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Israeli Terrorists: Palestinian Father, Mother And Children Injured By Settlers Firebomb

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Palestinian medical sources in Bethlehem reported Thursday that a cab driver, a Palestinian father, mother and their children, from Nahhalin town, near Bethlehem, suffered moderate to severe injuries after fundamentalist Israeli settlers hurled a firebomb at the Palestinian cab.

The attack took place when the Palestinian Taxi was driving near the illegal Bat Ayin and Gavot illegal settlements, close to the Gush Etzion settlement block, south the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Medical sources reported that a cab driving a Palestinian family was attacked by extremist settlers who also hurled a firebomb at it leading to six injuries; the wounded six family members received initial treatment in Bethlehem before being moved to the Hadassah Israeli hospital in Jerusalem due to the seriousness of their injuries.

Comment: Attacking four year olds with molotov cocktails - it doesn't get any more evil than that.


Brazil drug gangs move to ban crack

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Crack is whack, and even the most powerful drug gangs in Rio aren't disputing that fact.

Amid a painful and violent uptick in crack-cocaine usage and facing increasingly successful police strategies pushing them out of the favelas, the most powerful drug gang in Brazil's capital of Rio de Janeiro has opened up a public relations front, telling members of the press that they will no longer sell crack because it destabilizes communities.

Authorities in Rio aren't buying it, however. They believe the new twist in strategy is part of a smokescreen to confuse continued efforts at pacification, a police strategy that's successfully pushed heavily armed drug gangs out of many areas in Rio's notoriously violent slums, where civilians all to often wind up as innocent victims of stray gunfire.

Pacification techniques factor heavily into the city's plans to host the 2016 summer Olympics, especially since Brazilian officials do not want visiting athletes or tourists to see the city's open-air drug markets or relatively common violent side. By pacifying areas near where the games will be held, authorities have succeeded in creating a relatively safe public space, gradually winning hearts and minds.


Julian Assange's mother hangs up on Sieg Heil-ing radio host

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Christine Assange, the mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, was due to speak about her son with an Australian Sunday morning radio host when things went terribly wrong.

After hearing John-Michael Howson shout down the previous guest, Wikileaks Australian Alliance cofounder Sam Castro, and subject her to what Assange later described as "a torrent of verbal abuse," Assange told him, "I won't be doing an interview with you because you're acting like a pig."

Howson then began screaming, "Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!" and Assange hung up on him.

Howson claimed afterwards that he had reacted the way he had because Assange was attempting to censor him. "She comes on and says to me she's not going to talk about - that to me shows her trying to censor me," he insisted. "I'm not going to be censored by her, so I said, 'Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!' ... it's a Nazi mentality by these people."


Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95

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Actress/comedian Phyllis Diller has died at the age of 95, her agent confirmed to NBC News on Monday.

"She was a true pioneer," Fred Wostbrock said. "The first female stand-up comedian. She paved the way for everybody. She paved the way for Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler. Phyllis was the first of the first. The first female to play Vegas ... she was on Broadway, she made movies. She did it all."

Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated press, "She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face."

According to E!, her son Perry found her. She is also survived by two daughters.

Diller suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999. The cause of her death has not been released.

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Police Brutality! LAPD filmed punching man for skateboarding on wrong side of street

In a scene that brought with it echoes of the Los Angeles Police Department's most infamous moment, residents filmed four officers holding down and punching a young man picked up outside his home for allegedly skateboarding on the wrong side of the street.

According to KTLA-TV, a protest is being planned for Monday in support of 19-year-old Ronald Weekley Jr. after the beating was captured on a cell phone Saturday.

"If you see the videotape, there are about three or four officers on top of my son," Weekley's father, Ronald Weekley Sr., said. "Then an officer comes into view, gets down on the ground and hits him in his face, and that's something you can hear on the tape. The results are, is that he has a broken nose, he has a broken cheekbone and he has a concussion."

Weekley was cited with resisting arrest.

The footage aired by KTLA shows two officers holding the younger Weekley down and another punching him in the face. A fourth officer standing atop the fray can be seen speaking into his radio. Another officer enters the frame seemingly ordering the unidentified resident filming the incident to move away. It is reminiscent of the seminal video of the traffic stop that propelled Rodney King into the national consciousness.


Calif. Veterinarian Donald Huber Arrested after Dog Dies in Hot Car

Palm Desert veterinary surgeon Donald James Huber was arrested Saturday, August 4, after a dog locked inside his car allegedly had a seizure and died of suspected heat exhaustion, according to Riverside County Sheriff's deputies. (Palm Desert is about 11 miles east of Palm Springs, California.)

Palm Desert Police Department responded on August 4 at 9:04 a.m. to a 911 call that a dog was locked in a car in the 42000 block of Washington Street. When deputies arrived, they found the car parked at the Desert Veterinary Specialists Animal Hospital at 42-065 Washington St., with an 8-year-old German shepherd locked inside the vehicle without food and water, sheriff's Sgt. Radek Horkel told reporters. "An officer broke the vehicle window in an attempt to save the dog's life after not being able to locate the dog's owner."

Deputy Joshua Morales said that the dog began seizing and died at the scene, according to The Desert Sun..

As deputies were preparing to tow the car away, the dog's owner, Douglas James Huber, 51, of Rancho Mirage, arrived and was taken to the police station for questioning, Horkel said. Huber was confirmed by officials to be a veterinarian. He was then booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor animal endangerment.

Huber has been licensed to practice veterinarian medicine in California since 2004. Before that, he was licensed in Massachusetts since 1987, according to the Sun.. He has no public record of discipline and no criminal record in Riverside County.

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Palm Scanning Causing Concern Among Moss Bluff Elementary Parents

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Mark of the Beast: A Louisiana public school's decision to purchase palm scanners to speed up lunch lines and payments has been met with religious opposition.
A local elementary school is trying to implement a new program in their cafeteria. But the palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents.

"I was very, very mad," said parent Mamie Sonnier. "Disappointed."

Many parents felt that way on Monday after reading a letter sent home with their children from Moss Bluff Elementary School. The letter introduced a new program, the palm vein scanner, to move students through the lunch line at a faster rate. With almost 1,000 students, Principal Charles Caldarera says the system will reduce errors.

"We are so large," said Caldarera. "With an elementary school, they all come through line, and most of them eat here. It would make us more efficient and more accurate. We've had parents complain in the past, because they felt like their children weren't eating, that we assigned them a charge for the day, and they might have been right."

Caldarera says the school is acting on a recommendation from school food service director Patricia Hosemann. But he says the letter gives parents an option.

"We sent this letter home for parents to be aware of it, and to let them know that they can opt out," said Caldarera. "They can opt out and say, hey, I don't want my child involved in it. That's quite alright. It won't make any difference. The children will still be able to eat in the cafeteria."

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Is Mark Zuckerberg in Over His Hoodie as Facebook CEO?

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Facebook's stock price slide has raised doubts about Mark Zuckerberg's role as CEO. Some say he should hand the reins to a more seasoned executive.

The deepening slide in Facebook Inc.'s stock is fueling talk once considered implausible on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

Should Mark Zuckerberg, the social media visionary but neophyte corporate manager, step aside as CEO to let a more seasoned executive run the multibillion-dollar company?

In that scenario, Zuckerberg would remain as the creative force propelling Facebook's technological innovation. But the 28-year-old would cede the CEO title to someone better suited to overseeing operations and building rapport with finicky investors - mundane but essential duties for which Zuckerberg has shown little appetite or aptitude.

"There is a growing sense that Mark Zuckerberg, talented though he may be, is in over his hoodie as CEO of a multibillion-dollar public company," said Sam Hamadeh, head of research firm PrivCo. "While in many cases a company founder can, and does, grow into the job, things are happening so quickly that there is precious little time here for Zuckerberg to do that."

Doubts about the Facebook founder intensified Thursday as the stock closed below $20 for the first time. The shares, which slipped to $19.87, have shed nearly half their value since Facebook's disastrous initial public offering three months ago.


8 Injured in South Korean Subway Rampage

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Seoul, South Korea - A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of South Korea's capital after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said Sunday.

No one died in the 10-minute rampage Saturday and the injuries weren't life-threatening, according to three police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to the media. Police arrested a man running away from the station in Uijeongbu, which is home to U.S. and South Korean military bases, the officers said.

Such attacks are rare in South Korea.

Police identified the suspect as a 39-year-old man surnamed Yoo.

Yoo began wielding a box cutter at an 18-year-old man surnamed Park inside the train when the victim confronted Yoo for spitting at him, police said. Infuriated when Park said he would call police, Yoo began brandishing the cutter on a train and then on a station platform until he was arrested, Uijeongbu Police Station said in a statement released Sunday.

Yoo, who is unemployed and lives alone, was on his way to find work in Seoul on the subway, police said.


Minister Among '31 Dead' in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudanese cabinet minister was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed as it carried a delegation to war-torn South Kordofan state for Muslim Eid holiday celebrations, officials and state media said.
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Sudan's new Minister of Guidance and Endowments Ghazi Sadeq Abdul Rahim was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed.
"All people on board were killed," Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, spokesman for the Sudan Aviation Authority, told AFP.

Among the dead was Khartoum's Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi Al-Saddiq, the official SUNA news agency said, reporting that 26 people were aboard the aircraft.

Speaking on the official Radio Omdurman, Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said the plane "crashed into a hill" because of bad weather, killing the entire delegation.

Mr Abdelrahim said the Russian-made Antonov plane was landing in Talodi town at about 8am local time when "an explosion was heard and the plane was destroyed."

Although there have been no reports of major fighting around Talodi in recent weeks, the town has been a key battleground in the war which began in June last year between the government and ethnic rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).