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Search continues for Zombicon shooter in Florida

Written by Les Neuhaus
Reuters
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 05:16

Police were searching Monday for a man who opened fire at a Florida weekend event celebrating zombie pop culture, killing one person, injuring six others and sending thousands of attendees scrambling for cover, according to a police spokesman.

A dog’s life: Bred for the laboratory

Written by JEFF SCHWEERS
The Gainesville Sun
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:43

Life in a laboratory is the only life Colin has ever known.

The tan-and-white Maltese-beagle mix has lived in the University of Florida’s kennels since he was 2 months old. Colin has had all his teeth removed, gotten into fights with other dogs, suffered from anxiety and has been forced to wear a specially designed shirt for months at a time to help with the stress of living in enclosed, cramped quarters.

Hundreds rally against Confederate sign on Mississippi flag

Written by Emily Wagster Pettus,
AP writer
Monday, 12 October 2015 17:52

Civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, Mississippi-born rapper David Banner and a prominent South Carolina lawmaker are calling on Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag.

No charges against farm workers shown abusing hogs

Written by The AP Monday, 12 October 2015 07:31

A prosecutor said that he has decided against charging any employees of a Minnesota hog farm who were recorded on a graphic undercover video treating animals in a way that their own employer called "disturbing."

Los Angeles-based Last Chance for Animals released video in August that it shot at a Christensen Farms breeding facility in the southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne. At the time, the company, one of the country's largest pork producers, said it had suspended seven employees and launched a full internal investigation. CEO Glenn Stolt said in a statement that it was "unacceptable that this behavior was allowed to continue, and was not brought to our attention immediately."

Rush to book ‘The Force Awakens’ tickets crashes online site

Written by Piya Sinha-Roy
Reuters Media Express
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 05:06

"Star Wars" fans were given the longest look yet at the upcoming "The Force Awakens" film on Oct. 19, in an action-packed trailer which became the top trending topic on Twitter and sparked a rush of bookings which crashed a U.S. online ticket seller.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer, which debuted during halftime of ESPN's National Football League game, quickly attracted more than 17,000 tweets per minute, according to Twitter. It was viewed on YouTube more than 220,000 times within the first 20 minutes.

Odom tragedy lays bare Nevada’s brothel industry

Written by Kimberly Pierceall,
AP writer
Friday, 16 October 2015 20:34

When former NBA player and reality-TV star Lamar Odom was found unconscious in Nevada, the hardest part of the story for some people to wrap their heads around was this: He was in a brothel. A legal brothel.

Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.

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Operation Rescue's Troy Newman

The head of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue is boasting that his organization and the Center for Medical Progress are “taking down” Planned Parenthood on a $120,000 budget. But his extremism is not highly regarded in Australia, which detained and deported him when he showed up there to make a series of inflammatory anti-choice speeches.

Toyota driven to eliminate gasoline cars by 2050

Written by The AP Monday, 19 October 2015 11:38
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Toyota aims to eliminate gasoline-powered cars by 2050.
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Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.

Artist rendering U.S.-Mexico border fence ‘invisible’

Written by VALERIA FERNANDEZ
Associated Press
Thursday, 15 October 2015 07:44

Armed with sky-blue paint, artist Ana Teresa Fernandez began to “erase” the border fence that splits up Mexico and the U.S. near Nogales, Mexico.

Fernandez, who was born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, is leading an effort to paint the border fence in Nogales, Sonora, so blue that it blends with the sky, rendering it nearly invisible. Nogales sits on the border with Nogales, Arizona.

Condo owners in Panama fell for the Trump brand and suffered the consequences that often follow

Written by Jeff Horwitz,
AP writer
Monday, 12 October 2015 08:16

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The directors of the Trump Ocean Club met July 28 on urgent business. They needed to fire Donald Trump.

Sanders, Pocan introduce Workplace Democracy Act to make it easier for workers to join unions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:30

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, on Oct. 7 introduced legislation that would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.