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West, Texas, Mayor Says 35 to 40 Dead in Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Source: Los Angeles Times

West, Texas, mayor says 35 to 40 dead in fertilizer plant explosion

By John M. Glionna and Maeve Reston
April 18, 2013, 3:04 p.m.

WEST, TEXAS --The mayor of this city said 35 to 40 people are believed to be dead in a massive fertilizer plant explosion “because they are unaccounted for and still missing.”

“We are out there searching the rubble, looking in each and every house. We are trying to locate each and every citizen,” Mayor Tommy Muska said in a telephone interview with The Times.

Muska said he arrived at the count of 35 to 40 dead because all other residents and first-responders in the area have been identified. Among those who were missing and believed dead, he said, were as many as six firefighters and four emergency medical technicians.

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State public safety officials declined to say how many have died in the accident, and confirmed only that there were fatalities.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-dead-west-texas-plant-explosion-20130418,0,3837625.story

Suicide Bomber Kills 27 in Baghdad Cafe: Officials

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Toll from suicide-bombing attack at Baghdad cafe rises to 27 - @AFP

Suicide bomber kills 23 in Baghdad cafe: officials

Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:54pm EDT

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a Baghdad cafe on Thursday, police and hospital officials said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Iraq's al Qaeda wing has stepped up suicide attacks since the start of the year in attempt to provoke widespread confrontation between the country's Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims.

(Reporting by Kareem Raheem; writing by Patrick Markey)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93H14A20130418

Musharraf on The Run After Bail Cancellation

Source: DAWN.com, NBC News, Reuters

@Reuters: BREAKING: Pakistan court orders arrest of former president Musharraf - TV

@Reuters: Pakistan court orders arrest of former president Musharraf http://t.co/GXmI4EpuNm

@BreakingNews: Pakistan court cancels bail for former President Musharraf, who flees courthouse - @dawn_com http://t.co/SJ0TPM8kq0

Musharraf on the run after bail cancellation

DAWN.COM | 39 mins ago

ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday escaped from the premises of the Islamabad High Court after the cancellation of his bail application by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in the judges detention case.
Immediately after the bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, fleeing in his bullet-proof black four-wheeler.

Musharraf had arrived at the IHC for the hearing and a large contingent of police and Rangers personnel was stationed at the court’s premises for security purposes.

Earlier last week, the former military ruler was granted a six-day interim bail after he surrendered before the court in the judges’ detention case in which he had been declared a proclaimed offender.

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He had asked the police to initiate legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

Read more: http://dawn.com/2013/04/18/judges-detention-case-musharraf-arrives-in-ihc

Thatcher Opponents Turn Their Back, Boo at Funeral Procession

Source: Reuters

Thatcher opponents turn their back, boo at funeral procession

Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:06am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - About two dozen opponents of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turned their backs on her funeral procession and some others booed as her coffin passed through central London on a gun carriage on Wednesday.

One man held up a placard "Boo!" and some shouted "scum" while others clapped, threw flowers along the route and cheered for Britain's longest serving prime minister of the 20th Century, Reuters reporters said.

Thousands of supporters lined the route from Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral.

Polls have shown that many are unhappy that the estimated 10-million ($15 million) pound bill for the funeral is being picked up by the taxpayer, while some left-wing lawmakers say the pomp-filled funeral is excessive.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93G0C420130417

Dove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' Ad Campaign Tells Women... (VIDEO)


Dove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' Ad Campaign Tells Women 'You're More Beautiful Than You Think' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | By Emma Gray
Posted: 04/16/2013 7:00 am EDT | Updated: 04/16/2013 6:03 pm EDT

Do women see themselves less accurately than strangers do? A new Dove campaign says yes -- and offers proof, in the form of forensic sketches.

Dove recruited seven women of different ages and backgrounds and had FBI-trained forensic artist Gil Zamora create composite sketches of them based on descriptions of their own facial features. In the above video, produced for the campaign, you can hear the women use phrases like "my mom told me I had a big jaw," "I kind of have a fat, rounder face," "I'd say I have a pretty big forehead."

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It's worth noting that Dove is owned by Unilever -- the same company that owns Axe, king of misogynistic ads that use headless breasts and "flirty girls" to hawk its products. However, despite the obvious commercial intentions behind this campaign, the message rings true and is a refreshing departure from the many female-targeted ads that try to shame women into buying things.

And it's women's existing shame that the Dove campaign does a good job of exposing through its sketches. "I probably beat myself up way more than I should," Cabrales acknowledged to HuffPost Women. "I see my 8-year-old daughter, and she’s so happy and confident, and naturally exudes this beauty. And when I see her I feel like, 'Oh god, what pitfalls did I fall into, and how can I keep that from happening to her?' I don’t know what they are -- I wish I did. I really want to protect her."


Glenn Greenwald: The Boston Bombing Produces Familiar and Revealing Reactions


The Guardian

Tuesday 16 April 2013 09.52 EDT

The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions

As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge

Glenn Greenwald

There's not much to say about Monday's Boston Marathon attack because there is virtually no known evidence regarding who did it or why. There are, however, several points to be made about some of the widespread reactions to this incident. Much of that reaction is all-too-familiar and quite revealing in important ways:

(1) The widespread compassion for yesterday's victims and the intense anger over the attacks was obviously authentic and thus good to witness. But it was really hard not to find oneself wishing that just a fraction of that compassion and anger be devoted to attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers. These are exactly the kinds of horrific, civilian-slaughtering attacks that the US has been bringing to countries in the Muslim world over and over and over again for the last decade, with very little attention paid. My Guardian colleague Gary Younge put this best on Twitter this morning:

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Juan Cole this morning makes a similar point about violence elsewhere. Indeed, just yesterday in Iraq, at least 42 people were killed and more than 250 injured by a series of car bombs, the enduring result of the US invasion and destruction of that country. Somehow the deep compassion and anger felt in the US when it is attacked never translates to understanding the effects of our own aggression against others.

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I don't disagree with that sentiment. But I'd bet a good amount of money that the person saying it - and the vast majority of other Americans - have no clue that targeting rescuers with "double-tap" attacks is precisely what the US now does with its drone program and other forms of militarism. If most Americans knew their government and military were doing this, would they react the same way as they did to yesterday's Boston attack: "Idea of secondary bombs designed to kill the first responders is just sick. How does anyone become that evil?" That's highly doubtful, and that's the point.

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Regardless of your views of justification and intent: whatever rage you're feeling toward the perpetrator of this Boston attack, that's the rage in sustained form that people across the world feel toward the US for killing innocent people in their countries. Whatever sadness you feel for yesterday's victims, the same level of sadness is warranted for the innocent people whose lives are ended by American bombs. However profound a loss you recognize the parents and family members of these victims to have suffered, that's the same loss experienced by victims of US violence. It's natural that it won't be felt as intensely when the victims are far away and mostly invisible, but applying these reactions to those acts of US aggression would go a long way toward better understanding what they are and the outcomes they generate.

(2) The rush, one might say the eagerness, to conclude that the attackers were Muslim was palpable and unseemly, even without any real evidence. The New York Post quickly claimed that the prime suspect was a Saudi national (while also inaccurately reporting that 12 people had been confirmed dead). The Post's insinuation of responsibility was also suggested on CNN by Former Bush Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend ("We know that there is one Saudi national who was wounded in the leg who is being spoken to"). Former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman went on CNN to grossly speculate that Muslim groups were behind the attack. Anti-Muslim bigots like Pam Geller predictably announced that this was "Jihad in America". Expressions of hatred for Muslims, and a desire to do violence, were then spewing forth all over Twitter (some particularly unscrupulous partisan Democrat types were identically suggesting with zero evidence that the attackers were right-wing extremists).

Obviously, it's possible that the perpetrator(s) will turn out to be Muslim, just like it's possible they will turn out to be extremist right-wing activists, or left-wing agitators, or Muslim-fearing Anders-Breivik types, or lone individuals driven by apolitical mental illness. But the rush to proclaim the guilty party to be Muslim is seen in particular over and over with such events. Recall that on the day of the 2011 Oslo massacre by a right-wing, Muslim-hating extremist, the New York Times spent virtually the entire...


Chinese Consulate in New York Says Chinese National is 3rd Person Killed in Boston Blasts

Source: Associated Press

@BreakingNews: Chinese Consulate in New York says Chinese national is 3rd person killed in the Boston marathon blasts - @AP http://t.co/UQ1bfKRO3N


— Apr. 16 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chinese Consulate in New York says a Chinese national is the third person killed in the Boston marathon blasts.

An official at the consulate's press section, who was not authorized to give his name, said that one Chinese student was injured and another died in the blast.

The official said a work group from the consulate was in Boston to investigate the situation and assist relatives of the victims.

The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that relatives have requested that the deceased not be identified.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/consulate-chinese-national-killed-boston

Dead California Teen's Family Sue Suspects in Sexual Assault Case

Source: Reuters

Dead California teen's family sue suspects in sexual assault case

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA | Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:41pm EDT

By Laila Kearney

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - A California teen who family members say killed herself after classmates circulated a photo of her being sexually assaulted by three boys was also scribbled with "markings" that "served to taunt and demean her," her parents' lawyer said on Friday.

New details of events leading up to last September's suicide of Audrie Pott, 15, allegedly assaulted while passed out drunk during a party at a friend's home near San Jose emerged as the girl's parents spoke publicly for the first time about her death and filed suit against the three boys accused in the attack.

Her family says Pott was the latest victim in a disturbing series of cases involving girls or young women being brutalized by sexual assault, then further humiliated when electronic images of their attack are distributed via social media.

The three boys accused of violating her were arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault by digital penetration and distributing a photo of a minor in sexual positions - both of which are felonies in California.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93F04320130416

NBC News: Law enforcement official confirms one of 2 people killed in explosions was 8 years old

@NBCNews Law enforcement official confirms that one of two people killed in today's explosions was eight years old. #BostonMarathon

Breaking: US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Gun Rights Case (Upholds New York's Gun Control Laws)

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingpol: US Supreme Court upholds New York State's gun control laws - @BloombergTV

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case

By Lawrence Hurley

Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:57am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.

The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New York state law that requires those who want to carry a concealed handgun to show they have a special reason before they can get a license.

The gun owners challenging the law said that the right to bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not limited to the right to keep a handgun at home.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has expanded gun rights, first by finding in the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual right to bear arms and then ruling two years later in McDonald v. City of Chicago, that the earlier ruling applied to the states.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE93E0L820130415
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