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- Ferguson shooting protests move to St. Louis
- COUPLE WEIGHS RECONCILIATION FIVE YEARS AFTER VIOLENT SPLIT
DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered. The next four years were a series of court visits for custody of our child and eventually a divorce. Last year, his mother began requesting visits with our son. I was happy about it because I have tried to be accommodating to my ex and his family regarding our son. Finally, late last year, I called my ex to ask if we could sit down and discuss our son (something we had never done). ...
- A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip
Lisset Rendon, 23, was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile's jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “They started swimming and apparently at some point they came face-to-face with a nine-foot crocodile,” Pino said. Though Florida is well known for incidents involving its large alligator population, American crocodiles number less than 2,000 and live mostly in the southeastern region near the Everglades. Another couple in an unconfirmed 2011 attack claimed a crocodile flipped their kayak as they paddled through the Florida Keys.
- Scotland posts independence ballots after debate clash
Scotland's first postal ballots for a referendum on independence headed to voters on Tuesday after the leader of the campaign to break away from Britain scored victory in a final TV debate. One-sixth of the Scottish electorate -- some 700,000 people -- could receive their polling papers as early as Wednesday, and begin answering the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" British politicians have promised Scotland will be given greater autonomy -- in particular with increased taxation powers for its government -- even if the "No" camp wins. The independence campaign has lagged in the polls despite recent advances, and was hoping for a boost from Monday's strong debate performance by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
- India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years
Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said. The 60-year-old woman became pregnant at the age of 24 but suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been growing outside of her uterus, the doctor told AFP on Monday. The woman, from a poor rural area of central India, was "terrified" of having surgery at the time to remove the remains of the foetus, and instead sought medication for the pain at a local clinic. Although the pain gradually subsided, it returned years later, forcing the woman to seek medical help in a city hospital, Murtaza Akhtar said.
- Billy Crystal on Robin Williams: "What a concept"
- Anti-UAW workers seek to form union at Volkswagen plant
By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are attempting to form a union that will include hourly and salaried workers as a counter to the United Auto Workers Local 42 established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said on Tuesday. Mike Burton, who helped anti-UAW workers defeat the UAW's effort to represent VW Chattanooga hourly workers six months ago, told Reuters he hopes the new union will force VW to hold another vote to determine which one is favored by hourly employees. Burton said the proposed union local at Chattanooga will be the first chapter of what will be called the American Council of Employees.
- Don't Get Your Hopes Up About Megyn Kelly Just Yet
Last night, during a segment with Bill O'Reilly on white privilege and Ferguson, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly shocked the internet when she pointed to a lot of evidence that white privilege exists, listing several statistics on racial disparities in unemployment, arrests rates, and experiences with police brutality. By several accounts, O'Reilly got schooled. And yet, in that same segment Kelly alluded to her own history of awarding racial fear mongering air time. O'Reilly set the bar pretty low on nuanced discussion of black poverty — he argued that since the Asian community is "not a troubled situation" even though they have "language to overcome," it all comes down to "family, culture, personal responsibility," not white privilege. Kelly's surprising argument was a rare change from the typical Fox News monologue.