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Fake Lottery Scams Running Rampant Across US

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Fake lottery scams are stronger than ever. Most of us have received a mysterious email offering millions of dollars as the recipient of some nebulous overseas jackpot. Often preying on seniors and others who are willing to believe that their luck has turned and fortune has finally smiled on them.

With a still struggling economy and most Americans now on-line, scammers are working hard to get you to part with your money. Many of these lottery scams center on a potential victim being contacted via email and told they have won a large cash prize. Then the scam artist informs the victim that they must pay a fee - often several thousand dollars - to secure release of the funds. It's usually described as taxes or a processing fee.

Some really bold scammers follow up those emails with repeated calls to their victims. Jamaican thieves recently targeted a West Virginia man, pressing him for taxes, bank charges and other fees in order for him to receive a purported $10 million lottery prize. Before he caught on, the rip off artists collected more than $40,000.00 from the victim over a 10-month period, as reported by WTOV9. The state's Attorney General is investigating.

How could this happen? "They convince people that the winnings are real, using personal information about you. But, most of that information is actually available on the internet for anyone to see," says seven time lottery game grand prize winner, Richard Lustig.


UN Recognition of a Palestinian State Receives Public Approval in Europe

© Darren Whiteside/ReutersPortraits of youths pasted on the West Bank barrier show the flags of countries backing the Palestinian bid for statehood.
Polls in France, UK and Germany show the majority of people back recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN

The majority of people in the UK, France and Germany want their governments to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state if a resolution is brought before the United Nations in the next few weeks, according to an opinion poll.

The three European countries are seen as crucial votes in the battle over the Palestinians' bid for statehood at the UN, which meets next week. All three are pressing for a return to peace negotiations as an alternative to pursuing the statehood strategy, but they have not declared their intentions if it comes to a UN vote.

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At least 75 Kenyans dead after pipeline explosion

© AP Photo/Ben CurtisJoseph Mwangi, 34, is aided by ambulance workers as he lies in a state of shock after discovering the charred remains of two of his children, one aged 6 the other of unknown age, at the scene of a fuel explosion in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.
Nairobi, Kenya - Joseph Mwangi hoped and prayed his children had escaped the inferno caused when a leaking gasoline pipeline exploded on Monday, sending flames racing through a Nairobi slum and killing at least 75 people.

Then he saw two small blackened bodies in the wreckage of his home.

"Those were my children," he sobbed, collapsing in anguish amid the charred corrugated iron sheets and twisted metal.

Mwangi had been feeding his cow when the call went out around 9 a.m. - a section of pipe had burst near the river that cuts through the slum and gasoline was pouring out. Men, women and children grabbed pails, jerry cans, anything they could find to collect the flowing fuel.

Mwangi had planned to get a bucket and join them - he'd done so before with earlier diesel leaks without any problem, he said, and a bucket of fuel could pay a month's rent. "Everybody knows that fuel is gold," the 34-year-old said.


'At Least 11 Dead' in China Ferry Sinking

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© ReutersA rescue team searches for missing people of a ferryboat sinking accident in Shaoyang, Hunan province.
At least 11 people, including nine schoolchildren, died when an apparently overloaded ferry capsized in a river in southern China, reports said Saturday.

Local authorities said 45 people, including two crew, were aboard the boat when it became ensnared in a cable and tipped over, CCTV reported.

But witnesses quoted by the Beijing News said there were 92 schoolchildren on the ferry, and one blogger claimed to have counted as many as 63 bodies in the river after the Friday afternoon incident.


At least 187 Dead in Tanzanian Ferry Disaster

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© AP / Sultan AliTanzanian police carry bodies of children from the sea in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
At least 187 people have died after an overloaded ferry sank off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar with at least 800 people on board.

A government spokesman said 620 survivors had been rescued. Three days of mourning have been declared.

The MV Spice Islander was travelling between Zanzibar's main island, Unguja, and Pemba, the archipelago's other main island - popular tourist destinations.

It is thought to have capsized after losing engine power.

Rescue efforts were hampered by the fact that the overloaded boat had capsized at night.


280 Arrested, 45 Wounded on Chile Coup Anniversary

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The numbers are in from violence on the 38th anniversary of Chile's military coup: Police arrested 280 people and 45 people were injured, including a teenager who is in critical condition with a bullet in his chest.

The disturbances during the commemoration of Chile's Sept. 11 followed an otherwise peaceful march to Santiago's memorial for the more than 40,000 people who were killed, disappeared, or tortured and jailed during the military dictatorship.

Monday's disturbances left their mark around the capital Tuesday morning, with streetlights damaged and the smoldering remains of street blockades at various points around the city.

Source: The Associated Press

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US: What We Lost: Remembrance As Narcotic

9/11 firefighters
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There is much to grieve today. First, the act itself, and its losses. Legendary war photographer James Nachtwey happened to be there; his previously unpublished photos of the day capture the surreal horror, almost too beautifully. Then, the first responders, and what we have failed to give them. Next, the tchotchkes, the crap born of America's ceaseless need to trivialize, vulgarize, profit in the name of remembrance. Finally, and most grievously, there is the cost of that willed but so deeply flawed national remembering - the 10 years of wars, and lies, and numbing. We are, nonetheless, still here. Mother Jones: Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.

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Greece : Thousands turn out for anti-austerity protests

More than seven separate rallies held around the city, many marred by violence

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Some 25,000 demonstrators converged in Thessaloniki on Saturday night to protest the government's ongoing austerity drive.

More than seven separate demonstrations were held in different parts of the northern port but a record number of police officers - over 7,000 - prevented any of the groups from approaching the heavily guarded venue where Prime Minister George Papandreou was giving his annual speech on the state of the economy.

The most violent protests were those involving taxi drivers who are furious at government plans to liberalize their sector.

A group of around 3,000 protesters attempted to storm a police barrier and were pushed back by officers firing tear gas. Television coverage showed some of the cabbies hacking pieces of stone from sidewalks and hurling them at officers.

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Prepare for a £4,600-a-year fall in living standards by 2013, UK households warned

The average British household will experience by 2013 a fall in living standards equivalent to a £4,600 cut in annual income, a new study warned today.

The TUC said that a crippling combination of public service cuts, benefit changes and below-inflation pay rises will leave the typical UK family feeling worse-off by nearly £5,000 a year.

An average-income single parent living in London with two children will lose the most, according to the report, with their spending power reduced by 10%.

Meanwhile, a high income, two earner family, living in the South East with three children, will lose the least - 6% of effective income.

© n/aTough choices: Many households may soon have to forgo luxuries like a bottle of wine with dinner

Comment: This is currently happening not only in UK, but France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, ...


Air Force One Flight Plan Blogged by Tokyo Air Traffic Controller

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Man could face charges of leaking national secrets after blogging private American flight information, including Air Force One flight plans

An air traffic controller from the Haneda Airport in Tokyo could face charges of leaking national secrets after blogging private American flight information, including Air Force One flight plans.

The air traffic controller, who was only identified as a man in his 50's who works at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, posted 12 pages of sensitive information regarding American flight plans, such as those of a Global Hawk drone that gathered radiation readings near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

It also detailed flight plans of Air Force One during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Asia in November 2010, providing numerical data and a flight route. The flight details of Air Force One are kept secret in order to protect the president.

According to the Transportation Ministry, the man didn't appear to have acted maliciously, but instead, just wanted to show his friends. He did not provide an explanation of the numbers or images on his blog, which would have been "largely incomprehensible to a layman." Nevertheless, the ministry said the man could face charges of leaking national secrets and is currently being questioned.

Japanese officials are reportedly embarrassed by the security breach, and are worried that the U.S. will now question Japan's ability to handle sensitive information. It reflects a similar episode in 2007 when a Japanese Navy officer was arrested for copying data about the U.S. Navy's Aegis combat radar system onto CDs and giving them to fellow classmates at a naval school.

Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, said that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may apologize to President Obama during a meeting in New York this month.