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Armed robber was never told to report to prison

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:38

This undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Cornealious Anderson. Anderson was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, sentenced to 13 years in jail and told to await instruction on when to report to prison. Those instructions never came and he went on about his life until the clerical error was caught in 2013. Anderson's attorney says Anderson was not a fugitive, was never on the run and has filed an appeal seeking the release of the married father of three he described as a model citizen. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)ST. LOUIS (AP) — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.


Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:38

Map path of ferry, location of ship sinking and a diagram the vessel, South Korea.; 2c x 8 inches; 96.3 mm x 203 mm;Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Grabbing at Railings, Wall of Water


Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:29

FILE - In this June 12, 2008 file photo, a worker hooks up a fuel hose to an airplane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. (AP Photo/Brian McDermott, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.


Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:14

Kramatorsk APCThe humiliation Wednesday of the Ukrainian army in its much-vaunted "anti-terrorist" push into separatist eastern territory makes an embarrassing string of failures even worse. They pointed out that the region, the Donbass, is hostile to Kiev's new, pro-EU leaders, and home to magnates and police reluctant to face down the separatists. A military expert at the Razumkov think-tank in Kiev, Oleksiy Melnik, criticised the government for hesitating to use force and in the end sending in a smaller force than the one implied when it announced its "major operation" on Sunday. "The arguments that 'We mustn't provoke Russia' are absurd in the current situation, because Russia needs no pretext to carry out its plan.


Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:23

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. A year after the bombings, prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence to use against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including surveillance video showing him placing one of the bombs just yards from Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died in the blast. (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.


UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:21

 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'Doctor Pens Controversial Op-Ed Comparing HIV to Diabetes


French Lab Loses SARS Vials

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:21

French Lab Loses SARS VialsVials Containing SARS Fragments Not Dangerous, But Hint at Vulnerability


Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:21

Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealthPresident Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that Uruguay's leader didn't previously declare. Mujica's insistence on living simply ...


Man uses drone to take spectacular selfie atop hill in San Francisco

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:20
We know, we know. You're sick of selfies. We're sick of selfies. Everybody's sick of selfies. But humor us, because this isn't your average, everyday, phone-held-out-at-arm's-length smiling portrait of some goober in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Snake’s last meal comes back to bite her

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:27
A young viper was found dead with a centipede’s head protruding out of the snake’s body. As reported by NBC News, Ljiljana Tomovic, a Serbian herpetologist, was tagging snakes in Macedonia when she made the eye-catching discovery.

An orange-black ribbon holds a clue to eastern Ukraine's chaos

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:24

A ribbon of St. George is seen on a pram as people queue to apply for Russian passports at a passport office in the Crimean port of SevastopolAs pro-Russia protests spread in eastern Ukraine, a strip of striped orange-and-black fabric has become as ubiquitous as the armed men in unmarked military fatigues. Its name is the Ribbon of Saint George. Imbued with history, it’s a powerful symbol in the ongoing information battle over Ukraine. For Russians it's a mark of allegiance to the state – both the fearsome, expansionist Russian state of old and its modern successor under President Vladimir Putin.


Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man charged in Boston bomb hoax

Wed, 2014-04-16 10:54

Kevin Edson arraigned in Municipal Court and charged with possession of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat in BostonA Boston man who was arrested on Tuesday for walking through the finish area of the Boston Marathon hooded and carrying a black backpack was formally charged on Wednesday with a bomb hoax and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, officials said. The man, 25-year-old Kevin Edson, was arraigned on charges including making a false bomb threat and possession of a hoax device after telling police officers that he was carrying a "rice cooker," prompting the evacuation of a crowded downtown street that hours earlier had been the site of a memorial for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In that attack, homemade pressure cooker bombs left in backpacks near the finish line killed three people and injured 264.


Harry Potter fans open online Hogwarts school

Wed, 2014-04-16 09:11

Hogwarts Is Here, a fan-made virtual school for Harry Potter fansHogwarts is Here, an online educational website modeled after J.K. Rowling's school for young magic-users, is open for currency-free business. Following in the footsteps of the fictional Harry, Hermione and Ron just got a whole lot easier with a selection of nine-week online courses provided by a coven of industrious fans. Students can choose which of the four Hogwarts houses they want to represent -- Gryffindor's popularity is currently oustripping Hufflepuff by a factor of three, while Ravenclaw's girls and boys have proven themselves at earning House Points.


Adorable Baby Argues With Father Despite Not Using Any Words

Wed, 2014-04-16 09:09
Some babies are just born to argue, even if they were born just 14 months ago and still do not have any words in their vocabulary.

Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:27
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.

Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:07

Map of Ukraine locating eastern cities hit by separatist actions as Ukraine sends more troops to the regionSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops this week to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war. An AFP reporter in the flashpoint town of Slavyansk saw at least six APCs and light tanks, some flying Russian flags, in the city centre with dozens of armed men in camouflage stationed around them claiming to be volunteers and Ukrainian army defectors.


Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:51
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

Russia mulls lawsuit against U.S. in WTO over sanctions

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:25

Russian President Putin speaks with Economy Minister Ulyukayev during their meeting in Novo-OgaryovoRussia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies. St Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya was sanctioned alongside its chairman and largest shareholder Yuri Kovalchuk in March as part of punitive measures by Washington over Russia's annexation of Crimea. Russian bank SMP was also indirectly affected as co-owners Boris Rotenberg and his older brother Arkady fell under U.S. sanctions. SMP chief executive Dmitry Kalantyrsky has said that an estimated 9 billion rubles ($249 million) had been withdrawn after the sanctions were imposed.


Video: Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding train

Wed, 2014-04-16 06:50

 Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding trainNo, you probably shouldn’t take selfies when standing in close proximity to large vehicles that are hurtling toward you. Gawker points us to a new video posted this week by someone named Jared Michael, who says that he recently “tried to take a selfie while a train passed a ‘safe’ distance behind.” The trouble was that he was still close enough to the tracks for the train’s conductor to reach out with his foot and kick him in the face. The results are predictably hilarious. “I guess I was still too close and got kicked in the head,” Michael writes. “I messed up.” What makes this video truly funny is Michael’s reaction to getting kicked in the head. Instead of


New York City's former mayor is spending $50 million to fight the NRA

Wed, 2014-04-16 06:44
In his first major initiative since leaving office, the former New York City mayor announced plans to launch a new gun control organization that he hopes can rival the National Rifle Association.
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