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

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© AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos
Government "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."

Question

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.

Alarm Clock

Mid-April linked with national tragedy

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BOSTON, 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.

Handcuffs

Ex-official's wife confesses in Texas DA Deaths

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Mike 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 Domains.com, 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 Domains.com.

Meanwhile, according to SeattlePI.com, 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.

Eye 1

The Philadelphia abortion clinic horror - that didn't make the news

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell
We've forgotten what belongs on Page One.

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven't heard about these sickening accusations?

It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.

NBC-10 Philadelphia reported that, Stephen Massof, a former Gosnell worker, "described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, 'literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body." One former worker, Adrienne Moton, testified that Gosnell taught her his "snipping" technique to use on infants born alive.

Eye 1

Kermit Gosnell murder trial: Philadelphia abortion clinic 'beheaded live babies'

A Pittsburgh medic has revealed horrifying details of the operating conditions of a Philadelphia abortion clinic, where children born alive were "beheaded".

Stephen Massof, 50, is standing witness in the trial of his former employer, Kermit Gosnell. And on 4 April, he told a court he routinely saw the murder of infants at the hospital. He also said the hospital once aborted a fetus at 26 weeks - this is two weeks beyond the permitted 24-week limit, which is in itself only to be used in extreme cases.

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Hundreds of babies born live were killed at the Philadelphia abortion clinic.

Gosnell, 72, is standing trial for the murder of seven at the Philadelphia Women's Medical Society Clinic, as well as a woman who walked in to the hospital as a patient, the Mail reports.

If he is found guilty, Gosnell will be sentenced to death.

Chalkboard

White House petition reaches 100,000 signatures for home-schooling family Obama administration wants deported to Germany, where home schooling is illegal

  • A lawsuit against the Department of Justice will be heard April 23
  • Federal government based its decision on an international law ruling
  • Germany fines parents for home schooling and can revoke custody rights
  • An estimated 2 million children in the US are home schooled
White House petition took less than 30 days to attract 100,000 supportersA Tennessee family of devout evangelical Christian asylum-seekers who face deportation to their native Germany has reached a milestone in their quest to remain in the United States, now that their petition on the White House's website collected more than 100,000 signatures in less than 30 days.

That's the magic number that the Obama administration says will trigger an official review and a formal response. The total currently stands are more than 111,000.

'Every state in the United States of America recognizes the right to homeschool,' reads the petition filed by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), 'and the U.S. has the world's largest and most vibrant homeschool community. Regrettably, this family faces deportation in spite of the persecution they will suffer in Germany.'

That group sued the Department of Justice after a judge in the DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review ruled that Uwe and Hannelore Romeike's earlier grant of asylum should be revoked.

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The school day in the Romeike household is conducted around the kitchen table, with Hannelore making the rounds as her children study. An advocacy group sued the federal government over their deportation order, and a federal appeals court will hear the case on April 23