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Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai to Obama: Drones are fueling terrorism

Malala Yousafzai at white house
© PETE SOUZA — Official White House photoPresident Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls.

The White House says the first couple invited Malala -- the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize -- to the White House "to thank her for her inspiring and passionate work on behalf of girls education in Pakistan."

In a statement, the White House says the United States "joins with the Pakistani people and so many around the world to celebrate Malala's courage and her determination to promote the right of all girls to attend school and realize their dreams."

In a statement released after the meeting, Malala said she was honored to meet with Obama, but that she told him she's worried about the effect of U.S. drone strikes. (The White House statement didn't mention that part.)

"I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," she said in the statement. "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."

Malala was in Washington to address the World Bank.


Driver survives two trains crashing into car in Utah - video

Police dashboard camera footage has captured the moment that two trains crashed into a car that officers were pursuing. Miraculously, the driver survived the crashes.

Police in Utah were pursuing a car when the driver drove onto rail tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.

Officers can be seen going up to the car to check on the driver after the collision, before another train's horn can be heard blaring in the distance.

The policemen quickly move away from the tracks as another train collides with the car, pushing it down the railroad.

Quite miraculously, the driver of the Mercedes car only suffered a broken arm in the collisions.

"There was already a southbound train going across 2600 south, and she hit that train while it was crossing. While officers were trying to get her out of her car, a second southbound train hit her vehicle," Detective Adam Osoro of the Woods Cross Police Department said.

"The vehicle sustained heavy damage, so in this case she's very lucky to still be with us," Detective Osoro said.


10-year-old boy arrested by police investigating death of elderly man

10-year old arrested
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A 10-year-old boy is in police custody in the UK after being arrested in connection with the death of an elderly man who was found lying in the street with a head injury.

The 79-year-old man, named locally as Victor Hepworth, was discovered in Back Hill Top Avenue in the Harehills area of Leeds yesterday evening.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene just before 6.20pm, having been alerted by the ambulance service.

Paramedics took the pensioner, thought to have lived on the street, to Leeds General Infirmary but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Neighbours in Harehills, to the north-east of Leeds city centre, have spoken of their shock at Mr Hepworth's death.


Investigation launched after bottle of dry ice explodes at LAX Terminal 2, no injuries reported

A 'dry ice' bomb explosion at an airport terminal at Los Angeles International airport disrupted passengers and delayed flights for hours on Sunday night.

The small blast occurred in an airport bathroom that is off-limits to passengers.

The explosions prompted the airport to halt departing flights for hours while police investigated.
Cause: Investigators are trying to discover what caused the explosion but it's believe a bottle of dry ice could be to blame
Seargent Karla Ortiz, an airport police spokeswoman confirmed that there was an explosion involving a bottle of dry ice at Terminal 2.

'I don't know if this is something that was done accidentally or on purpose,' Ortiz said. 'I don't have all the details of why someone would carry dry ice in a bottle.'


"Project Unbreakable": The words of rapers - Shedding light on sexual violence

Toronto - An online photo essay of survivors holding up posters with a quote from their attackers continues to gain momentum as it sheds light on rape and sexual violence.

Grace Brown, project unbreakable
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In October 2011, 21-year-old photographer Grace Brown from Massachusetts created the Tumblr blog Project Unbreakable to "increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art."

In a video posted on YouTube, Brown said she began the project by photographing people that she knew.

"At that point, I had no idea how powerful this project could be," she said.

Red Flag

Food prices jumped 6 percent in Arizona since last quarter

Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket are up in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $50.87, up $2.90 or about 6% more than the second quarter of 2013. Comparatively, the American Farm Bureau Federation's national survey was $53.20, up $1.66 or about 3% higher than their March semi-annual survey.

Compared to this time last year, the 2013 third quarter Marketbasket survey shows that Arizona's food prices have increased about 3.5 percent.

"Everyone is looking to save money." says Julie Murphree, Communications Director for the Arizona Farm Bureau. "I'd encourage Arizona families to keep hunting for those bargains in our basics like your meats, fruits, vegetables, diary and eggs to stretch your food dollars."

Of the 16 items surveyed in Arizona, seven decreased and eight increased compared to the 2013 second quarter survey.

"Stronger demand on the consumer side helped push retail prices higher for some items such as chicken breasts, bacon and shredded cheese," said John Anderson, American Farm Bureau's deputy chief economist. "Meat and dairy items will likely be the main driving force behind expected retail food price increase in the coming year."

Mr. Potato

Texas man arrested after faking his own gun-point kidnapping in front of his terrified wife... so he could go drinking all night with his friends

  • Rogelio Andaverde convinced friends to stage an armed kidnapping
  • He showed up the next morning claiming the kidnappers had let him go
  • The party-loving man now faces criminal charges for the scheme
Rogelio Andaverde
Club life: Rogelio Andaverde was arrested for faking his kidnapping so he could go out drinking with friends
A man faked his own kidnapping in front of his terrified wife so he could spend the night boozing with pals.

Rogelio Andaverde 'arranged' for two masked men to grab him from his home in Edinburg, Texas.

His horrified wife watched as he was dragged at gunpoint from the house and driven away.

She called cops, who launched a hunt for the 34 year old.

Andaverde's wife spent more than five hours with police being interviewed as police searched for the kidnap victim, according to KTVI.

Her husband returned home the following day and said his kidnappers 'just let him go.

Control Panel

'Oops'? Or 'test-run'? Food stamp system glitch hits 17 U.S. states

A food stamp computer glitch across 17 states leaves millions wondering when they can purchase food again using their EBT debit-style cards. Gavino Garay reports.

Source: Reuters

Bizarro Earth

Ten children on Medicaid, but Tea Partier parent still denounces government involvement in health insurance

A short time back, NBC News posted an article profiling some of the diehard anti-Obamacare Americans. It was a portrait in hypocrisy, or perhaps something more than that -- irreconciable imbecility.

Take Greg Collett:

"I don't think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance," says Greg Collett, a 41-year-old software developer in Caldwell, Idaho, who would rather pay the fine for now -- $95 the first year -- than signup....

Collett counts himself among the 29 percent of people who said in an NBCNews/Kaiser poll they are angry about the health reform law. "The issue for me is that it is not the proper role of government," he said.

Collett, who is married and has 10 children, says the kids are covered by Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance plan for people with low income and children who are not covered.

Okay, if you're already dumbfounded, Collett steps into an even deeper quagmire of hypocritical stupidity:

Collett, whose children are home-schooled, likens taking Medicaid to sending children to public school. He also does not approve of government-funded public schools. "The government is taking your money. They are spending it on things they shouldn't be," he says. "Trying to get whatever you can back -- I have nothing against that. You have to at some point try and get your tax dollars back."

Remember that democracy includes both people who can think and people who are caught up in the creationist stage of the dinosaurs.