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Shell in court over Nigeria oil spill compensation

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Ogoni people say their land has been devastated by pollution from the oil industry over many years
Lawyers representing a Nigerian fishing community are taking the oil firm Shell to court in London over alleged unpaid compensation for recent oil spills.

Shell has accepted responsibility for the spillage of about 4,000 barrels in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.

But Bodo community representatives say they are having to resort to legal action after negotiations broke down.

The head of Shell Nigeria said that with different lawyers representing claimants it was difficult to resolve.

Nigeria is one of the world's major oil producers, but the oil-producing Niger Delta region remains one of the country's poorest and least developed regions.

Bad Guys

Serbian Gangsters Killed Rival, Ate Him for Lunch in a Stew and Disposed of Body Using a Meat Grinder

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Luka Bojovic tortured and killed Milan Jurisic, 37.
Sadistic mafia bosses tortured and killed a treacherous gang member then turned him into a stew, police believe.

Serbian gangsters beat Milan Jurisic, 37, to death with a hammer, skinned and boned him with a sharp knife then put him through a meat grinder at a flat in Madrid.

They made a macabre face mask from his skin, cooked his flesh and ate him for lunch.

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L.I. School Superintendent Accused Of Fixing Grades Hands In Resignation, But Gets $545,000

Many People Are Wondering How Joseph Cipp Jr. Gets To Keep 2 Years Of Salary

A hefty severance deal has been reached involving a school boss accused of "fixing" an athlete's grades on Long Island. The school superintendent has agreed to resign, but will continue to be paid for two years.

The South Country Central School District voted to accept the resignation of its superintendent, who is accused of raising a football star's grades to get him a college scholarship, reports CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff.

Joseph Cipp Jr. will resign with $545,000, his salary for the next two years, but questions linger over his role in getting Ryan Sloan into Syracuse University.

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Montana Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dog Records .348 Blood Alcohol Level

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A Montana man who allegedly fed vodka to a dog was arrested on an animal cruelty charge after investigators found the animal's blood alcohol content to be more than four times the legal limit (for humans).

According to a police affidavit filed in Lewis and Clark District Court, officers were called to a bar earlier this month after two men brought in an "intoxicated dog." When an employee placed the canine--known as Arly II--on the floor, "he was unable to walk in a straight line and continually fell over and lost balance."

One man who claimed ownership of the dog told police that Todd Schrier, 49, had given Arly II "a 'to-go cup size' worth of vodka."

As an East Helena officer watched, Arly II attempted to walk but fell over and "struggled to raise himself to his own feet when picked up and placed back on the ground." Concerned that his condition was serious, police took the 20-pound dog--described as either a Pomeranian or Pomeranian mix--to an animal clinic for evaluation. Tests revealed the pooch had a BAC of .348 (the state's legal limit is .08).

Smiley

Danish TV Host Mocks Obama for His Rhetoric

"Maybe the copy key got stuck on the presidential speechwriter's keyboard."

Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode. "Obama used a metaphor from boxing to explain Denmark's role in the world," says Buch-Andersen, introducing the segment.

He then roles the tape. "That's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs," President Obama says at a press availability in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark.

"It's nice to be praised," Buch-Andersen remarks. "We punch harder than our weight class would suggest. But how much should we read into his words? According to Obama, are we doing any better than, say, the Norwegians?"

Heart - Black

Zimbabwe probes Trump brothers' hunting trip

Zimbabwean conservationists said Friday they are investigating the legality of a hunting spree in the country by the heirs to U.S. magnate Donald Trump's fortune after photos showed up online of the brothers posing with dead game animals.

The independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said that Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric killed an elephant, an endangered leopard, a buffalo, a crocodile and other "big game" animals on a 2011 trip arranged by a South African safari firm that is not registered in Zimbabwe.

Photographs of the brothers - one with the slain leopard and another showing one brother holding up an elephant's severed tail in one hand and a knife in the other - have been were withdrawn from at least one website after a flurry of protests.

Animal protection groups were outraged how "rich people" had boasted about their "shocking and unethical" behavior, the trust said.

Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the conservationists' alliance, said investigators are sifting through records on whether license and trophy fees were paid and if the South African firm had been cleared by Zimbabwe wildlife authorities to operate in the northwestern province near Victoria Falls

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US Federal Government consider closing some courtrooms

Little Rock, Arkansas, US: The federal government is considering closing dozens of courtrooms, many of which are located in small, rural communities, as part of an effort to cut costs.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show 60 federal court facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block. Most of the courtrooms are in buildings that house other federal agencies including post offices and many are located in remote areas. Critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.

Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are located in Arkansas. Texas and Georgia each have five sites on the list of possible closures. Officials are even considering shuttering the location where judges hold federal court in Alaska's capital city, Juneau.

2 + 2 = 4

More Trayvon Martin Walkouts at Miami Schools

Students at several Miami high schools stage walkouts for slain teen
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Students in Cutler Bay in south Miami-Dade County formed a TM in support of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford.

Hundreds of students at several South Florida high schools staged walkouts Friday morning in a massive protest against the lack of an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Students from Miami Central, Miami Edison, Miami Norland, American Senior, William H. Turner High and Southridge High in Miami and Blanche Ely High School in Broward held walkouts.

Click here for a complete list of Miami-Dade County schools that held walkouts.

Meanwhile, the walkouts got some star power when LeBron James tweeted out a photo of the Miami Heat wearing hoodies.

At Miami Central and Turner, students were seen pouring out of the school buildings and into the streets just after 9 a.m.

Mr. Potato

Geraldo Rivera Blames Trayvon Martin's Death on His Hoodie


Geraldo Rivera thinks Trayvon Martin should have examined his clothing choices before heading out for a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.

In an appearance on Fox & Friends on Friday, the Fox News contributor said that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, was only partially to blame for the tragic incident.

"I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain, should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted," he said. "But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was."

The hoodies have become a symbol of protest in Trayvon's death, and was the inspiration for one in New York City, the One Million Hoodie March.

But Rivera said that the hoodies have become a symbol of crime and spark a reflexive action in people.

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George Zimmerman's father: My son is not racist, did not confront Trayvon Martin

Trayvon martin and George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
The Sanford Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, did not instigate the encounter but has received death threats and moved out of his home, his father told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.

George Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested, something that has put him and the Sanford Police Department at the center of a firestorm. Critics say Trayvon, who was visiting family from his home in Miami, was a victim of racial profiling.

Zimmerman's father, 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman of Lake Mary, delivered a one-page letter to the Sentinel on Thursday, saying that the depiction of his son in the media has been cruel and misleading.

George Zimmerman is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family, the statement says.

"He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever ...," the letter says. "The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."

The letter does not provide details about what happened Feb. 26 on a walkway in the gated community where George Zimmerman lives and where Trayvon was visiting. But it does challenge one basic assumption of the family's lawyers: that Zimmerman's intent when he got out of his sport utility vehicle was to confront Trayvon after calling police to report a suspicious person.