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Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking
LONDON (AP) — A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story. Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges. Johnson said he was taught how to hack into voicemails by a supervisor and had used the technique in 2001 while investigating a possible affair between a soap opera actress and a gangster. He told the court he didn't know the hacking was illegal when he did it. District Judge Quentin Purdy praised Johnson for confessing his crime. Britain's long-running phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and numerous arrests.
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When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog
From dividing up belongings to moving out of a shared apartment, breakups can be tough. But what do you do when you have a furry friend to further complicate matters? For Scott Ladauti, the decision was easy. When it came to choosing between salvaging his relationship and keeping his dog, he didn’t hesitate. "When [my girlfriend] gave the ultimatum, it really wasn’t a question," he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. "I lived in my car for, like, four days with my dog before my parents would let us come back to their house. But I would have been homeless with her forever." As Laudati explained, his relationship had been on the rocks for a while. "I sort of got the dog, I guess, to try to save the relationship," he said. "I mean, I’d always wanted a dog, and we were living in a terrible area, so I thought getting a dog was probably the best idea. I mean, we would have fallen apart anyway. This definitely accelerated it." Laudati said he saw the warning signs of a breakup long before... - pb:
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Ebola Surging In Sierra Leone Amid Lack Of Treatment Centers: UN - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Ebola Surging In Sierra Leone Amid Lack Of Treatment Centers: UN
DAKAR, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone as the country suffers from a lack of treatment centers, while lack of food and basic goods is forcing some people to leave quarantine areas, the United Nations said. The U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) said in its weekly report that a total of 1,062 people had died in Sierra Leone from the virus, with the outbreak particularly virulent in the western areas around the coastal capital Freetown. Sierra Leone is emerging as the focal point for concern in the worst Ebola outbreak on record. The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that 4,818 people had died in the epidemic and said the number of cases was still rising in Sierra Leone, though it was stabilizing in neighboring Guinea and slowing in Liberia. Sierra Leone has 288 beds spread across four Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs) treating 196 confirmed cases of the disease as of Nov. 2, UNMEER said. However, the U.N. mission said it...
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It's A Planet! High-Desert Telescope Captures Stunning Image Of Planets Being Born Around Young Star - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
It's A Planet! High-Desert Telescope Captures Stunning Image Of Planets Being Born Around Young Star
Astronomers say they've captured the most detailed image yet of planet formation around a young, sun-like star -- and it's pretty spectacular. Story continues below. HL Tau and its protoplanetary disk, as seen by the ALMA telescope in Chile. This best image of planet formation reveals multiple rings and gaps that herald the presence of emerging planets as they sweep their orbits clear of dust and gas. "This is truly one of the most remarkable images ever seen at these wavelengths," Dr. Crystal Brogan, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a written statement. "The level of detail is so exquisite that it's even more impressive than many optical images." Scientists believe the image--captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile--will expand our understanding of how planets form throughout the universe, and how our own solar system came to be. The image features the star HL Tau,...
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The Future Of Drive-Thru Is On Your Phone - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Future Of Drive-Thru Is On Your Phone
There was a time when nothing symbolized Americans’ yearn for instant gratification as well as the drive-thru -- where we could order, pay for and eat a meal without ever having to leave the car. Then along came the iPhone and a universe of apps that promised the ultimate convenience: burgers at the push of a button. Thanks to tech, you now have the luxury of never having to place a fast-food order with a human again. As more young Americans move to cities -- and leave their cars behind -- mobile apps are increasingly looking like the 21st century's answer to the drive-thru. “The mobile payment will become the urban version of the drive-thru,” said Maeve Webster, a senior director at DataSsential, a food market research firm. “The big thing that’s going to drive that is the population shift into urban areas.” Over the past several months, the number of restaurants offering diners the ability to order and pay for their food through their phones has expanded rapidly. Taco Bell launched...
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Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United
NEW YORK -- It would be nice to think that, after years of ever-deeper anger, division and paralysis, the U.S. government would unite -- out of exhaustion, if nothing else. It would be nice to think that a humbled President Barack Obama and his emboldened Republican foes would join hands to deal with our obvious public problems: Immigration policy, debt, foreign policy, education, infrastructure. It would be nice, but it would be wrong. The prospect for the next two years is one of limited substantive progress, but intense political positioning for, yes, the next election. If the U.S. were a parliamentary democracy, the government would have fallen as a result of Tuesday’s election. But in America, with its Newtonian clockwork of dispersed authority, the political losers and the winners are supposed to work jointly and earnestly on a governing agenda. They rarely do that. Honoring tradition, the president and the new leader of the opposition, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, pledged...
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Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative. - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-...
Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.
It is time to shine a light on the strategies used by Democrats, and on the Democratic infrastructure that uses those strategies. Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize. Those strategists form an infrastructure that all Democrats have come to depend on; not just the candidates, but also the elected officials, Democrats in government, and citizens who either do, or might, find progressive policies morally and practically right. The strategic infrastructure includes PR firms, pollsters, consultants, researchers, trainers, communication specialists, speechwriters, and their funders. It is an important and powerful infrastructure and we all depend on it. I believe it is vital to separate this infrastructure from the...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: How President Obama Defined The Midterms - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
HUFFPOLLSTER: How President Obama Defined The Midterms
The exit polls and election results demonstrate the powerful influence of the President on campaign 2014. Turnout was down from 2010. And forecasters and pollsters start looking back at what went wrong. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, November 6, 2014. OBAMA'S UNPOPULARITY DRAGS DOWN DEMS - Scott Clement: "Why did so many Democrats lose on Tuesday? Here's the simplest answer: President Obama was a political dead weight for his party. No Democratic Senate candidate performed more than nine percentage points better than Obama’s approval rating in their state’s exit poll. This outlier over-performance was barely good enough for Sens. Mark Warner to pull off reelection in Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire...Notably, both of these candidates are personally popular and serve in states that are evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. They also each spent time as governor before being elected to the Senate." [WashPost] And none ran much ahead of Obama in the South - Nate...
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David Kalac, Man Who Posted Photos Of Strangled Woman On 4chan, Caught: Cops - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
David Kalac, Man Who Posted Photos Of Strangled Woman On 4chan, Caught: Cops
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man charged with killing his girlfriend in Washington state and accused of posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to kill him walked up to an Oregon officer Wednesday night and surrendered, police said. David Kalac, 33, was arrested at a transit center in Wilsonville, about 20 miles south of Portland, Clackamas County sheriff's Sgt. Nate Thompson said. An officer was patrolling the area when a man came out of a wooded area near a parking lot. "He basically said, `I have a warrant for my arrest,'" Thompson said in a telephone interview. Kalac was cooperative but provided no details about how he got to Wilsonville, the spokesman said. Kalac has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Amber Lynn Coplin, 30, in Port Orchard, Washington. He was transported to Portland, where he was being held on $2 million bail. Washington state detectives have arrived in Portland and hoped to interview him, as well as take...
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Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published
NEW YORK (AP) — In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his wartime radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's favorite authors, John Steinbeck. The piece was titled "With Your Wings," an inspirational story about a black pilot that Steinbeck wrote for Welles' program, and it seemed to disappear almost as soon as it was aired. There are no records of "With Your Wings" appearing in book or magazine form. Even some Steinbeck experts, including scholar Susan Shillinglaw and antiquarian James Dourgarian, know little about it. "It doesn't ring a bell at all," said Dourgarian, who specializes in selling first editions of Steinbeck's work. "And that's saying something if I haven't heard of it. It's also surprising because you would think that anything Steinbeck was involved with would be printed some place." But 70 years after Welles' introduction in the midst of World War II, "With Your Wings" is getting a second release. Andrew F. Gulli, managing editor...
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Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus
MYIN HLUT, Myanmar (AP) — The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out to sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. "Myanmar authorities are not only making life so intolerable for Rohingya that they have to flee, but they're also complicit in the process — they're taking payments and profiting off their exodus," said Matthew...
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Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the most turbulent of three protest sites that have snarled swaths of the city. Police said they attempted to arrest a man who was shining his cellphone light into officers' eyes, and demonstrators responded by surging at police lines. The two sides ended up in a tense standoff, with several protesters taunting police. At about 2:30 a.m., protesters charged again at police lines and flooded into a street. Officers responded with pepper spray and pushed the crowd back into their camp. Police said they arrested three people in the confrontations, which left at least one protester bleeding from the head. Several demonstrators arrived in Mong Kok wearing masks with the grinning...
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'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zaher-s...
'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty'
My name is Dr. Mohamad Majed Bari My friends and patients called me Dr. Majed I was a doctor not a terrorist I saved lives while terrorists take lives away I was killed when my car was targeted with a heat-seeking missile by a Syrian fighter jet I bled to death No emergency crew was able to reach me on time The International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN are not allowed by the government in my hometown behind rebel lines They stay away safe in the capital They have to abide by the system's bureaucracy The system does not protect me or my patients There were no news reports of my death. The reporters are all in Kobani I was riding in an ambulance in Aleppo trying to save another life Another three civilians were killed with me They joined another 200,000 Syrians killed in my homeland I was working with a humanitarian organization called Saving Lives! I was killed while saving lives "How Ironic," you may say but Syria is the land of ironies these days Many of my colleagues left...
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Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any point since the Roaring '20s when victorious legislators and governors take office next year. That could result in lower taxes and perhaps fewer dollars flowing to social safety net programs. A day after a big election, newly emboldened Republican state leaders already were making plans Wednesday to pursue deeper tax cuts, relax business regulations, expand private school vouchers and impose new limits on public welfare programs. In some states, such as Kansas, Republicans will be able to do as they want, because they control both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. In others, such as neighboring Missouri, the Republicans' legislative supermajorities will be so large that they can essentially disregard the objections of a Democratic governor. Elsewhere, like in New York, the Republican takeover of one legislative chamber simply means a stronger say in a state still...
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Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016
WASHINGTON -- When a congressional caucus shrinks, it tends to solidify the politics of the remaining members, as conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans are always the first to get swept away in a wave. As the Democratic caucus numbers in the Senate have gradually shrunk, from a high-water mark of 60 in 2009 to 46 this January, the rump has gotten more progressive. It hasn't just been by subtraction. The arrival of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last cycle has given the growing liberal bloc a power base to rally on, muscle that was flexed most prominently in the high-profile rejection of Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve before he'd even been nominated. In 2016, as Democrats work to retake the Senate, they have a chance to do it while simultaneously expanding the ranks of their progressive members, given the tilt of the playing field. In Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Iowa, Democrats have the potential to elect progressive senators in...
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Manet's Portrait Of Parisian Actress Fetches A Record $65 Million At Auction - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Manet's Portrait Of Parisian Actress Fetches A Record $65 Million At Auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet set a new auction record for the artist during the second day of a major fall sale of impressionist and modern art. "Spring" was sold at Christie's Wednesday evening for $65 million, almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million for the French impressionist. "Spring" is considered a Manet masterpiece. It was first presented at the 1882 Paris Salon and depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy in a floral dress and bonnet as an evocation of spring. Manet had intended allegorical works of the four seasons but only completed "Spring" and "Autumn." One of the leading artists of the impressionist movement famous for his portraits and scenes from everyday life, Manet died in 1883 at 51. "Spring" has been in the same American collection for over a century and has been on loan at the National Gallery of Art for the last two decades. The first owner was Manet's friend, the journalist Antonin Proust. It later was in the...
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Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey...
Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy
Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich. There has never been a better time for the top 1%. The stock market is soaring, profits are high, interest rates are near zero, and taxes are low. The main countervailing forces -- unions, antitrust authorities, and financial regulators -- have been clobbered. Think of it this way....
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Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK)
The following is an excerpt from Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War, a book that details the movies, short clips and instructional videos that the company turned out during wartime. "Stop That Tank!" Stop That Tank! was a very straightforward training film that used live-action footage of soldiers demonstrating the proper use of the Boys antitank rifle, and animated cutaway views of the gun’s interior to display its inner workings for better overall understanding. But before the instruction begins, the film opens with a cartoon sequence pitting hitler and his tanks against some concealed canadian soldiers armed with the weapon. The german tanks are rickety affairs that clank across the battlefields like toys, and when the hidden gunners open fire at close range, the tanks flee the scene. hitler’s tank gets blown to kingdom come, and he ends up in hades, ranting at the feet of Satan about the unfair advantage provided by the Boys...
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Israel: No Change In Status Of Contentious Jerusalem Holy Site - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Israel: No Change In Status Of Contentious Jerusalem Holy Site
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has emphasized there will be no change in the status of a contentious Jerusalem holy site amid spiking tensions in the area. The statement by Benjamin Netanyahu came a day after a Hamas militant slammed a minivan into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing one person and wounding 13 before being shot dead by police, and a Palestinian motorist drove into a group of soldiers in the West Bank, wounding three. The second motorist turned himself into Israeli security forces on Thursday, the army said. The attacks came after Palestinians clashed with police at the holy compound -- known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims -- over a push by Israeli activists to widen access to Jews visiting the site. The clashes, which erupted as Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers in response to a demonstration by Israeli activists, prompted Jordan -- which has custodial rights to the site as part of its 1994 peace...
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Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It
Typically, when we think about enduring an injury, we imagine we have to do something -- and usually do it wrong -- to bring on the pain. But sometimes discomfort is due to doing nothing whatsoever. Case in point: Sitting at your sedentary desk job. Spending too much time sitting has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and earlier death, and even the most dedicated of exercise regimens won't undo all the damage. "We were built to move," Steven Conway, Ph.D., a chiropractor and attorney in Athens, Wisconsin, and a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, tells The Huffington Post. "The non-moving is the hardest thing on us." Most of us can probably recall a time when our backs ached or our heads pounded after a tough day at the office, but sometimes the cause of the pain isn't so obvious. Below you'll find some of the most common sitting-related ailments and Conway's tips on how to protect yourself, stat. If your low back or hips...
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Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record. Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until about 90 million years ago--descended from similar reptiles that lived on land. But there was no fossil showing a transitional creature adapted for life on land as well as in water. "But now we have this fossil showing the transition," Dr. Ryosuke Motani, a professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the international team of scientists who made the discovery, said in a written statement. "There's nothing that prevents it from coming onto land." (Story continues below image.) Fossil remains show the amphibious ichthyosaur found in China. The animal had large flippers and flexible wrists, which enabled it to walk....
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In Praise Of The Wandering Mind - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind
With smartphones as a constant companion, we rarely find ourselves out of touch. With television switched on for five hours per day in the average American household, breaking news follows us around at home. Friends will also send us links to must-see YouTube videos of a skateboarding dog or a sneezing panda. On-board communication systems patch phone calls through, interrupting us even while we’re behind the wheel. I’m not the first to call this avalanche an “information overload,” nor the first to feel bombarded.
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Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government. At least one strike hit a compound belonging to Ahrar al-Sham in the town of Babsalqa in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to local activist Ahmad Kaddour and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Ahrar al-Sham is a rebel group that follows an extremely conservative interpretation of Islam. One of its founders was a senior al-Qaida operative known as...
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If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas
In an attempt to soothe the worries of non-Republicans, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow opened her show Wednesday night by listing as many small Democratic victories from the midterm elections as she could think of. Some of those victories include states that voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, rejecting anti-abortion laws and providing paid sick leave. But when Maddow ran out of "silver linings," as she called them, there was only one thing left she could do: Feeling better?
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Dansazania Project Turns Dance Studio Into Safe Haven For South African Kids - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Dansazania Project Turns Dance Studio Into Safe Haven For South African Kids
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The children's eyes dart from their reflections in the mirrored wall to the dance instructor as they try to imitate her straight posture from elbow to knee. Some of the budding dancers wear tutus and soft leather shoes while others make do with leggings and frayed sneakers. The Dansazania project brings together children from Johannesburg's leafy suburbs, gritty inner city and once segregated townships to learn ballet, hip-hop and tap, whether or not they can pay, says instructor Cinda Eatock. "All she sees is the creativity and all she takes from the children is the willingness to want to do it," said Patricia Eatock, a social worker and the instructor's mother. The worn wooden floors of the dance studio have become a haven for troubled children and Eatock is alternatively stern and encouraging to the children aged between five and 18. Eatock teaches about 80 students in 10 classes per week. She says many of her students are helped by the discipline and creativity...
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Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, casting doubt over Beijing's efforts to end the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa. China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report. It said Chinese-led criminal gangs conspired with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, some of which was loaded in diplomatic bags on Xi's plane during a presidential visit in March 2013. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the report. Spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily briefing that China has "consistently" opposed poaching and has sought to crack down...
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Jenny Florence: Building Confidence and Self-Esteem - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-f...
Jenny Florence:  Building Confidence and Self-Esteem
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Facebook Adds Donation Button To Fight Ebola - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Facebook Adds Donation Button To Fight Ebola
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease. The social media company is also deploying 100 satellite communication terminals to boost Internet and phone services to affected areas in West Africa, where the disease has killed nearly 5,000. The programs come on the heels of a $25 million donation last month by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toward the Ebola response. Facebook Inc. says that, over the coming week, its users will see an option to donate to three nonprofits fighting Ebola. The groups are the International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children. Facebook says it chose charities that work directly on the ground and are able to accept money globally. In addition, the Menlo Park, California, is donating...
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ICC Will Not Prosecute Possible War Crimes In Israel Flotilla Raid - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
ICC Will Not Prosecute Possible War Crimes In Israel Flotilla Raid
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren't grave enough to merit a prosecution at the International Criminal Court, the court's prosecutor said Thursday. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. "Following a thorough legal and factual analysis of the information available, I have concluded that there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court were committed on one of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara, when Israeli Defense Forces intercepted the 'Gaza Freedom Flotilla' on 31 May 2010," Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement. But Bensouda said that any cases relating to the storming "would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC." "Without in...
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