Archive for April, 2012

Van flips off expressway near Bronx Zoo, killing 7

Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

Police investigate the destroyed van that plunged over the Bronx River Parkway, Sunday April 29, 2012, in New York. Authorities say the out-of-control van plunged off a roadway near the Bronx Zoo, killing seven people, including three children. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)A van flew off an elevated portion of New York’s Bronx River Parkway Sunday afternoon, falling more than 50 feet before landing in a horrific crash that left seven people dead, multiple news outlets reported. The accident, near the Bronx Zoo, happened at about 12:30 p.m. local time, authorities said. It’s not clear what caused […]


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    With asterisk, WTC back on top in NYC

    Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

    With an asterisk, WTC is back on top in NYCOne World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday. Workers …


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      Is US protecting Chinese activist? Obama aide won’t say

      Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

      The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, front, arrives at a hotel in Beijing, China, in the early morning of Sunday, April 29, 2012. Campbell arrived in China apparently to deal with the case of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng who escaped house arrest in his Chinese village and is reportedly under the protection of American officials. Fellow activists say Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer who exposed forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China's one-child policy, fled house arrest a week ago and has sought protection at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an “appropriate balance” between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese activist on the eve of diplomatic talks between the two world powers.


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        China activists lifted by blind lawyer’s escape

        Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

        FILE- This file image made from video posted to YouTube April 27, 2012 by by overseas Chinese news site Boxun.com, shows blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell arrived early Sunday, April 29 in Beijing on a hastily arranged trip as problems from the escape of a blind legal activist to possible new arms sales to Taiwan threaten to derail fragile U.S.-China co-operation. His trip comes after activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest in his rural village (AP Photo/Boxun.com, File)The surprising escape of a blind legal activist from house arrest to the presumed custody of U.S. diplomats is buoying China’s embattled dissident community even as the government lashes out, detaining those who helped him and squelching mention of his name on the Internet.


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          Apartment blocks may host missiles for London Olympics

          Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

          People walk past gated residential flats in Bow, east London, where the Ministry of Defence have warned residents that surface-to-air missiles could be stationed on their rooftops during the London Olympics, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)Surface-to-air missiles could be stationed on the rooftops of an apartment block in east London as part of Britain’s air defenses for the Olympics, the country’s military confirmed Sunday.


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            Three dead, one missing in US-Mexico yacht race

            Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

            The Aegean was taking part in a race from Newport, California, to Ensenada, MexicoThree people were dead and one missing after a US sailboat taking part in a race apparently sank off the coast of Southern California, officials said.


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              Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for raid

              Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

              This is an undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. intelligence officials say. (AP Photo)A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil.


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                Captive British aid worker killed in Pakistan

                Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                Pakistani security officials stand next to covered body of British Red Cross worker Khalil Rasjed Dale at the site in Quetta, Pakistan on Sunday, April 29, 2012. The body of a British Red Cross worker held captive in Pakistan since January was found in an orchard Sunday, his throat slit and a note attached to his body saying he was killed because no ransom was paid, police said. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)The body of a British Red Cross worker held captive in Pakistan since January was found in an orchard Sunday, his throat slit and a note attached to his body saying he was killed because no ransom was paid, police said.


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                  Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties

                  Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                  FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama listens to former President Bill Clinton speak in the White House briefing room in Washington. Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between Obama and Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. For Obama, Clinton is a fundraising juggernaut, a powerful reminder to voters that a Democrat ran the White House the last time the economy was thriving. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work, especially in an election year.


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                    Russian activist detained for anti-Putin prayer

                    Apr 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                    An opposition activist was detained and beaten Sunday after he tried to enter Moscow’s landmark Christ the Savior Cathedral to pray to deliver Russia from Vladimir Putin.


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