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California man kills himself with homemade bomb after refusing medical help

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A Costa Mesa, California neighborhood had to be evacuated Sunday night after a resident allegedly killed himself with a homemade bomb.

KTLA-TV reported on Monday that authorities found the unidentified man laying on his front lawn earlier in the evening, but refused medical attention and went back inside his home.

"Neighbors were trying to convince him to go to the hospital," one resident, Laurie Raphoon, told KNBC-TV. "An hour or two later we heard an explosion."


Psychopath Alert: Georgia's Republican governor Nathan Deal refuses to endorse town's first racially integrated prom

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has refused through a spokesperson to endorse one town's first-ever integrated high school prom, saying that he would rather not take sides on the issue. According to Atlanta's WMAZ Channel 13, politicians from both parties have stated their support for black and white students from Wilcox, Georgia, but Deal declined to join them.

Raw Story spoke to activist Bryan Long of the progressive group Better Georgia, whose group has asked Georgia elected officials "to publicly support the students of Wilcox County who are fighting to end a 'separate-but-equal' high school prom."

"We thought it would be nice if our elected officials would support these students," said Long. "They're taking a great stand in their community. We thought that officials all across the state should send a message to the nation that we've moved beyond the racial divisions of the '50s, '60s and '70s."

He added, "We were surprised to read that the governor's spokesperson said that he wouldn't be 'taking sides' on this issue. I didn't know that there were sides to take."

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Coke-head bankers caused financial crisis says former UK Drugs Tsar

Professor David Nutt
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The former top drugs adviser to Britain's parliament told UK newspaper The Telegraph on Sunday that risk-taking behaviors behind the financial crisis of 2008 were driven by excessive cocaine consumption by the world's banking elite.

"Bankers use cocaine and got us into this terrible mess," Professor David Nutt said. "It is a 'more' drug." He added that cocaine has the effect of making its users feel "overconfident," encouraging risk-taking behaviors.

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As promised, Londoners hold Trafalgar Square send-off party in honor of psycho-in-chief Margaret Thatcher

About 3,000 people gathered in the rain in Trafalgar Square on Saturday night to "celebrate" the demise of Margaret Thatcher. The party was a surreal coming together of everyone from the Durham miners to young protesters who weren't even born when Thatcher came to power.


Flashback Italian Propaganda: Signs that suggest Amanda Knox is a psychopath

The narcissism and the nonchalance are both indicators, says The First Post's psychoanalyst

Through 11 months of court appearances in Perugia, Amanda Knox's behaviour ranged from composed to flamboyant. Only after Judge Giancarlo Massei read out the jury's decision late on Friday night, and sentenced her to 26 years in jail for murdering her housemate Meredith Kercher, did she show signs of distress, shouting out, "No, no, no!" as she was led to the prison van by her guards.

There is considerable dispute about the strength of the evidence presented against Knox and about the prosecution's insistence on highlighting Knox's sexual history. An entry from the American girl's diary listed seven sexual partners, three of whom she met after she had moved to Italy, excluding her co-defendant, Rafaelle Sollecito. She had had sex with one of the men on the train as she was travelling to Perugia.

After inviting Knox, a Jesuit-educated student, to live with her and two other English students in their cottage, Meredith Kercher soon began having reservations about Knox, particularly about her bringing "strange men" to the house.

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Authorities find 'strong evidence' linking former judge to Kaufman County prosecutor murders, Texas

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© UnknownFormer Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams
Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, 46, was arrested Saturday after authorities discovered what they're calling "strong evidence" linking him to the killings of two Kaufman County prosecutors and the district attorney's wife.

Williams was the first person authorities publicly acknowledged questioning in the murder investigation, which many believed the work of a white supremacist prison gang that prosecutors in Kaufman County were bringing cases against.

However, police told Dallas ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV on Sunday that "strong evidence" has been found linking Williams to the killings of former District Attorney Mike McClelland and prosecutor Mike Haase, although Williams has not yet been charged.


Several hurt in explosions at Boston Marathon finish line

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Multiple outlets and law enforcement officials are reporting what a horrific looking scene makes clear: The headquarters at the Boston Marathon have been locked down after two explosions were reported near the downtown finish line mid-Monday afternoon, near the Boston Library. Boston police confirmed that there were two explosions - and casualties - but were not saying who or what might be responsible. "There were two booms heard from near the finish line inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel," reports the AP. Here's one of many images flowing in from social media current scene there:
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Video of an explosion near the finish line:


Breaking: Injuries after two explosions at Boston Marathon

Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries. Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

The race has stopped and a nearby hotel has been placed on lockdown. 22News State House Reporter Christine Lee is at the Marathon finish line, and has live reports on 22News on the air, you can also watch our coverage streaming live on

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Astronomy group: If you paid to name a planet, you got scammed

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The International Astronomical Union (IAU), a group that promotes the science of astronomy through international cooperation, issued a statement Friday to make the public aware that any individuals or groups selling the "rights" to name exoplanet are scamming people willing to pay the fee. The IAU says that purchasing the "rights" to name exoplanets will not impact the official naming process.

Though the IAU supports the public's curiosity about exoplanets, the astronomy group also supports the existence of a consolidated naming process for the more than 800 exoplanets that have been discovered to date. With advanced technology, astronomers expect thousands more to be located in the coming years.

Making money off of people's interest in space is nothing new. The New York Times' Simon Ennis wrote about Dennis M. Hope, a man who "sells" land plots in space, in 2013. Hope's business is thriving even though the entrepreneur has no legal authority to sell land plots in space.

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Viva Chavismo! Maduro wins Venezuelan presidential election with 50.66 percent of the vote

© AFP / Luis AcostaNewly elected President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and his wife Celia Flores after the electoral victory on Sunday evening.
Maracaibo - Nicolas Maduro has won the Venezuelan presidential election with 50.66 percent of the vote against 49.07 percent for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Maduro gave a victory speech immediately after, while Capriles initially refused to recognize the results.

The "first bulletin" results were announced by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, at around 11:20 p.m. Venezuelan time, with 99.12 percent of the votes totaled, enough to give Maduro an irreversible victory.

Nicolas Maduro received a total of 7,505,338 votes, against 7,270,403 for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, a difference of 234,935 votes. Total turnout was 78.71 percent of the electorate.

Given the closeness of the vote, Maduro's speech focused mostly on assuring the validity of his victory, and the reliability of the electoral body.

"If they want to do an audit, then do an audit. We have complete trust in our electoral body," he said from outside the presidential palace.