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Multiple casualties in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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© Photo from user andybarteeWest Texas Explosion
A massive explosion has rocked a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. Hundreds of people were likely injured, state official says. A nursery home was destroyed by the blast and numerous buildings were damaged.

The explosion occurred around 7:50pm local time in the town of West, north of Waco. A fireball of nearly 100 feet high has been reported along with a massive power outage.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, told Reuters the explosion had resulted in "probably hundreds of casualties," saying he did not know if any of those were fatalities.

An official number of fatalities has yet to be confirmed but 60 people have been admitted to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, just one of the multiple emergency facilities in the area.

The explosion destroyed a nearby nursing home, where it is thought that people may still be trapped inside.

Roughly 150 survivors from the damaged nursing home had been evacuated and sent to a community center outside of town, while doctors and staff of the Hillcrest Hospital have been taking in the first wave of burn victims. Fire units were draining water from community pools to douse the flames.


If Boston attack is act of terror, why isn't Sandy Hook?

© AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Two men in haz-mat suits investigate the scene of the first bombing on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after two blasts nearby killed three and injured over 170 people.
In questioning Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) drew a parallel between the explosions, injuries, and deaths at the Boston Marathon with the gunfire massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and asked why it also is not designated as an act of terror.

McCaskill also hesitated calling what happened in Boston an act of terror, saying in part, "We are so quick to call Boston terror."

Black Cat

Juvenile psychopaths: 5 teenagers arrested in Oakland shooting death of paramedic

© Family Photo / Bay City News Service34-year-old Quinn Boyer, a Santa Clara County paramedic, was fatally shot in the Oakland Hills on April 2, 2013.
Five juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 16 have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of off-duty paramedic Quinn Boyer in the Oakland Hills two weeks ago, Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday.

Jordan said the crime is part of what he described as "a disturbing trend in this city" in which juveniles as young as 13 have been involved in violent crimes.

"I call on parents, the schools and the community to change the cycle," Jordan said.

Boyer, 34, who had worked as a paramedic for five years, the last two for Santa Clara County Ambulance, was shot while he was driving shortly before noon on April 2 and crashed his car down a ravine in the 5200 block of Keller Avenue. He died two days later.


Chavez heir, President-elect Maduro accuses US of fomenting post-election violence

© AP Photo/Ariana CubillosGovernment "Chavista" supporters burn an election poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles in Los Teques, on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. President-elect Nicolas Maduro is blaming Capriles for seven deaths that the government says occurred in post-election unrest. The government has provided names of some people it says have been killed by opposition activists but has provided no evidence. Capriles is demanding a vote-by-vote recount of Sunday's presidential election.
President-elect Nicolas Maduro and his opposition rival traded accusations Tuesday over blame for post-election violence that the government said had caused seven deaths and 61 injuries across Venezuela.

Maduro accused the U.S. of fomenting the violence, which appeared less serious than he suggested, while opposition candidate Henrique Capriles accused him of creating a smoke screen to divert attention from the opposition's insistence on a vote-by-vote recount of Sunday's surprisingly close vote.

In Washington, the U.S. State Department backed that demand, saying it would not recognize Maduro without a recount. It was joined by the governments of Panama and Paraguay.

Maduro, the chosen heir of the late Hugo Chavez, spent the day on state TV at various events demonizing Capriles as "a murderer" and coup plotter. He also heaped blame on Washington - always a popular target of Chavez, the leader Maduro served as foreign minister for six years.

Heart - Black

Online video appears to show spectators taking Boston Marathon gear after explosions

Video posted online appears to show dozens of Boston Marathon spectators grabbing merchandise from a vacated staff tent in the aftermath of Monday's bombing.

In the video, people can be seen taking what appear to be official blue and yellow shirts and jackets from boxes under and around a tent.

Some have several in their hands as they walk out of the camera shot. Others can be seen putting the clothing into bags.

Bizarro Earth

Baby's body found among hospital linens

Stillborn infant was in laundry delivered to Red Wing facility.

Workers for a laundry service in Red Wing found the body of a baby on Tuesday morning after it tumbled out of a bed sheet that came from a St. Paul hospital, police said.

Red Wing police were called to Crothall Laundry just before 12:30 p.m., but the body had already been picked up by someone from the hospital and returned to St. Paul, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said Tuesday night.

Because the infant's body was removed before his officers arrived, Pohlman said he couldn't confirm the race or gender. He did say that officers were shown a photo of the body and that they interviewed witnesses at the service, which washes hospital linens.

"What we have is that when they were preparing the laundry, a baby had fallen out of a sheet, and that they had called the hospital where the laundry had come from, and that they immediately sent people down to pick it up," Pohlman said. "It was after this had taken place that we received a call."


Sexual healing for the disabled?

Rachel Wotten is a sex worker. She specialises in servicing people with disabilities.

Since she was a teenager, the Sydney-based sex worker has been intrigued by the taboo industry. While she was studying psychology at university she broke into the business, and has remained in the field for nearly 20 years.

Today, about 50 per cent of her clients are people who have a physical or intellectual disability. She has provided sexual services for people with muscular dystrophy, brain injuries, spinal injuries, encephalitis, deaf and blind folks - any adult who can provide informed consent.

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Mid-April linked with national tragedy

© Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesBOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.

The deadly attacks in Boston Monday left a city and a nation searching for answers. But it has also drawn attention to an odd historical phenomenon that happens around this time of April.

April 15 will be forever linked with the horrific bombings in Boston during the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed and another 144 were injured during the bombings. April 16, 2007 was the date of the Virginia Tech University massacre where Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 students and faculty to death and injured 23 others before committing suicide.

April 17 is linked in many South Floridian's minds with the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. The goal of the Bay of Pigs was to take over Cuba and get rid of Fidel Castro. The invasion, financed and trained by the CIA, ended up in disaster for the United States and drove the wedge even deeper with Cuba.


Ex-official's wife confesses in Texas DA Deaths

© FacebookMike and Cynthia McLelland are seen at their home in this undated family photo.
The wife of a former North Texas justice of the peace was charged with capital murder after confessing to her involvement in the three shooting deaths of the local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor, authorities said Wednesday.

Kim Williams was arrested early Wednesday, a day after she told investigators that she and her husband, Eric Williams, were involved in the shootings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and one of his prosecutors, according to documents in the case.

The affidavit says Kim Lene Williams "described in detail her role along with that of her husband" but was unclear on who she said committed the shooting.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year for theft of three computer monitors. Wiliams was convicted and sentenced to probation. He also lost his elected position as justice of the peace - a judge who handles mostly administrative duties - and his law license.

Arrow Down

More than 125 sketchy domains registered within hours of Boston marathon explosions

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Yesterday, many of us stopped giving a hoot about - at least for a few minutes - about problems with our wireless bills and cable connection to watch with concern as news reports tried to piece together exactly what happened during and after the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon. Then there were those jerks who, as will all high-profile tragedies, sought to cash in.

According to, there were more than 125 new, Boston-related domain names registered by 7 p.m. ET last night, not even six hours after news of the explosions first went public.

We'd rather not provide any of these sites with link traffic or SEO by mentioning their URLs, but as you can imagine they are mostly variations on "Boston," "bomb," "marathon," "terror," and "attack." But if you want to skim through the full list, feel free to check it out at

Meanwhile, according to, within an hour of the explosion a Twitter account "@_BostonMarathon," which looks awfully close to the legit @BostonMarathon account, wrote "For every retweet we receive we will donate $1.00 to the #BostonMarathon victims #PrayForBoston." This account has since been suspended by Twitter.

This sort of soulless nonsense is, sadly, nothing new. In December, scammers pounced at the chance to take money from people who wanted to something, anything to help the families of the victims of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. In addition to those directly trying to trick people into "donating" money, we saw a number of "page-flippers," people who create tragedy-specific Facebook pages and Twitter accounts that then get a large number of subscribers. These accounts are later flipped to buyers who want to Spam the built-in audience with marketing for a completely unrelated item.