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Mandela memorial service interpreter admitted to psychiatric hospital

The man who sparked an international furor by offering bogus sign language interpretation at a major memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.<p>The Star newspaper reported that Thamsanqa Jantjie was admitted …

Former Nigella Lawson assistants found not guilty of fraud

A London jury has acquitted two former longtime personal assistants for Nigella Lawson of charges they defrauded the celebrity chef and her ex-husband out of nearly $1.1 million while working for the couple.<p>Francesca and Elisabetta “Lisa” Grillo were accused by Lawson’s ex-husband Charles Saatchi …

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Canada's Supreme Court Just Struck Down All Their Country's Anti-Prostitution Laws

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Canada's Supreme Court struck down three of the country's key prostitution laws today, essentially …

After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet

In NEWTOWN, Conn.<p>They had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother’s Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of …

Walt Mossberg's final Wall Street Journal column looks back on two decades of tech

After 22 years of insightful and important commentary on consumer technology, Walt Mossberg has written his final column for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> and its <i>All Things D</i> tech blog. In it, Mossberg picks out the twelve most influential products from his time as the newspaper's tech reviewer, …

China’s Desperate Smog Fix: Pumping the Skies With Liquid Nitrogen

Scientists in China say that pumping extremely cold nitrogen into Beijing’s polluted skies might help combat the excessive smog that blankets the …

Bihar bombing fans fears of new bloodshed in India's age-old caste battle

Acquittals over 90s massacres of lower-caste Dalits seen as spark for revenge killings sending shockwaves through impoverished Bihar state and across India<p>Sheltering in the shade, next to the buffaloes, the special police commandos shake their heads. "Everything is very quiet," says PC Bharat …

Associated Press News

Lee Rigby murder: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty

Two men have been convicted of murdering a soldier in broad daylight near a military barracks in London, in the first al-Qaida-inspired attack to claim a life on British soil since 7 July 2005.<p>Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, murdered Lee Rigby, 25, as he returned to the Woolwich …

Associated Press News

One in Five Americans Will Be Rich

Leaked Document Suggests That Putin Will Release Pussy Riot Members

Russian newspaper Izvestia is reporting that President Vladimir Putin will pardon the punk band Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists during a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution.<p>In total some 25,000 people will be pardoned on the anniversary, which falls on Dec. 12, …

Russia

MIT researchers create world's trickiest tongue twister

According to speech communication scientists from MIT, "pad kid poured curd pulled cod" is the most difficult phrase to spit out. Give it a try.<p>Trying to wrap your tongue around a phrase or short poem with repeated sounds is something humans have been doing for centuries -- at least that we know …

Language

Don’t Tell Mom And Dad: PG-13 Movies Are Just as Violent and Sex-Filled as R-Rated Ones

There is little difference between the vices shown in PG-13 and R-rated movies, according to a new study.<p>Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy …

Snapchat Creators Really Wish Their Ousted Cofounder Would Disappear After 10 Seconds

George Zimmerman's Girlfriend Wants To Drop Assault Charges And Get Back Together With Him

Samantha Scheibe, who allowed Zimmerman to move in with her after they started dating in August, reportedly said in a sworn statement that Zimmerman never pointed a gun at her, which conflicts with previous statements. She also said in the statement, "I want to be with George."<p>Scheibe said in the …

Domestic Violence

Walking Dead actor 'to plead guilty' over Obama ricin letter

Lawyer says Shannon Guess Richardson, who had small role in series, will admit sending toxic letter to US president<p>A Texas woman is expected to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg.<p>Shannon Guess Richardson has a federal court appearance …

Indian Lt-Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar attackers jailed

<b>A Sikh gang convicted of slashing a retired Indian general's throat in revenge for a 1984 military offensive has been jailed.</b><p>Lieutenant-General Kuldeep Singh Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked with his wife in central London in 2012.<p>Mandeep Singh Sandhu, of Birmingham, Dilbag Singh and Harjit …

Crime

Mayor of Colombia's capital ordered removed

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro refuses to accept decision by country's inspector general.<p>BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's inspector-general ordered Bogota's left-leaning mayor removed from office Monday and banished from politics for 15 years, deeming unconstitutional his behavior in a showdown last …

Singapore charges 24 over Little India riot

<b>Police in Singapore have charged 24 Indian nationals with rioting after violent protests on Sunday night over the death of a migrant worker.</b><p>Police cars and other vehicles were set alight during the unrest in Little India. It was Singapore's first riot in more than 30 years, police said.<p>The …

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