Thursday, January 29, 2015

Suitcase of body parts found near Twitter HQ - USA TODAY | 1 dead, 5 injured as blaze engulfs building in San Francisco - Fox News

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1 dead, 5 injured as blaze engulfs building in San Francisco - Fox News 
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1 dead, 5 injured as blaze engulfs building in San Francisco - Fox News
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Jan. 28, 2015: San Francisco Fire Department members fight a four-alarm fire at 22nd and Mission Street in San Francisco, Calif., (AP)
A massive four-alarm fire in San Francisco at a residential building has left one dead and six others injured, fire officials say.
A man was pronounced dead at the scene as a blaze engulfed a building in the city's Mission District Wednesday night. Four people were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with smoke inhalation and burns, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Firefighters rescued 12 people from the burning building, including six people struck on a fire escape. Others were rescued after hiding from the flames and the smoke in interior stairwells, the paper reports.
The smoke started at around 7 p.m. with more than 100 firefighters responding to the call. The smoke could be seen for miles.
A neighbor told The Associated Press that families live on the third floor of the building, while offices occupy the second floor. The ground floor houses restaurants, including a Popeye's.
The Associated Press contributed to this report

Suitcase of body parts found near Twitter HQ - USA TODAY

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Suitcase of body parts found near Twitter HQ
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SAN FRANCISCO — Police responding to reports of a suspicious package in an up-and-coming area here Wednesday afternoon instead found something horrific — a suitcase containing human body parts. The body was so mutilated that officers had to call ...
Mutilated Body Found In Suitcase On Busy San Francisco SidewalkCBS Local
San Francisco police find suitcase filled with dismembered body partsFox News
Dismembered human body parts in suitcase, on streets in San FranciscoLos Angeles Times
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Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy killing soldiers - Tehran Times

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Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy killing soldiers
Tehran Times
Hezbollah fighters attacked an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday in the occupied Shebaa Farms, in south Lebanon, killing at least four soldiers, in retaliation for Israel's recent airstrike in the Golan Heights. A UN Spanish peacekeeper was also killed by ...

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Europe’s Anti-Business Stance

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The debate over stimulus vs. austerity misses the point.

The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists 

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Scientists at a French research institute say the Ebola virus has mutated and they are studying whether it may have become more contagious.
Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are analyzing hundreds of blood samples from Guinean Ebola patients in an effort to determine if the new variation poses a higher risk of transmission, according to the BBC.
“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said human geneticist Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai. “These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”
Although virus mutations are common, researchers are concerned that Ebola could eventually morph into an airborne disease if given enough time.
However, there is no evidence to suggest this has happened yet, and the virus is still spread only via direct contact with an infected person.
Institut Pasteur, which first pinpointed the current Ebola outbreak last March, is hoping that two vaccines they are developing will reach human trials by the end of the year.
Current figures indicate 8,795 of some 22,000 cases across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — around 40% — have been fatal.
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Raul Castro warns United States against meddling in Cuba's affairs - Daily News & Analysis

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Raul Castro warns United States against meddling in Cuba's affairs
Daily News & Analysis
Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States in its internal affairs, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless". His comments came after US Assistant ...

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Yuan Is World's Fifth Payments Currency - Wall Street Journal

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Yuan Is World's Fifth Payments Currency
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“The rise of various offshore RMB clearing centers around the world, including eight new agreements signed with the People's Bank of China in 2014, was an important driver fueling this growth,” said Wim Raymaekers, head of banking markets for Swift.

China's yuan breaks into the world's top five as payment currency - SWIFTReuters
China's yuan now the world's 5th biggest payment currency - SWIFTSouth China Morning Post (subscription)

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Greece misinterpreted over Russia sanctions: minister

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected suggestions that complaints from Athens over a European Union statement on Ukraine meant it was preparing to veto sanctions against Russia.
  

German Jobless Hits Lowest Rate Since 1990

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German unemployment fell to its lowest rate since reunification in 1990, suggesting Europe’s largest economy is well placed to benefit from lower oil prices and reduced interest rates.

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law....

Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs - Reuters

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Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans ...
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 to rally Democrats in Philly to kill sequester in budgetCNN 

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Ukraine says five serviceman killed, 29 wounded in past 24 hours

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KIEV (Reuters) - Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 29 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Thursday.







  

Inmate Gives Rare Glimpse Of Life On Death Row

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Richard Glossip, whose execution was put on hold at the last minute, tells Sky News how he gets through his days on death row.

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Sexual assaults in prisons in England and Wales on the rise, figures reveal 

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Ministry of Justice statistics show 170 cases reported in 2013 – the highest in 10 years – while violent attacks also rose
A bleak picture of a rising tide of sexual assaults and violent attacks inside prisons across England and Wales has been revealed by the latest Ministry of Justice figures.
The first separately published figures for sexual assaults in prisons show that there were 170 cases reported in 2013 – an increase of more than 50% on the 113 reported the previous year and the highest recorded level for at least 10 years.
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Rome Jewish leader trapped in Auschwitz and questioned by police 

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Riccardo Pacifici speaks of shock at finding himself and television crew locked in and then ‘farce’ as they are held by police
The top Jewish leader in Rome, some of whose family members died in Auschwitz, has spoken of his shock at being trapped in the visitors’ centre of the Nazi death camp on Holocaust Memorial Day and then being questioned by Polish police.
Riccardo Pacifici and a television crew had been filming until 11pm for a piece to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation when they realised that the guards who were meant to let them out had not arrived and that the camp had closed.
Siamo stati sequestrati da un ora dalla polizia polacca dentro Auschwitz dopo trasmissione di Matrix. Una vergogna
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US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies 

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U.S. physicist Charles Townes, whose research on controlling electromagnetic waves led to the development of the laser, died Tuesday at the age of 99 in California. Townes first conceived of the idea in 1951 while a working as a researcher at New York's Columbia University. Three years later, he and a team of graduate students developed the first device that operated on this theory. Since then, lasers have been utilized in virtually every aspect of every day life -- from...

Human Body Parts Found In Suitcase On Street

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By Sky News US Team
San Francisco police have found human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the pavement of a downtown street.
The suitcase was found within blocks of social media company Twitter Inc's headquarters, police said.
Officers closed off blocks around the package on Wednesday afternoon - only to find more remains as they searched the area.
Human remains found in San Francisco suitcase
Police are looking for a person of interest
The city medical examiner confirmed that the remains were human, but could not determine whether they belonged to one person or multiple victims.
Police are seeking a person of interest in the case, but declined to release information on the suspect amid a pending investigation.
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Human Body Parts Found In Suitcase On Street

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After the suitcase was discovered, police closed off blocks around it - only to find more remains as they search the area.


North Korea Sought Talks and Attached a Hefty Price Tag, South’s Ex-Leader Says 

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In a new memoir, Lee Myung-bak, the South’s president from 2008 to 2013, writes that Kim Jong-il pressed hard for a meeting but demanded, among other things, $10 billion in cash.
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Castro Demands U.S. Hand Back Guantanamo Bay and End Trade Embargo 

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Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base before full diplomatic relations between the countries can be restored.
Castro also asked for a complete lifting of the decades-old trade embargo and for compensation for its effects, saying that without these changes the recent diplomatic thaw “wouldn’t make any sense.”

In violent Venezuela, police killings surge to almost one a day

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CARACAS (Reuters) - After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike.
  

Malaysia Declares Loss of Flight 370 in March an Accident

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The decision cleared the way for the next of kin of those who disappeared to receive compensation, but it did nothing to clear up what happened.

Ukraine Hires Lazard to Assist With Debt Restructuring

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Ukraine has hired investment bank Lazard to assist in negotiations with foreign creditors over restructuring as much as $20 billion of Eurobond debt as the war-torn country’s finances deteriorate.

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation - Chronicle-Telegram

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Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
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Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country ...

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Now on Death Row, Fort Hood Gunman Hasan to Appear in Court - ABC News

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Now on Death Row, Fort Hood Gunman Hasan to Appear in Court
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An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court. Nidal Hasan is scheduled to attend a hearing Thursday at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is being held on military death row. Army officials ...

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Tiny abandoned puppy becomes best friends with dog 120 times his size 

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Digby the tiny abandoned Chihuahua is now best pals with a Neapolitan Mastiff, 120 times bigger than him. Report by Claire Lomas.
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Mutating Ebola Could Become More Contagious

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Scientists say the genetic code of the virus has substantially changed - and will most likely lead to it becoming airborne.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Warns of New Violence

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The violence in Ukraine risks spiraling further, the country’s foreign minister said Thursday, as European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels appeared unlikely to impose broad new sanctions on Russia.

Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital - Washington Post

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Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital
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SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces. They say the Republican Guard camp captured Thursday was used by American ...
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Yemen's Houthi rebels kidnap student protestorsAl-Arabiya

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Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation - Daily News - Galveston County

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Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
Daily News - Galveston County
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced ...

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Azerbaijan says it shot down Armenian drone: Yereven denies report

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BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said on Thursday it had shot down an Armenian drone near the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, a report dismissed by Armenia as "absurd".
  
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Senators to introduce legislation to end US travel restrictions to Cuba 

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Eight Republicans and Democratic senators to make first effort in Congress toward ending the US embargo since Obama moved to normalise relations
Eight Republican and Democratic US senators will introduce legislation on Thursday to end restrictions on US citizens’ travel to Cuba, the first effort in Congress toward ending the US embargo since President Barack Obama moved to normalize relations last month.
The bill would end legal restrictions on travel to the island by US citizens and legal residents, according to a statement about the senators’ plans.
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Hezbollah Seeks to Calm Tensions With Israel

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Israeli defense minister said that the Lebanese group has sent a message saying that it doesn’t want to escalate hostilities, despite the outbreak of the worst border violence in nearly a decade.

Ebola has mutated: Scientists - Times of India

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Ebola has mutated: Scientists
Times of India
LONDON: Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak have confirmed that the deadly virus has mutated. The team however are yet to confirm whether the virus has become more virulent or contagious. Viruses are notorious for changing form making it difficult to ...
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WHO: New Ebola cases drop to lowest level in 7 monthsCNN
With Ebola on the ropes, health officials hoping to knockout diseaseChicago Tribune
USA TODAY -The Guardian -BBC News
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To end violence against trans people, the police must stop perpetuating it 

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Transgender women, especially women of color, face physical risks so routine that we barely hear about them. Erasure of their identities is more routine still
Three transgender women of color have been murdered in America less than one month into this new year: Lamia Beard in Virginia, Ty Underwood in Texas, and Goddess Edwards in Kentucky. Their names join the list of more than 200 trans people worldwide who were murdered last year, according to statistics compiled by Transgender Europe – and that’s only counting cases that were reported to the police and in which the victim’s gender identity was known. The real number is certainly higher.
Like the ticking hand on a clock, violence against trans women (especially women of color) is so routine we barely hear it, except in those few and far between spaces, primarily online, where trans people have created room to discuss these issues safely amongst themselves. What infuriates me most about the wider world’s reaction to these murders is the erasure and transphobia that characterizes what little discussion even occurs outside those few safe enclaves.
Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.
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