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French parliament adopts bill legalizing gay marriage and adoptions

Source: Reuters

French parliament approves same-sex marriage law

Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:17am EDT

PARIS (Reuters) - French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by President Francois Hollande which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where Hollande's Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by 331 votes for and 225 against, making France the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed.

(Reporting By Nicholas Vinocur; editing by Mark John)


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93K08B20130423

Utah Elementary School Evacuated After Pipe Bomb Found

Source: Reuters

Utah elementary school evacuated after pipe bomb found
By Laura Zuckerman
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:36pm EDT

By Laura Zuckerman

(Reuters) - Nearly 800 students and teachers were evacuated from a suburban Utah elementary school on Monday after a custodian found a pipe bomb on the roof, a school official said.

No one was injured and police detonated the bomb using a high-pressure water cannon at Mountain View Elementary School in Layton, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, said school district spokesman Christopher Williams.

The custodian removed the bomb from the roof and then alerted the school principal, who called police, said Williams.

"Why he did that and where he took it, we're not sure. He put himself in a dangerous situation," Williams said of the custodian.

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Officials: Bombing Suspect Says He and Brother Acted Alone

Source: CBS News

Officials: Bombing suspect says he and brother acted alone

April 22, 2013

BOSTON Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities from his hospital bed Monday that he and his brother acted alone in last week's attack, officials said.

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that Tsarnaev, injured from the manhunt that led to his capture, is cooperating with authorities. He is communicating via writing because a gunshot wound to his neck rendered him unable to speak. Two officials also told The Associated Press that evidence indicated he and the second suspect, his brother, were motivated by religion.

On Monday Tsarneav was indicted with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted. A magistrate judge went to the hospital to conduct the initial appearance, an official at the Federal Courthouse in Boston confirmed to CBS News.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57580837/officials-bombing-suspect-says-he-and-brother-acted-alone

Hospitalized Suspect in Boston Charged (Sealed), Will Not Be Charged as Enemy Combatant

Source: Reuters

@CBSNews: JUST IN: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arraigned in his hospital bed earlier today, charges have been sealed until 1st court appearance.

@CBSNews: UPDATE: At WH Press briefing, Jay Carney says Boston bombing suspect will not be tried as an enemy combatant.

@Reuters: Boston bombing suspect not treated as "enemy combatant," will be prosecuted via criminal justice system: White House #breaking

Hospitalized suspect in Boston bombings charged

Scott Malone, Reuters
12:27 pm, April 22, 2013
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BOSTON (Reuters) -U.S. officials brought charges against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev while he lay in his hospital bed on Monday, a federal court official said. "There has been a sealed complaint filed," said Gary Wente, circuit executive for the U.S. Courts for the First Circuit, who said that a magistrate judge was present when Tsarnaev was charged at his bed in Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

The White House has said that the suspect will not be treated as an "enemy combatant", and instead will be prosecuted through the U.S. criminal justice system.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, an ethnic Chechen college student suspected of carrying out the attacks with his older brother, lay in a Boston hospital under armed guard. He was unable to speak after he was captured with throat injuries sustained during shoot-outs with police.

Police declined to comment on media reports he was communicating with authorities in writing.

"There have been widely published reports that he is (communicating silently). I wouldn't dispute that, but I don't have any specific information on that myself," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told CNN. "We're very anxious to talk to him and the investigators will be doing that as soon as possible."

Read more: http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-75511848/

Divinyls Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dies (Sang "I Touch Myself")

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-22/divinyls-singer-chrissy-amphlett-dies/4644172

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies

Updated 20 minutes ago

Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died age 53.

Media reports say she was surrounded by family and friends at her New York home when she died.

Amphlett, who grew up in Geelong, Victoria, lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.

The cause of her death is not yet clear. In 2010 she revealed she had breast cancer but in early 2011 she said she was in remission. In 2007 the charismatic frontwoman also revealed a battle against multiple sclerosis.

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Children's Author E.L. Konigsburg Dies ("Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler")

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57580658/childrens-author-e.l-konigsburg-dies-in-virginia

Children's author E.L. Konigsburg dies in Virginia
April 21, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. E.L. Konigsburg, an author who twice won one of the top honors for children's literature, has died. She was 83.

Her son Paul Konigsburg says the longtime Florida resident died Friday at a hospital in Falls Church, Va., where she'd been living for the past few years with another son. She had suffered a stroke a week before she died.

She won the John Newbery Medal in 1997 for her book "The View from Saturday" and in 1968 for "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler."

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Ingrid Bergman starred as Mrs. Frankweiler in a 1973 film adaptation of Konigsburg's book called "The Hideaways."

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Bombing Suspect Is Responding to Questions in Writing

Source: ABC News

@BreakingNews: More: Sources say Tsarnaev is responding sporadically in writing; has wounds in neck and throat area - @ABC http://t.co/ORpKZWzQVd

Bombing Suspect Is Responding to Questions in Writing

By ALYSSA NEWCOMB (@alyssanewcomb) Apr 21, 2013, 7:52 PM
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and responding sporadically in writing to questions, authorities said. Investigators are asking about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Trip Home to Russia Raises Questions for FBI
Ken McGagh/MetroWest Daily News/AP Photo; inset: FBI/AP Photo
Previously officials said Tsarnaev was in no condition to be interrogated.

Tsarnaev, 19, is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, with wounds to the neck and throat area, according to sources.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19009283&ref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FORpKZWzQVd

How The NRA Impeded The Boston Bomber Investigation

http://www.nationalmemo.com/how-the-nra-impeded-the-boston-bomber-investigation/

How The NRA Impeded The Boston Bomber Investigation

April 20th, 2013 12:00 am
David Cay Johnston

The intense hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers illustrates another way that the National Rifle Association helps mass murderers by delaying how quickly they can be identified.

The inability to quickly track the gunpowders in the Boston bombs is due to government policy designed and promoted by the NRA, which has found a way to transform every massacre associated with weapons into an opportunity for the munitions companies that sustain it to sell more guns, gunpowder and bullets.

The price for such delays was put on terrible display Friday morning when the two brothers, who had been caught on video placing the bombs, killed one police officer, wounded another and carjacked a motorist, creating conditions so unsafe that the 7th largest population center in America spent Friday on lockdown.

But for the NRA-backed policy of not putting identifiers known as taggants in gunpowder, law enforcement could have quickly identified the explosives used to make the bombs, tracking them from manufacture to retail sale. That could well have saved the life of Sean Collier, the 26-year-old MIT police officer who was gunned down Thursday night by the fleeing bomb suspects.

Had the suspects in the Boston bombings killed by slipping poison into bottled water or canned food at a factory, or lacing spinach in a field with a deadly chemical, it would have taken only minutes to a few hours to identify exactly where that food was manufactured and how it moved through the food chain. That would have quickly narrowed the search for suspects.

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Two people shot at site of Denver marijuana rally, police say

Source: Reuters

Two people shot at Denver marijuana rally: police

Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:47pm EDT

DENVER (Reuters) - Two people were shot at a pro-marijuana rally in Denver on Saturday, police said.

One person was shot in the leg and another was "also down with unknown injuries," Denver police said on their Twitter page. Police said it occurred at Civic Center Park, which was the site of a large marijuana rally.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Paul Simao)


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93J0KF20130420

PHOTO Just Released: Boston Marathon Bomber Suspect Arrested by Police



@BreakingNews: Photo: 2nd Boston Marathon bombings suspect is taken into custody by police - @melissagrelo http://t.co/lLICb1Pvl4
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