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Illinois Congress rep Mike Bost EXPLODES on the House floor! IT'S ALL FALLING APART...

Comment: Although Congressman Bost's anger was over a particular bill and its effects on his constituents, his description of the workings of the House are spot on.

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China Detains Hundreds in Tibet Capital

Chinese soldiers in Lhasa
Hundreds of people have been detained in Lhasa after two men set themselves on fire in the Tibetan regional capital, a US-based broadcaster said, as a young mother became the latest Tibetan to self-immolate.

Radio Free Asia said Chinese security forces had rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of Sunday's incident, the first major protest in the heavily-guarded city since deadly anti-government riots in 2008.

It quoted a local source as saying about 600 Tibetans had been detained and those from outside the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) had been expelled.

Foreign journalists cannot go to the TAR without special permission and the report could not be independently confirmed. A security official in Lhasa said by telephone that she did not know anything about the reported detentions.

On Wednesday, a Tibetan mother of three self-immolated in front of a monastery in southwestern Sichuan province's Aba county, where many of the protests have taken place, Free Tibet and Radio Free Asia reported.

Free Tibet, a London-based campaign group, said the woman was in her mid-30s and died at the scene.


Bruce Springsteen lashes bankers during Berlin concert

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Bruce Springsteen tapped into Europe's anger at bankers while performing at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Rocker taps into anger at financial world, dedicating anti-bank song to 'those who are struggling in Europe and Berlin'

Bruce Springsteen has touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with financiers and bankers while performing a concert in Berlin.

Springsteen played to a sold-out crowd at Berlin's Olympiastadion, singing from his album Wrecking Ball and speaking about tough economic times that have put people out of work worldwide and led to debt crises in Greece and other countries.

"In America a lot of people have lost their jobs," said Springsteen, 62, who performed for three hours to 58,000 fans in the stadium that hosted the 1936 Olympics and 2006 World Cup final.

"But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough," he said, speaking in German. "This song is for all those who are struggling." He then introduced Jack of All Trades, a withering attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."


Seattle Cafe Shooter Kills 5, Self After Citywide Manhunt

The father of the man who opened fire and killed five people across Seattle, and later killed himself after a citywide manhunt, says his son was a very private person who was "disgruntled" and that he was a frequent customer at the coffee shop where his rampage began.

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Pictured is Ian Stawicki, who is suspected of killing three people at a Seattle café and later killed himself on May 20, 2012.
"He was happy sometimes, but not really. He was kind of disgruntled," Walt Stawicki said about his son Ian Stawicki, who fatally shot himself after a killing spree on Wednesday.

Seattle's Harborview Medical Center confirmed that Ian Stawicki, who according to his father was unmarried with no children and had recently worked on a fishing processing boat in Alaska, died at 6 p.m. PDT Wednesday.

After the shootings began at approximately 11 a.m. PDT, when Stawicki opened fire at Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle's University District, eventually killing four people, he killed a fifth random woman in a subsequent confrontation and stole her car.

Two victims died at the scene at Cafe Racer Espresso, while two more died later after being taken to Harborview Medical Center. People who were brought to the hospital had suffered gunshot wounds to the head, according to Susan Gregg, a hospital spokeswoman.

According to the Seattle Times, two of the victims at the cafe were Joe "Vito" Albanese, 52, who was killed along with best friend Drew Keriakedes, 45; the two men were in a band called God's Favorite Beefcake. The two other victims shot at the cafe have not yet been identified.

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Quebec Student Leaders Say Province Budging on Tuition

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CLASSE spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois arrives for the second day of negotiations with Quebec government officials.
Canada - The Quebec government is willing to modify its plans to hike university tuition, student leaders said Tuesday night as they exited a second day of talks aimed at ending the province's student strike.

"We are staying at the bargaining table because it's worth it - which is to say that yes, evidently, we're talking about tuition fees," said Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec, one of four umbrella student associations participating in the talks.

Asked whether a deal is imminent, Desjardins told reporters outside the Education Ministry's offices in Quebec City, "We'll be discussing for all of tomorrow, so it depends on what you mean by 'imminent.'"

Both sides introduced proposals on Tuesday to end the impasse, with "several scenarios around the table from the different parties," according to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesman for the more hardline student group CLASSE. "We'll take the night and probably the morning tomorrow to evaluate them," Nadeau-Dubois said.

The two sides haven't yet set a time for discussions to resume on Wednesday.

It's the first sign the talks might be nearing a deal to end a student strike and a wider social uprising, which has seen tens of thousands of people rally in the streets of Montreal, Quebec City and other communities over the past 3½ months. Nightly protests, the most intense of which involved the mass arrests of hundreds of people and clashes with police, have gone on for the last 36 days.


Psychopath Alert! Luka Rocco Magnotta Video Allegedly Shows Body Parts Suspect Dismembering Victim


Luka Magnotta
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Luka Magnotta
A video that purportedly shows a suspect wanted in connection with the Ottawa - Montreal body parts case brutally killing and sexually assaulting a naked man appears on a Canadian-operated website.

Police are now studying the gruesome video, which was believed to have been taken by the suspect, identified today by police as Luka Rocco Magnotta.

Magnotta is wanted in connection with the discovery of a man's torso stuffed in a locked suitcase in Montreal - whose hand and foot were mailed to Ottawa.

A man by the same name as Magnotta - who is featured on a number of lurid websites - is a low-budget gay porn star suspected of appearing in a number of kitten-killing videos.


Update: Porn Star Hunted Over Body Parts

Luka Rocco Magnotta
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Luka Rocco Magnotta
Canada - A porn actor is being hunted over the gruesome case of a dismembered body whose parts were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said at a news conference. According to an official close to the investigation Magnotta worked as a porn actor and there is video of the crime.

Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighbourhood, behind which police found a man's torso in a suitcase on Tuesday.

The same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand was found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said. The packages with the foot and the hand had been mailed to Ottawa from Montreal.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said detectives are investigating the possibility that other body parts might have been mailed. He said the suspect and the victim knew each other, and it was not linked to organised crime.


Virginia Police Officer Indicted on Murder Charge

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Daniel Harmon-Wright and Bethany P. Sullivan
A Culpeper police officer was indicted Tuesday on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a female motorist during a confrontation earlier this year.

The indictment, handed up by a special grand jury, is highly unusual. There have been few cases in the United States in which an officer has faced so serious a charge in connection with actions taken on duty.

In addition to the murder charge, the special investigative grand jury indicted the officer on three other counts: malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The woman was identified as Patricia A. Cook, 54, of Culpeper, and the officer as Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, of Gainesville.

In an unusual twist, the officer's mother was indicted Tuesday on three counts of forgery of public documents. Virginia State Police said evidence had come to light concerning efforts by the woman, Bethany P. Sullivan, 56, of Orange, Va., to purge negative information from her son's personnel file. She had been a Culpeper police employee but left in 2010.


140 brothels raided across Ireland

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A handout photo issued by the PSNI of a suspected brothel inside an apartment complex in Belfast city centre.
Three women arrested in a major cross-Border offensive against prostitution walked free today after pleading guilty to running a brothel in Belfast.

Some 140 brothels were raided by the PSNI and Garda yesterday as part of a cross-Border operation called Operation Quest.

Today in Belfast Magistrates' Court the three women, all Polish nationals, each received suspended two month prison sentences for the offence and another charge of possessing criminal property.

Sandra Polewska, Milena Tarnowska (both 23) and Marta Kozakowska (27) were detained during the raids yesterday.

Kozakowska admitted a third offence of obstructing police by swallowing a mobile phone SIM card when police entered their apartment yesterday.

The court heard they were the only ones involved in an unsophisticated brothel based at Alfred Street in the city. Prosecutors said officers seized large amounts of cash, sexual items, condoms and six mobile phones from the property.


Armed man on loose in Seattle, two dead

police Seattle
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Police said at least two people were shot near the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast and the gunman was on the loose.
A man with a gun is on the loose in North Seattle and police are telling people to stay out of the area around 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Two people were killed, another had life-threatening injuries and and the suspect was last seen fleeing northbound. He is described as a white man, 30-40, 6 feet tall with a medium build. Police say he has a goatee or beard and is wearing a dark shirt.

Seattle police armed with rifles were combing streets near where the victims were shot. The man was believed to be carrying a large semi-automatic handgun.

Police said the shooting happened at Cafe Racer, a bar that also serves espresso at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.