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New Jersey Mom sues after her educational breastfeeding video used in porn clip

A suburban New Jersey woman thought she was contributing to an educational video on breastfeeding only to learn, months later, that someone apparently stole footage of her and her newborn daughter and incorporated it into a pornographic video that was attracting thousands of hits on YouTube and elsewhere.

Now MaryAnn Sahoury, 35, worries that the stigma of being associated with Internet pornography will shadow both her and her daughter -- referred to in legal documents as A.S. -- for the rest of their lives.

"A.S. is not even two (2) years old. She will be faced with continuing damage as she engages in elementary school, middle school, high school and then college. This may haunt her for years to come because what has occurred can never entirely be removed from the Internet," according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against Meredith Corp., the Iowa-based media and marketing giant that filmed Sahoury and her daughter.

Sahoury has sued Meredith Corp. for fraud, misrepresentation and negligence in connection with a video that Meredith said was stolen from its website and misused. In an opinion issued last week, a federal judge wrote that Sahoury's lawsuit could move forward despite Meredith Corp.'s argument that a release form signed by Sahoury allowed Meredith to use her and her daughter's names, and freed Meredith from "any and all claims."

Shorlty after her daughter was born on Dec. 9, 2009, Sahoury was recruited to be a part of a breastfeeding educational video by her lactation consultant, who had been engaged by Parent TV, a Meredith Corp. brand. (Meredith also publishes the popular Parents magazine, Ladies Home Journal and Better Homes and Gardens.)

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Three Teens Take BackPage.com to Court for Sex Trafficking

Three Washington teenagers have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the classified ad website Backpage.com, alleging that the site allowed them to be forced into prostitution for the company's own financial gain.

The three unnamed girls, now aged 15 through 17, filed the suit in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Washington. In the suit they allege that through the adult listings in Backpage.com the company allowed them to be raped -- and that it profited as a result, making millions of dollars each month.


TSA agents at Boston airport accused of racial profiling after stopping 'Hispanics, blacks and Asians'

© The Associated Press
Serious claims: TSA agents at Boston's Logan International Airport have alleged that a program intended to help flag possible terrorists has led to rampant racial profiling
Dozens of Transportation Security Administration officers at Boston's Logan International Airport have come out with allegations that a program intended to help flag possible terrorists based on passengers' mannerisms has led to rampant racial profiling of minorities.

The TSA told the New York Times, which reported the story on Friday, that it is investigating the claims made by more than 30 officers involved in the 'behavior detection' program who claimed that the operation targets not only Middle Eastern nationals, but also Hispanics traveling to Miami, or blacks wearing baseball caps backward.

At a meeting last month with the agency, officers provided written complaints, some of them anonymous, from 32 officers.

The officers said their co-workers were increasingly targeting minorities, believing that the stops would turn up drugs, outstanding arrest warrants and immigration problems, in response to pressure from managers who wanted high numbers of stops, searches and criminal referrals, the Times reported.


52 Killed as Over-Crowded Bus Plunges Off Cliff in India

At least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge in northern India.
© The Associated Press
It was one of the worst road accidents in the country in recent years.

The bus, which was carrying over 100 passengers - many of them on the roof - veered off the road in a sparsely populated and hilly area of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

"Fifty-two people have been killed and 45 injured in the accident,"said Sunil Chaudhary, district deputy commissioner, adding the death toll could rise because at least a dozen of the injured were in a critical condition.

There were anguished scenes as families came to claim the bodies of the victims. Many of the dead had boarded the 42-seater bus when their own bus broke down, locals said.

Some of the bodies were taken away by their families for cremation while the state government brought in four truckloads of wood to cremate other victims at the accident site.


Police Fatally Shoot a Man Brandishing a Knife in Times Square

© Lincoln Rocha
The police approached a man wielding a knife on Saturday on Seventh Avenue.
US, New York - When the tourists and shoppers thronging Times Square on Saturday afternoon first saw the police officers, guns drawn, confronting a knife-wielding man, many thought they had stumbled onto a movie set.

But it was quickly apparent this was no celluloid fantasy.

As the man fled, weaving through crowds and darting between cars, he threatened bystanders, witnesses said. The police gave chase, eventually cornering him near 37th Street and Seventh Avenue and killing him in a fusillade of bullets.

No identification for the man was released right away.

"He was swinging at people as he ran," said Jobby Nogver, 17, visiting from Boston. Mr. Nogver watched as about a dozen police officers finally surrounded the man and shots were fired. "I can't tell you how many shots," he said. "It was a lot."

The police confirmed that the man was killed but would not comment on how many shots the officers fired, and the department did not immediately provide a description of what prompted the shots.

The confrontation began on the pedestrian plaza near the Hard Rock Cafe on 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue, in the heart of Times Square.


$200K Bond For Chicago Teacher Charged With Beating Dog To Death

© Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation
Derek Fierro and Doc when he adopted the previously abused chow/lab mix.
Bond was set on Saturday at $200,000 for a 4th-grade teacher charged with beating his dog to death early Friday at his Lake View home. As a special condition of the bail, 25-year-old Derek Fierro was also ordered not to possess or have any contact with any animals.

Fierro had adopted the dog from a pet rescue organization that took it in after it was removed from an abusive home.

He could have called the organization at any time if he was having trouble with the dog, and they would have gladly taken it back, the group's founder said on Friday.

"It's so unfortunate how this ended up," Lisa Klotnia of the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation said. "This guy could have called us at any time to help him out."

Instead, Fierro, of the 500 block of West Roscoe Street is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, police said.

About 3 a.m. Friday, Chicago Police received a call from a man saying he had been angry when he killed his dog and placed it in the trunk of his car, News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.


Family Prevented from Being Foster Parents Due to their Anti-Vax Choice

Anti Vaccination
© azFamily.com
Phoenix -- A Valley family has a lot of room in their home and hearts for more children, especially those in need. The Van Tienderen's are hoping to adopt a child, but there's been a slight snag in their plan.

"It breaks my heart that some kids don't have a family, but it's just halted now," said Susann Van Tienderen, 27.

Susann and her husband Dan's hopes of fostering children and then adopting them were recently dashed because their daughter's aren't fully vaccinated for philisophical reasons, not religious.

According to a spokesperson with the state's Department of Economic Security, or DES, the state requires that each child residing in the foster home have all childhood immunizations appropriate to the child's age and health.

"I feel like if I knew every ingredient that was in each shot I would comfortable to make an educated decision," said Susann.

The family selected what they believe to be the most important vaccinations for their children and had them given to them.

According to DES's website, as of 2011 more than 11,000 children were placed in out-of-home care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Of these children more than 2,000 had a case plan goal of adoption. African-American teen boys are in need the most of homes.

The Van Tienderen's would love to adopt two boys.


Revealed: UK Church Sells Olive Oil and Blackcurrant Squash as Miracle 'Cure' for Cancer and HIV

Pastor Mbenga
© Manchester Evening News
MIRACLE MAN: Pastor Mbenga, lead pastor at the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly in Gorton, defended his church’s use of blackcurrant squash and olive oil to ‘cure’ serious illnesses.
A church has been slammed for 'exploiting' the vulnerable by selling blackcurrant squash and olive oil which it claims can cure cancer.

The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly sells the blackcurrant drink along with supermarket olive oil, claiming once they are blessed by a pastor they can cure serious illnesses including cancer, HIV and diabetes.

An M.E.N. investigation found that within 15 minutes of entering the VPA's church on Hyde Road, Gorton, we were offered a one litre bottle of the drink and a 500ml bottle of supermarket olive oil for £14.

We were told that if a terminally ill family member drank a mixture of the squash and the olive oil once a day after it was blessed by a pastor the cancer would be cured. A church leader who identified himself as 'Pastor Mbenga' also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the blackcurrant juice and oil.

He said the mixture would 'do what no man can do' through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured.

The products retail in several supermarkets for less than £6. Any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer is illegal under the Cancer Act 1939.

Trading standards officers have pledged to examine the evidence raised during our probe and may launch a full investigation.

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Children School Their Parents in Gender Nonconformity

© Lindsay Morris
Above, a boy prepares for a fashion show at a camp for gender-variant children and their families.
The night before Susan and Rob allowed their son to go to preschool in a dress, they sent an e-mail to parents of his classmates. Alex, they wrote, "has been gender-fluid for as long as we can remember, and at the moment he is equally passionate about and identified with soccer players and princesses, superheroes and ballerinas (not to mention lava and unicorns, dinosaurs and glitter rainbows)." They explained that Alex had recently become inconsolable about his parents' ban on wearing dresses beyond dress-up time. After consulting their pediatrician, a psychologist and parents of other gender-nonconforming children, they concluded that "the important thing was to teach him not to be ashamed of who he feels he is." Thus, the purple-pink-and-yellow-striped dress he would be wearing that next morning. For good measure, their e-mail included a link to information on gender-variant children.


DC Superior Court Judge Robbed at Gunpoint

A D.C. Superior Court judge, who recently presided over a high-profile murder case, was robbed at gunpoint last Friday while walking with two others through an upper Northwest D.C. neighborhood.

Judge Ronna Beck was walking with her law clerk and the clerk's boyfriend when two men with guns approached from behind and announced a robbery.

Judge Beck, who recently presided over the trial of five men convicted in the South Capitol Street drive-by murders, did what the robbers wanted and was not hurt in the holdup.

In fact, all three turned over their valuables, telling police the men jumped into a car and fled east toward 16th Street.

According to a police report, the judge and two companions had just left a tennis match over at 16th Street and Kennedy Streets and were walking near the intersection of 17th and Crittenden Streets when two men with guns came up from behind and said "Turn around, give me all your money, drop it."