for generations.

One of those rulings underscores the primacy of constitutional protections, no matter the environment in which they are claimed. Indeed, after the Civil War had ended and President Lincoln was dead, the Supreme Court in a case called Ex parte Milligan (1866) rebuked and reversed Lincoln's unilateral assaults on personal freedoms in the North and in so doing reminded us that the Constitution was written for good times and for bad, and its protections cover all persons at all times and under all circumstances who have any contact, voluntary or not, with the government.

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Massive explosion rocks Marathon Detroit Refinery

Marathon Detroit Refinery
© Twitter user@Publimetro

A tank containing diesel fuel at the Marathon Detroit Refinery has reportedly exploded, forcing a mandatory evacuation order for a nearby area. No injuries have been reported so far.

The fire is located in one of the refinery's smaller tanks, Marathon spokesman Shane Pochard has told the Detroit Free Press.

Marathon's own fire crew are battling the flames, along with first responders from Detroit and surrounding areas, Pochard said.

It is unknown if anyone was injured or how the fire started, Pochard said.

A HazMat team from the Detroit Fire Department and Senior Fire Chief Carl Smith are at the scene.
Reports of the explosion came in just before 6 pm local time.

Marathon, based in Findlay, Ohio, has 7 refineries.

"Police have blocked Fort Street off by I-75 south ... oh my goodness ... there's an ambulance out here, a fireman standing outside, you know, it doesn't look like they are trying to get close. They are not trying to go in there," one listener told the local radio station

Comment: Is there a symbolic significance to the fact that the Marathon Detroit Refinery explodes a few days after bombs go off in the Boston marathon? After the recent explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas, does anyone think that there have been a little too many things exploding in the US lately?

Sometimes the Universe speaks with symbols, but who is listening?


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Univ. of Arizona student Dean Saxton holds sign: 'You deserve rape'

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Dean Saxton, a junior at the University of Arizona, protested a campus sexual assault awareness event on Tuesday with a sign that read, "You deserve rape."

"If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you're probably going to get raped," Saxton told the Arizona Daily Wildcat. "I think that girls that dress and act like it, they should realize that they do have partial responsibility, because I believe that they're pretty much asking for it."

Saxton, who is majoring in religious studies, often preaches on campus under the name "Brother Dean Samuel."