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  • Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account
    Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account

    The local story has made national headlines after readers across the country protested the official response to the Twitter parody account.

  • Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'
    Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'

    Veteran actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticized her appearance at the Academy Awards last month. The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo," said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey. "However, I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room," she added in the posting: "Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn’t stand up to the bullies.

  • 5 Erupting Volcanoes Seen from Space (Photo)
    5 Erupting Volcanoes Seen from Space (Photo)

    There are 40 active volcanoes on Russia's icy Kamchatka Peninsula. The five volcanoes are all cone-shaped stratovolcanos: Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen and Karymsky. The Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) reported that between March 28 and April 4, Shiveluch's lava dome began to swell like toothpaste squeezing out of a tube. This extrusion brought with it ash explosions and hot avalanches, among other tectonic activity.

  • Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days

    By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian search officials said a crucial series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor could be completed within a week. The air, surface and underwater search is now focused on footage taken by a U.S. Navy deep sea drone, which has narrowed its target range to a tight 10-km (6.2-mile) circle of sea floor. The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has spent the past week scouring the remote and largely unmapped stretch of ocean floor some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) northwest of the Australian city of Perth for signs of the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. The remote controlled submarine is now in its eighth deep sea mission with no sign of wreckage so far.

  • Mega-raid nets 100 suspects and 85 weapons in Argentina
    Mega-raid nets 100 suspects and 85 weapons in Argentina

    Around 100 suspects were arrested and 85 weapons seized when police conducted dozens of simultaneous raids in Buenos Aires province, Argentine authorities said Saturday. The police operations Saturday also netted a reported 12 cars and 29 motorcycles, police body armor and drugs, as well as shotguns matching the type carried by Argentine security forces. Buenos Aires Province Governor Daniel Scioli, an ally of President Cristina Kirchner with aspirations to the presidency, on April 5 decreed the state of emergency in the province that is home to 40 percent of Argentina's 40 million people.

  • Caught in the Act: Workers Collect Thousands in False Injury Claims
    Caught in the Act: Workers Collect Thousands in False Injury Claims

    Ex-Cop Vincent Lamantia allegedly lied about suffering from post-9/11 trauma.

  • Russia says U.S. treating it like 'guilty schoolboy' over Ukraine
    Russia says U.S. treating it like 'guilty schoolboy' over Ukraine

    The Kremlin on Friday described as unacceptable a U.S. threat to impose sanctions if Russia fails to fulfil its side of an international deal on Ukraine, accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy". President Barack Obama said Thursday's deal in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine and Western powers to reduce tensions in the Russian-speaking east of Ukraine was promising but that Washington and its allies were prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. "Statements like those made at a high level in Washington that the United States will follow in detail how Russia fulfils its obligations ... are unlikely to help dialogue," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.

  • Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef
    Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef

    If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.

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