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Canada: Arrest Made in York University Sex Assault

Toronto police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman on the York University campus.

The alleged assault took place on Thursday at about 4 p.m. inside the Seneca College building on Finch Avenue West.

Police say the 20-year-old victim was walking to the building when she became aware of a man walking very close behind her.

When the woman entered the Seneca College building the man continued to follow her.

Once inside the main hall the man sexually assaulted the woman.


Canada: Child worker gets 27 months on porn, voyeurism charges

© CBC NewsJason Keough, shown outside court in 2008, was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison
Former high-school counsellor and child protection worker Jason Keough was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for exploiting three young couples for sexual purposes.

Keough was convicted in January on two counts of possessing child pornography and one count each of making voyeuristic materials and voyeurism.

The sentence imposed by Justice Donald Manderschied is nine months longer than what the Crown had recommended and includes jail time for the voyeurism conviction. The judge said no court has ever imposed jail time for that offence.

Crown prosecutor Diane Hollinshead later explained to reporters that courts have been imposing conditional sentences or probation as a punishment for voyeurism, which is still a relatively new offence.

She welcomed the judge's decision to sentence Keough to prison on that count.

Alarm Clock

US: Brooklyn Toddler Dies After Circumcision

Jamaal Coleson Jr
© New York PostJamaal Coleson Jr., 2 years old, died after being circumcised.

New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the death of 2-year-old Jamaal Coleson, Jr. following a circumcision Tuesday at Manhattan's Beth Israel Medical Center.

"They gave him anesthesia, and after the circumcision he woke up he was fine," said Jabbar Coleson, Jamaal Jr.'s uncle, who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. "He asked to eat, he asked for something to drink, and then he started complaining about pain in his stomach."

Jabbar said his nephew was in the outpatient ward when doctors noticed something was wrong. But four hours passed before the toddler was rushed to the emergency room, he said.


Discovery of Air France Body a 'Relief'

Air France body
The father of a passenger from the Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 said the removal of a body from the sea provided some relief for victims' families.

Nelson Marinho, president of the Brazilian Association of Relatives of Victims of Air France Flight 447, was reacting to news of a remote-controlled submarine removing a body from the deep sea wreckage of the plane.

The body was still strapped into the seat, making the recovery difficult, according to a statement from French police.


US: Mysterious Powder Sparks Evacuation at Utah Federal Building

Field test negative for any radiological substances

Ogden - The James V. Hansen Federal Building was evacuated Thursday after an envelope addressed to the IRS was found to contain an unknown powder.

Approximately 200 employees were evacuated from the building at 324 25th St. and sent home. A handful were kept in the building and decontaminated by hazardous materials teams wearing hazmat suits with air tanks.

The FBI is in charge of the investigation.

Debbie Dujanovic Bertram, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City FBI office, said in an email Thursday evening that a field test of the substance by the Ogden Fire Department was "negative for any radiological substances." Biological testing is being conducted at a lab, and no one in the area where the substance was found has experienced any symptoms.

The incident is the second of its kind in the area in a week. On Friday, a white powdery substance was found at an IRS building in Farr West. The substance turned out to be harmless.


U.S.: Farmers sue Army Corps of Engineers after levee explosion destroys farmland

© Jeff Roberson / AP Missouri farmers worry that their land will be buried under feet of sand and silt, rendering it useless for years.

Washington - Attorneys have filed a class action complaint on behalf of farmers whose land was flooded when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers exploded a levee on the Mississippi River, sending water onto 130,000 acres of prime Missouri farmland.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, contends the property rights of the farmers and landowners under the 5th Amendment to the Constitution were violated when a 15-foot high wall of water was released and flooded their property.

Better Earth

Teens Sue States to Protect Climate, Declare Atmosphere a Public Trust

blue sky
© Andres Rueda/Creative Commons

Love the idea, not sure it will succeed: Lawsuits have been filed in several states by climate activists, attempting to declare the atmosphere a public trust and force the US to meaningfully act on climate change. Previously such an approach has been used to clean up polluted waterways, but success here will likely depend on a judge will to break new ground.

The suits were filed in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Additional legal action is planned for Alaska, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

Writing in The Guardian, 16 year old Alex Loorz, listed as plaintiff in the California suit, writes:
Our parents' and grandparents' generation have created a problem. They've developed a society that depends on burning fossil fuels, like coal and oil, to survive. They never realized that there were any huge consequences to running our lives with fossil fuels. But now, we do.

Today, I and other fellow young people are sueing the government, for handing over our future to unjust fossil fuel industries, and ignoring the right of our children to inherit the planet that has sustained all of civilization. I will join with youth and attorneys in every state in the US to demand that our leaders to live and govern as if our future matters.

The government has a legal responsibility to protect the future for our children. So we are demanding that they recognize the atmosphere as a commons that needs to be preserved, and commit to a plan to reduce emissions to a safe level.


Sir Paul McCartney to wed for third time

The Beatles legend, 68, confirmed he has proposed to long-term girlfriend Nancy Shevell.
© PacificCoastNews.comShe loves you ... Paul McCartney and Nancy in New York this week

And last night, American businesswoman Nancy - 17 years his junior - said: "It's true."

Macca has been dating Nancy since 2007. Their relationship began after his bitter split from former glamour model Heather Mills - known as Mucca over her porn past.

Eye 1

Australia: Flood victim's bizarre claims

© Rob WilliamsZachary Jibson and father Danny McGuire at the funeral of three of their family members.

Flood survivor Danny McGuire was yesterday at the heart of a bizarre story involving claims he could be charged with causing the tragic deaths of his family in the floods.

Acting Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and even Premier Anna Bligh were eventually forced to dismiss claims made by Mr McGuire yesterday morning.

Mr McGuire told media he would be charged with driving an emergency vehicle causing death and driving the vehicle while unlicensed.

Evil Rays

U.S.: Mysterious gas smell triggers neighborhood lockdown

San Diego- It was a mystery that took roughly four hours to figure out for a section of a Paradise Hills neighborhood.

San Diego Fire and Rescue crews along with Hazardous Materials crews from both the city and county responded to investigate a gas odor in the 6200 block of Childs Avenue.

The primary odor seemed to linger in one area, but reports came in from a four to five block area, according to San Diego Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Perry Peake.

As a precautionary measure firefighters went door to door notifying residents to stay inside and not to start up their barbecues.