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Pistorius did himself no favours in the dock: lawyers

Yahoo! News - 16 hours 27 min ago

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius reacts during his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on April 15, 2014Oscar Pistorius did himself more harm than good when he took the witness stand, say South African lawyers. Throughout five gruelling days on the witness stand, the Paralympic gold medallist contradicted himself, a nail in the coffin for his defence, said lawyers watching the case. Initially, Pistorius had said he believed he was under attack by an intruder when he fired four shots at the toilet door. Pistorius has also suggested he was not thinking rationally when he fired his 9mm pistol at a toilet door begind which was his girlfriend, 29-year-old model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.


UAE Red Crescent Team Assesses Needs In Haiyan-hit Regions In The Philippines

Yahoo! Philippines Typhoon News - 16 hours 31 min ago
MANILA, April 16 (Bernama) -- The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) team from United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the Philippines to assess humanitarian needs of areas and population affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Tax day freebies and deals

Lead Stories from AOL - 17 hours 43 min ago
Tax day freebies and deals

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Today doesn't have to be all that bad. Many companies and restaurants are offering some relief in the way of discounts and giveaways.All the deals to check out today

Michael Strahan officially joins 'GMA'

Lead Stories from AOL - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:11
Michael Strahan officially joins 'GMA'

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The 'Live!' co-host was greeted with a red carpet this morning when he made his debut on the show. What he'll be doing each morning

Attorney general experimented with marijuana

Lead Stories from AOL - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:11
Attorney general experimented with marijuana
Eric Holder

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In an interview with The Huffington Post, Eric Holder commented on his personal history with pot.What he's 'cautiously optimistic' about

Former NFL star linebacker sues Nike

Lead Stories from AOL - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:11
Former NFL star linebacker sues Nike
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Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition.All because of a dance?
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10 ways to use matzo for Passover

Lead Stories from AOL - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:11
10 ways to use matzo for Passover
Matzo pizza

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You don't just have to eat it plain. It's easy to make many meals using it, including this tasty looking pizza.Plus, how to use it to dress up chicken

Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

Yahoo! News - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:10

Queen Anne Cannabis ClubYoung, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain. "What we're seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with," said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.


Review of All Vegas Horses / L.E.A.N. by Bridget9

Great Nonprofits Reviews - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:42
5 stars. I have been following LEAN for nearly 2 years now and have donated to this well deserving charity. The way they care for the deserving equines that have been so mistreated/neglected is amazing. You can see the transformation of the horses in their care from day one. They take these animals in like family.

Review of Do Good Lab by Eccolo1

Great Nonprofits Reviews - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:15
5 stars. When I met the Do Good Lab volunteers 3 years ago, what struck me the most was their passion and dedication. When I found out about their mission, I thought it was sustainable, and empowering--and that's why I've been a volunteer since. It is truly inspiring to work with, and be friends with these people who care about helping others in such remote places in a sincere, non-paternalisti...

Review of Habitat For Horses Inc by Graham24

Great Nonprofits Reviews - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:14
5 stars. A heart-felt and compassionate organization that rescues and saves horses. So much integrity and kindness is here for these beautiful animals. Habitat provides a new life for these beautiful creatures.

Review of American Blues Theater by girlabouttown

Great Nonprofits Reviews - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:14
5 stars. Great people with big hearts. Their passion matches their generosity. And they make unforgettable art.

Spring's freshest jewelry trend

Lead Stories from AOL - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:11
Spring's freshest jewelry trend
Jewelry

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There's one item that you'll probably see a lot of this season — but it isn't the only trend to know.7 style rules to follow this spring

CELLPHONE SNOOP DISCOVERS HER BOYFRIEND IS CHEATING

Yahoo! News - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype -- Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him. Last February when I visited him, I snooped in his phone -- spare me the condemnation. I found an email he had written to an old girlfriend in which he suggested they plan their "next" rendezvous. I plan on dumping him, but I don't know how to go about it. I've always been bad at dumping people. ...

Top 10 Charities That Earn the Highest % of Donations at Year-End

Charity Navigator Top Ten Lists - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
<p>The year-end holidays inspire many people to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Less altruistically, but still just as important, donors need to make their end-of-year giving decisions by December 31 to qualify for a tax deduction in this calendar year. As a result, donations to charities increase between Thanksgiving and New Years. </p> <p>How much? The charities on our site received nearly $1.4 million via Network for Good's Donate Now button just during the month of December 2012 alone. And in our <a href="http://charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1476">2012 year-end giving survey</a>, the charities themselves told us just how important year-end gifts are to their bottom line noting that on average more than 40% of their total annual contributions from individuals at year-end. The list below highlights the ten 3 and 4-star charities that received the highest percentage of their total 2012 online donations (via our site and Network for Good&rsquo;s giving tool) during December 2012.</p>

Support Our Troops

Charity Navigator Hot Topics - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
If you are compassionate about helping veterans, injured soldiers and their families, then consult our list of military-related charities before you write a check.

Charities Working to Prevent and Cure Breast Cancer

Charity Navigator Hot Topics - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
There are more than 1,000 charities competing for donations to continue their efforts to promote awareness and to cure breast cancer. How is a donor supposed to distinguish between them all?

Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

Charity Navigator Hot Topics - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
Find out what Angelina Jolie, Bono, Lance Armstrong and Michael J. Fox have in common besides being famous.

10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings

Charity Navigator Top Ten Lists - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:00
Charities tackle some of society's most complex and intractable issues --- such as combating hunger, preserving the environment, curing diseases and changing people's perceptions. These are long-term objectives. To be successful, organizations must be high performers consistently, year after year. These ten charities have earned the most consecutive 4-star ratings demonstrating an ongoing fiscal excellence. They are well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change.
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