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  • Breivik (AP)The New York Times noted today that accused Norway murderer Anders Behring Breivik cited the work of anti-Jihad activist Robert Spencer 64 times in his 1,500 page manifesto, which also included a large portion of the Unabomber's writing. Now, Spencer and several other people who crusade against extreme forms of Islam are pushing back, and arguing the media is unfairly focusing on Breivik's citations.

    "If I was indeed an inspiration for his work, I feel the way the Beatles must have felt when they learned that Charles Manson had committed murder after being inspired by messages he thought he heard in their song lyrics," Spencer wrote on his blog, referring to the so-called White Album by the Fab Four, which featured the song "Helter Skelter." "There were no such messages. Nor is there, for any sane person, any inspiration for harming anyone in my work, which has been consistently dedicated to defending human rights for all people."

    Meanwhile, Pamela Geller, who runs the popular "Atlas Shrugs" blog and partnered with Spencer in a campaign against the proposed Park51 Islamic community center near Ground Zero, told The Daily Caller that she thinks she is has been unfairly associated with Breivik because her work is mentioned once in the manifesto. That linkage is "ridiculous," Geller said.

    In past writings, Geller has said that she "does not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam," and wrote that "there really is no difference between muslims and radical muslims." Both Geller and Spencer paid for bus ads encouraging Muslims to leave "the falsity of Islam."

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  • Marcel Gleffe, who led many teens to safety in Norwegian massacre (AP/Ulrich Kraetzer/dapd)

    In the wake of last week's devastating shooting attack on the Norwegian island of Utøya, several tales of individual heroism and survival are now starting to emerge.

    One 32-year-old roofer from Germany, for example, sped on his boat to the island, and helped guide many young people who had tried to swim away from the massacre back safely to shore.

    "I just did it on instinct," Marcel Gleffe told The Telegraph. "You don't get scared in a situation like that, you just do what it takes. I know the difference between fireworks and gunfire. I knew what it was about, and that it wasn't just nonsense."

    Gleffe was camping with his parents on the mainland directly across from Utøya. The three were discussing the recent bombing in Oslo when Gleffe heard some shots and then saw a teenager swimming to shore, yelling "help," he told Der Spiegel. He immediately realized that the shooting he heard was connected to the Oslo bombing, and he jumped in a small boat his family had rented for the trip and began speeding to the island.

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  • Nelson (Today Show)A Marietta, Ga., mom who was convicted of jaywalking after her 4-year-old son was run over and killed in a hit-and-run said on the Today Show that the worst part of going to jail would be the separation from her two remaining kids.

    Raquel Nelson was convicted of homicide by vehicle and reckless conduct by a jury and faces sentencing tomorrow. She can receive up to a three-year jail sentence, six times the stretch that Jerry Guy--who admitted to drinking before running over Nelson's son, A.J.--served.

    "I think to come after me so much harder than they did him is a slap in the face because this will never end for me," she said. "It's three years away from the two that I have left."

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  • Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims
    Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims

    PARIS (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, according to Russian investigators.

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
    Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.

  • Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were on their way to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamist militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...

  • Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect
    Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect

    SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains.

  • Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland
    Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear.

  • Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday. Swedish forces have been scouring the sea off Stockholm since Friday, after what the military called three credible reports of activity by foreign submarines or divers using an underwater vehicle. The vessels were unidentified, but during the 1980s the Swedish navy from time to time hunted suspected Soviet submarines in its waters. ...

  • No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries. ...

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