Regional News

Court rules ´Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf´ cartoon to blame after kids burned

December 19, 2013 5:40 am

A Chinese court has ruled that the producer of a hit kids cartoon was partly to blame for the injuries suffered by two children when their friend tied them to a tree and set them on fire in an imitation of a scene from the show, state media reported. Two brothers aged 7 and 4 […]

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Europe Rallies on Fed

December 19, 2013 5:35 am

Christmas comes early to the German stock exchange. With a strong rally in European shares on the U.S Federal Reserve's announcement of a ten billion dollar per month cut or 'tapering' in its bond buying programme. Traders like Robert Halver of Baader Bank says markets here are following on from record highs on the Dow […]

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Putin Says Envies Snowden

December 19, 2013 5:35 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (December 19) said he has not met with former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to whom Russia granted political asylum this year but that he envied him. At a packed annual news conference in Moscow, Putin said he did not personally know Snowden.

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Vehicle crash starts 2-alarm blaze at Oakland gas station

December 19, 2013 5:29 am

A vehicle crash by a suspected DUI driver ignited a two-alarm blaze at a gas station in East Oakland Thursday morning that triggered an evacuation for dozens of area residents, according to a fire dispatcher. At about 2:20 a.m., emergency medical crews and firefighters responded to a vehicle crash at a 76 gas station located […]

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Man, Seeing-Eye Dog Duck Under Oncoming Subway Train

December 19, 2013 5:06 am

Witnesses say the man's guide dog wouldn't leave his side even as the train passed over the two. One rescuer called it a miracle both survived.

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Aluminum Christmas Trees Back in Vogue

December 19, 2013 5:06 am

Evergleam aluminum trees are in high demand, despite not being produced since the 1970s. Some are fetching over $1,000 on eBay. (Dec. 19)

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It´s a Wonderful Town: Movie Comes Alive in NY

December 19, 2013 5:05 am

Locals in Seneca Falls, New York celebrate the Frank Capra movie "It's a Wonderful Life" every December, complete with actors dressed as George Bailey, Clarence the Angel and mean old Mr. Potter. (Dec. 19)

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Woman appeals rabbinical ruling she must circumcise son

December 19, 2013 4:42 am

An Israeli woman appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday against a rabbinical ruling that ordered her to circumcise her one-year-old son, the Justice Ministry said, in the first case of its kind. There is no law in Israel making circumcision obligatory for Jews, but a rabbinical court that was presiding over the woman’s divorce […]

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Urine detection system installed in Atlanta transit station elevator

December 19, 2013 4:31 am

The city of Atlanta is looking to clean up the image, and the odor,  of its transit system. Many of its elevators have doubled as restrooms and smell like it. That’s about to change with first-of-its-kind technology which catches “offenders” literally — with their pants down. “The smell hits you so bad. You hold your […]

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Raw: Three Killed in Florida Head-On

December 19, 2013 4:25 am

Three people, including a 5-year-old, have been killed in a head on collision in Florida. Officials say one car lost control, crossed the median and hit another car going in the other direction. (Dec. 19)

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