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  • China rebuts Dalai Lama’s alleged poison plot

    After the Dalai Lama accused China of trying to poison him, the Chinese government rebutted his claims and said that if it wanted the Tibetan spiritual leader dead, it could have done so without waiting until he was 76 years old.

    The Dalai Lama at a news conference in April 2012. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

    The Dalai Lama told the Sunday Telegraph that he believed the Chinese government had trained women to put poison in their hair and scarves for him to touch when he blessed them. The newspaper said that he and his aides have not been able to confirm the plots.

    It's common practice for the Dalai Lama to place his hands on devotees heads when he blesses them, reported the Associated Press. He's usually surrounded by crowds of followers when he travels outside of the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, where he lives.

    The Global Times, an English-language, state-owned Chinese newspaper, criticized the Dalai's claims, blaming his age and said his claim had no credibility.

    Why did the Dalai Lama decide to openly speak of this unconfirmed information? He spread the

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  • A reporter who was fired because of her second job as a stripper has filed a complaint against her former newspaper employer, alleging sex discrimination.

    Sarah Tressler, 30, was working as a society and general assignment reporter for the Houston Chronicle and was writing an anonymous blog entitled "Diary of an Angry Stripper" when another publication, the Houston Press, revealed her part-time profession, according to Reuters.

    She said the major market newspaper fired her "because of a claim that I did not disclose on my employment application that I worked as an exotic dancer."

    "I feel that women should not be denied other employment because they have worked as exotic dancers," Tressler said.

    The newspaper responded to an ABC News report that it had not yet seen the complaint and could not comment.

    Tressler has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and filed a charge of gender discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Allred said Tressler was dancing at

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    A shooting range target of a person in a hoodie with cross hairs on the chest, a bag of Skittles tucked in a pocket and a hand holding a can resembling iced tea was pulled from an online sales site, a Florida TV news station reports, but not before raising concerns of its connection with teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

    Martin was wearing a hoodie and had just purchased Skittles and iced tea when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, according to police reports.

    Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges. He initially told investigators he shot Martin in self-defense.

    WKMG Local 6's story said in an email exchange with reporter Mike DeForest that the unidentified seller wrote, "My main motivation was to make money off the controversy." The seller did not disclose how many paper targets were made, but said in an email, "The response is overwhelming. I sold out in 2 days."

    Some of those targets were sold to two Florida gun dealers, according to the seller.

    According to an advertisement for the targets posted on a popular firearms auction website, the sellers stated they "support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug,"  the television station reported.

    After being informed the station was investigating his online business, the seller said the targets would no longer be sold.

    "This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility,"  Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said in the news piece. "It's this type of hatred—that's what this is, it's hate-mongering—that's going to make it more difficult to try this case."

    The attorney is also concerned the targets will further inflame the community.

    The news channel said it reached out to Martin's family but did not get a comment.

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  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

    LONDON (Reuters) - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former Chilean football federation president, was chairman of a FIFA group tasked with assessing the strength and feasibility of the various bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. ...

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