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The Secret Life of L.A.’s Wildlife in Pictures – LA Magazine (blog)

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Login / Register OR No Account? Register here. CityThink National Geographic photographer Steve Winter recalls his 15-month experience trying to snap the perfect picture of P22 April 1, 2015 Marielle Wakim Animals Add a comment One week ago, National Geographic photographer Steve Winter posted a picture of L.A.’s elusive cougar, P22, to his Instagram account. The photo was taken while Winter was on assignment for the magazine’s 2013 feature on…

Traced by a selfie: Aussie tourist who lost camera in Antarctica gets it back – 9news.com.au

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A selfie and a Good Samaritan – that’s all it took for a white-coloured camera lost in Antarctica to be returned to its owner. Sydney photographer Hulia Boz lost her camera, packed with memories, on an iceberg during an expedition in December last year. During her trip, the 34-year-old and her tour group decided to record a Christmas message for the Ellen DeGeneres show on the Canon camera. …

Arkansas Governor Says He Won’t Sign ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Until Changes … – Huffington Post

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Wednesday he would not yet sign a controversial religious freedom act into law, requesting that the state legislature make changes to the bill in the wake of criticism that the legislation could be used to facilitate discrimination against LGBT citizens and other groups. Hutchinson said at a press conference that he was seeking changes to make Arkansas’ legislation mirror the federal…

Everybody’s Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom – Daily Beast

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

You want to know the weirdest thing about the fight over Indiana’s state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? It’s totally at odds with the origins of that first federal law. Indiana’s law is being championed by religious conservatives and opposed by secular liberals. In an intense press conference on Tuesday, embattled Republican Gov. Mike Pence declared, “I believe religious liberty is our first freedom.” But the…

Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law this week – Reuters

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he will “correct” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny services to same-sex couples. Pence, a Republican, said the law he signed last week had been widely misconstrued and mischaracterized, but he said he was calling on the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to send a new law to his…

Reports: Video found in wreckage shows Germanwings flight’s final seconds – CNN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dusseldorf, Germany (CNN)Video found in the wreckage on a French mountainside shows the nightmarish final seconds of Germanwings Flight 9525, reports said Tuesday. Taken on a cell phone, the video “was so chaotic that it was hard to identify people, but the sounds of the screaming passengers made it perfectly clear that they were aware of what was about to happen to them,” according to the French magazine Paris Match,…

Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked Their ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Is Seen As Anti-Gay – Huffington Post

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Republican leaders said they were shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard by the backlash to their new “religious freedom” law, telling reporters Monday that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay. “I don’t think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be, this denies to services to a specific class to Hoosiers. It does just the opposite. It includes all Hoosiers in the…

Who Will Come To Tsarnaev’s Defense? ‘They Got Nothing,’ Expert Says – Huffington Post

Monday, March 30, 2015

An image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at an ATM on April 18, 2013, where he withdrew cash from the account of a man allegedly held hostage by Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan. Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial saw photos of severed limbs and video showing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev standing behind children near the site of an explosion at the race. During almost four weeks of prosecution testimony, the jury…

Iran expands regional ’empire’ ahead of nuclear deal – Daily Times

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BEIRUT: With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen. The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian and Shi’ite “empire”…

Pence: Indiana law on religious freedom ‘not about discrimination … not going to … – Fox News

Sunday, March 29, 2015

File: Nov. 29, 2010: Then-Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., at the Detroit Economic Club in Birmingham, Mich. (AP) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Sunday that a new state law that attempts to protect long-standing religious freedoms “is not about discrimination” and that he and other state lawmakers do not intend to change the legislation. Pence, a Republican, said the legislation that he signed last week prohibits Indiana laws that “substantially burden” a…

Amanda Knox: ‘Joy’ as murder conviction overturned – euronews

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Amanda Knox has spoken of her joy after Italy’s Supreme Court overturned her conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. In a surprise move, a five-judge panel threw out the second guilty verdict against the 27-year-old American and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. “I’m incredibly grateful for what has happened, for the justice I’ve received, for the support I’ve had from everyone: from my family; from…

Italy’s highest court acquits Amanda Knox of killing roommate – Fox News

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Italy’s highest court acquitted American Amanda Knox of murder Friday, ending her legal saga. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito — who was also acquitted Friday — had been convicted, acquitted, and convicted in three different trials over the 2007 murder of Knox’s flatmate Meredith Kercher in the Italian university town of Perugia. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of…

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee testifies he was intoxicated before killing – Fox News

Friday, March 27, 2015

In this March 6, 2015, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, listens during Hernandez’s murder trial in Fall River, Mass. (AP) FALL RIVER, Mass. –  The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Friday that he was intoxicated in the hours before the killing of her sister’s boyfriend. Shayanna Jenkins also told jurors that she found…

Harry Reid’s final surprise – Politico

Friday, March 27, 2015

I met Harry Reid almost 30 years ago. Most Popular Top Stories, Videos & Photos He was running for an open U.S. Senate seat. I was a wet-behind-the-ears political reporter. I couldn’t believe this guy—this charismatically challenged, hushed-spoken congressman—was the favorite to take the legendarily smooth Paul Laxalt’s place. How could he win? …

Germanwings co-pilot’s torn sick note, recent treatment at hospital provide clues … – Fox News

Friday, March 27, 2015

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz ripped up a doctor’s note excusing him from work on the day he crashed a crowded passenger plane into a mountain, according to prosecutors Friday, and was undergoing treatment at a German hospital where doctors last saw him two weeks before the crash. University Hospital Dusseldorf acknowledged treating Lubitz but dismissed as “incorrect” media reports that it was for depression. The facility refused to say what…

Germanwings co-pilot’s torn sick note, romantic breakup provide clues in crash … – Fox News

Friday, March 27, 2015

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz ripped up a doctor’s note excusing him from work on the day he crashed a crowded passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, while a German newspaper said the man may have just gone through a breakup with his girlfriend. Prosecutors in Germany reported Friday that Lubitz was being treated for a medical illness that he hid from his employer. Investigators found torn-up doctor’s notes,…

Andreas Lubitz, Germanwings Co-Pilot, Appeared ‘100 Percent Flightworthy … – New York Times

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Building explodes, erupts in flames in New York City’s East Village – Fox News

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An apartment building exploded and burst into flames in New York’s East Village on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, three of them critically, in what authorities said was a possible gas-related incident. Flames could be seen shooting out of the top of the five-story building at 2nd Ave. and 7th Street, which partially collapsed shortly after the explosion at 3:20 p.m. Items from a ground-floor sushi restaurant were…

Germanwings co-pilot wanted to ‘destroy the plane,’ locked pilot out of cockpit … – Fox News

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The co-pilot of Germanwings 9525 had sole control of the doomed flight that crashed into the French Alps early Tuesday and “wanted to destroy this plane,” a French prosecutor said Thursday. The cockpit voice recorder, recovered on Wednesday from the rugged terrain north of Nice, appeared to show the pilot locked out of the cockpit and knocking on the door, first politely, then frantically in the moments before the jet,…

Yemen’s conflict fuels calls for southern independence – Washington Post

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — The flag of once-independent South Yemen is visible everywhere around this port city, once the country’s capital. The banner — red, white, black and blue with a red star — is painted on walls, flown from homes, and flutters from the vehicles and checkpoints of militiamen in the streets. “We want freedom,” declares an English-language slogan spray-painted on a wall on a main road. Another proclaims: “The…