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Fact or Fear?: Earth's Collapse is Imminent, Researchers Say

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Scientists at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, say that we have taken our planet on the track of "irreversible collapse". The point of no return may be reached this century, they say. The measures of preventing a scenario they compare to the event of the extinction of the dinosaurs, are about as likely to be implemented as oil drilling to stop tomorrow.

If your life revolves around sustainability, this research will definitely ruin your day. If you enjoy debating the existence and effects of global warning, this study will become part of your next discussion to argue the value of panic creation. According to the authors of a new paper that "used scientific theories, toy ecosystem modeling and paleontological evidence as a crystal ball", there is not much left to do to save our planet from a state-shift in Earth's biosphere. And even if we can, the proposed measures, which include an immediate "reduction" of the number of humans inhabiting Earth, may not be popular enough to be considered.

The scientists believe that a state at which a shift will occur is almost reached. "The last tipping point in Earth's history occurred about 12,000 years ago when the planet went from being in the age of glaciers, which previously lasted 100,000 years, to being in its current interglacial state," said Arne Mooers, a researcher participating in the project. "Once that tipping point was reached, the most extreme biological changes leading to our current state occurred within only 1,000 years. That's like going from a baby to an adult state in less than a year. ... Importantly, the planet is changing even faster now."

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Stop, Frisk in Spotlight

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Mayor Bloomberg, who spoke at First Baptist Church in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Sunday, says the city's incarceration and crime rate have plummeted over the past decade.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to the church pulpit on Sunday to deliver a message to police critics in a Brooklyn neighborhood where the drama over street tactics plays out every day: The policy should be "mended, not ended."

Speaking at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville, the mayor said ministers have complained to him about city police officers using "disrespectful language or unnecessary force" when they stop people on the street. He said he understood why some have called for the tactic known as stop-and-frisk to be eliminated entirely.

"I would be angry, too," Mr. Bloomberg said in his clearest public acknowledgment of stop-and-frisk's shortcomings.

But the mayor repeated a forceful defense of the policy, which allows officers to stop, question and sometimes frisk people on the street when there is reasonable suspicion of a crime. A record 685,000 stops were made in 2011, the majority of them involving black and Latino men in low-income neighborhoods.

Addressing a largely African-American audience, Mr. Bloomberg said stop-and-frisk was a significant force behind a steep drop in crime that has also resulted in fewer people being incarcerated. He said thousands of illegal weapons were seized during the stops, making the streets safer for the very people often targeted by stops.

Heart - Black

Orthodox Jewish Woman in Rape-Pimping Case Hopes to See Trial, but is Firing Uzis in Israel as Case Crumbles

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Orthodox Jewish woman who accuses four men of rape and pimping her out from age 13 is in Israel taking a martial arts and weapons course as her case crumbles in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn rape and sex trafficking weakened by revelations she recanted accusations

The young Jewish woman at the center of the crumbling Crown Heights rape case is in Israel, training in martial arts, shooting firearms - and still hoping the men she accused stand trial, the Daily News has learned.

While the case against the four men charged with raping and pimping her out unraveled this spring amid revelations she recanted, the accuser was at a self-defense program learning how to shoot an Uzi.

In one of a series of photos posted online, the flaming redhead strikes a femme fatale pose, clutching an oversized pistol. She also appears atop a tank, practicing the Israeli martial art krav maga on a beach, and shooting a submachine gun.

"She's doing very good," said the co-director of the intensive fitness course, where the 22-year-old has been enrolled for the past months.

But the attorney for one of the four black men she accused was up in arms over the weapons training, noting that she had been diagnosed with mental issues in the past.

Arrow Up

Los Angeles Co. Fatal Police Shootings Rise by 70 Percent

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The number of suspects killed by police in Los Angeles County has risen nearly 70 percent in 2011 over the previous year.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that 54 people were killed by law enforcement in 2011 countywide. In about two-thirds of the cases, the person was armed with a gun, knife or other weapon. In 12 cases, the person was unarmed.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the majority of shootings are legitimate responses to serious threats. He says police have become more adept at responding quickly to violent situations.

Fatal police shootings this year, however, have fallen back to 2010 levels.

The increase in police killings come at a time when murder rates have fallen to historic lows - 612 homicides were recorded countywide last year.

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Update: Auburn Football Players Among Six Shot, Three Killed at Party

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Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson holds photos of DesMonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, Ala., who is wanted in connection with the shootings of six people, three fatally, at a party Saturday night.
A manhunt is underway for the suspect police say shot and killed three young men and injured three more at a Saturday night party near Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

Former Auburn football players and current students Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips were pronounced dead along with Auburn resident Damario Pitts. All were 20.

Current player Eric Mack, 20, was still being treated at an area hospital, and John Robertson, 20, was "fighting for his life" and undergoing critical surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said at a Sunday news conference. A 19-year-old man was treated and released.

"I don't believe they were targeted; I believe there was a fight and someone got carried away and things went too far," Dawson said.

Police are hunting for Montgomery, Ala., resident DesMonte Leonard, 22, who has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

Heart - Black

Man jailed for nine years after killing baby while playing video game

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Trent Hapuku: Caused fatal injury to five-month-old Mikara Reti.
A man who killed a toddler after it disturbed him while he was playing a computer game has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Trent Hapuku, 23, was sentenced for the manslaughter by Justice Forrest Miller in the High Court in Napier.

Hapuku killed the five-month-old Mikara Reti on January 11 last year.

Hapuku and Mikara were alone in a sleepout when Hapuku lashed out because the infant was distracting him from playing the PlayStation game Scarface. Mikara was struck so hard his liver nearly split in two against his spine.

Crown lawyer Steve Manning said it was an intentional and violent assault on one of society's most vulnerable members and said a non-parole period was required in order to send a message of denunciation and deterrence.

Mikara's grandmother Selena Reti read a victim impact statement in court describing the effect the death had on the family and told Hapuku "I hope wherever you look you see Mikara staring back at you".

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Curfew expanded to more towns in western Myanmar as sectarian violence spreads

Authorities in western Myanmar have imposed new curfews to keep clashes between local Buddhists and Muslim Bengalis from escalating.

State television on Sunday announced a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m curfew has been imposed in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe and three other townships because of elements there acting unlawfully and causing disorder.

The move follows rioting on Friday in two other areas of Rakhine state that left at least seven people dead and 17 wounded. State media called the rioters terrorists, but residents' accounts made clear they were Muslims, apparently retaliating for the lynching of 10 Muslims by a crowd of 300 Buddhists. The lynch mob was angered by the recent rape of a Buddhist girl, allegedly by three Muslim men.

Source: The Associated Press.

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Another Black Teenager Gunned Down - This Time In Front Of His Mother

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75-year-old John Henry Spooner from Milwaukee, WI, appointed himself judge, jury and executioner when he gunned down a 13-year-old boy whose only crime appeared to be...his appearance. The victim, Darius Simmons, was black, unarmed and brutally shot in front of his now grief-stricken mother.

At issue was a gun collection, which had been, according to Spooner, stolen. Simmons lived next door. Spooner confronted Darius, who was in sixth grade, and his mother, Patricia Larry, when the boy was moving a garbage can in the front yard. Darius denied involvement in the theft. In fact, he was in school at the time of the robbery, but that answer was unsatisfactory to Spooner, who proceeded to point his 9mm handgun at Darius.

Bad Guys

Hospital Intern Uploads Abuse of infants on Blog

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Photographs online shows Xiao Shiyu teased sleeping babies, holding them upright while their heads drooped helplessly.
A student intern who made fun of newborn babies while working as a nurse in a hospital in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern Zhejiang Province, has been recalled from her internship.

Xiao Shiyu, a senior student at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, posted several photographs online showing her teasing sleeping babies, holding them upright while their heads drooped helplessly, and placed paper shapes on a baby's face to make him look like a pig.

The Children's Hospital affiliated to the university's school of medicine expressed its deep sorrow about the April incident yesterday. It said it was a "single case in the last 60 years" and promised to strengthen the management of interns to "foster qualified medical professionals."

Along with the pictures she posted on mircroblogging site Sina Weibo, Xiao wrote: "I almost died laughing?" and "the babies are too small to resist my mischief."

The pictures soon sparked outrage online.

Bizarro Earth

Homeless Woman Tries to Eat Baby's Arm

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Police arrested Natasha Hubbard for aggravated assault after she allegedly snatched a baby boy from his stroller.
Police arrested a 36-year-old homeless woman for allegedly snatching a baby boy from his stroller and slamming him into a pole, then trying to break his arm off so she could eat it, authorities said Wednesday.

Adriana Miranda was walking with her sister in downtown Los Angeles during the July 21 incident, pushing her 4-month-old son down the street when Natasha Hubbard allegedly reached into the stroller, unbelted the baby and grabbed him by the leg, swinging him overhead before slamming him into a rail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The boy's mother and aunt tried to fight Hubbard off, and when Miranda was finally able to grab the baby back Hubbard scratched at her and kept trying to fight.