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Iran blasts mock U.S. carrier in war games


Story highlights Iranian military drills target mock-up of USS Nimitz Speedboats and cruise missiles are used in the naval drills U.S. described fake carrier as akin to Hollywood set

Story highlights
Iranian military drills target mock-up of USS Nimitz
Speedboats and cruise missiles are used in the naval drills
U.S. described fake carrier as akin to Hollywood set

Iran blasted its mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier during naval drills on Wednesday, swarming the target with 100 speedboats armed with rockets, shoulder-launched missiles and mortars as well as striking it with cruise missiles, according to reports from Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

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Scorpion On A Plane: Woman Stung On Hand


The flight where the scorpion was found. Pic: Twitter/@MEPOSU The flight is delayed after the woman is stung and crew members search the aircraft for any more unwanted arachnids.

The flight where the scorpion was found. Pic: Twitter/@MEPOSU
The flight is delayed after the woman is stung and crew members search the aircraft for any more unwanted arachnids.

A scorpion has stung a woman on the hand minutes before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

Alaska Airlines Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway at the weekend when the passenger was stung. Continue reading

Oil Train Blast ‘Like Atomic Bomb Went Off’


Huge Explosion As Train Derails Hours after the accident, fires were still burning

Huge Explosion As Train Derails
Hours after the accident, fires were still burning A train carrying oil derails and bursts into flames, slamming into a house and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of families.

A house has been destroyed and two towns evacuated after a train carrying 100 tankers of crude oil derailed, causing a massive explosion.

The train derailed during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia on Monday. One tanker ended up in the Kanawha River and at least 14 others exploded. Continue reading

PM: Young Unemployed Will Work For Benefits


David Cameron says his reforms aim to end long-term unemployment and help youngsters understand "welfare is not a one-way street".

David Cameron says his reforms aim to end long-term unemployment and help youngsters understand “welfare is not a one-way street”.

Young people out of work or not in education or training for six months will need to do unpaid work to claim benefits under welfare reforms drawn up by the Conservative Party.

The reforms mean people aged between 18 and 21 will have to do 30 hours of community work each week and 10 hours of job-hunting to qualify for benefits. Continue reading

Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion, 26, died November 19.


Witnesses: FAMU drum major beaten with drum mallets in hazing gauntlet

Witnesses: FAMU drum major beaten with drum mallets in hazing gauntlet

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witnesses paint violent blow-by-blow account of Robert Champion’s hazing
  • Two other band members also went through “cross over” ritual on band’s Bus C
  • Drum major said he was having trouble breathing, passed out after initiation
  • Champion died after hazing incident; medical examiner ruled death a homicide Continue reading

The agony of Japan Inc.


Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone -- and, lately, it looks like they may never come back. By Kevin Kelleher, contributor "This country is in a war and some people understand it and some people are siding with the enemy."

Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone — and, lately, it looks like they may never come back.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
“This country is in a war and some people understand it and some people are siding with the enemy.”

 Believe it or not, someone once wrote those paranoid words about Japanese corporations. It was only two decades ago, when people fretted – wrongly, if profitably – about the awful and certain specter of Japan eating America’s economic lunch.I found that paranoid quote in Rising Sun, the forgettably terrible 1992 airport novel about American cops foiling Japan Inc. Continue reading

Three kids found abandoned in shed


Oregon police say they've found mother of three abandoned children

Oregon police say they’ve found mother of three abandoned children

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: Police remove the children’s photos, saying they “are no longer appropriate”
  • Police found the children — an infant and two toddlers — on Thursday morning
  • Homeless people say they think the children’s mother abandoned them
  • The three appear to be healthy, a police spokesman says Continue reading

Why we like to watch Facebook struggle


Why we like to watch Facebook struggle

Why we like to watch Facebook struggle

In the whirlwind of its IPO fallout, there has been a sort of glee in watching the company stumble. What’s driving the Facebook-schadenfreude and what can the social network do about it? Continue reading

(Dynamic 2011) events to shape world for years to come


The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.

The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arab Spring, economy, Japan quake, bin Laden raid define 2011 news events
  • Scandals also marred 2011, from absurd (Charlie Sheen) to sordid (Penn State) Continue reading

Judge who freed Sandusky has volunteered for his charity


Where is Jerry Sandusky?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The judge who granted bail volunteered at Second Mile
  • Neighbors are concerned about coach’s proximity to school
  • Gov. Corbett: A new law may pass by the end of the year
  • Former Second Mile member: The group’s mission must continue Continue reading

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