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Did the Obamas Just Pay $4.25M For a Swank SoCal Spread?

The LA Times hears from local real estate agents (who “spoke on condition of anonymity”) that the First Family is in contract on a 8,200-square-foot contemporary mansion in the exclusive Rancho Mirage, Calif., neighborhood of Thunderbird Heights. The White…

Did the Obamas Just Pay $4.25M For a Swank SoCal Spread?

The LA Times hears from local real estate agents (who “spoke on condition of anonymity”) that the First Family is in contract on a 8,200-square-foot contemporary mansion in the exclusive Rancho Mirage, Calif., neighborhood of Thunderbird Heights. The White…

IGGY AZALEA: Meet The 24-Year-Old Aussie Rapper Who Is Taking Over The Summer

IGGY AZALEA: Meet The 24-Year-Old Aussie Rapper Who Is Taking Over The Summer

China ‘seals off’ town after man dies of bubonic plague

The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said. 

"The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month," CCTV added. CCTV said authorities are not allowing anyone to leave, although a previous report by the China Daily newspaper said "four quarantine sectors" had been set up in the city. Plague is categorised as a "Class A infectious disease" in China, a report by the official news agency Xinhua said, "the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases".

China ‘seals off’ town after man dies of bubonic plague

The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said.

"The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month," CCTV added. CCTV said authorities are not allowing anyone to leave, although a previous report by the China Daily newspaper said "four quarantine sectors" had been set up in the city. Plague is categorised as a "Class A infectious disease" in China, a report by the official news agency Xinhua said, "the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases".

Another week begins, another monstrously-priced estate in hyper-affluent Greenwich, Conn., hits the market. The onetime manor of late businesswoman and “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley just hit the market for $65M. It’s been four years since Helmsley’s estate last…

Another week begins, another monstrously-priced estate in hyper-affluent Greenwich, Conn., hits the market. The onetime manor of late businesswoman and “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley just hit the market for $65M. It’s been four years since Helmsley’s estate last…

Selena Gomez Turns 22 With Bikini-Filled Girls Trip With Cara Delevingne

Selena Gomez Turns 22 With Bikini-Filled Girls Trip With Cara Delevingne

Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn’t mean Lourdes isn’t your typical American teenager—well, sort of. In a recent blog post, Madonna’s eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York’s LaGuardia High School, how she’s spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom.

Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn’t mean Lourdes isn’t your typical American teenager—well, sort of. In a recent blog post, Madonna’s eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York’s LaGuardia High School, how she’s spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom.

Johns Hopkins Hospital settles lawsuit with women filmed by doctor

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to thousands of women who were secretly filmed by a doctor during gynecological exams. The proposed settlement, announced Monday, came in a class action lawsuit filed last year in Baltimore city court over the conduct of Dr. Nikita Levy, who worked at the hospital for 25 years. Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the settlement came after nearly a year of negotiations. The case is Jane Doe v. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore City Circuit Court, No. 24-C-13-1041.

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway that shocked the island.

 Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts of murder and 22 accounts of attempted murder for the fatal attack on May 21, the first of its kind on the city’s subway system since it began operating in 1996. The incident shocked Taiwan, otherwise proud of its low levels of violent crime, and resulted in several minor injuries as edgy commuters fled trains over false alarms in the following week. 

Executions are carried out in Taiwan by a single shot to the heart from the back — or, if the prisoner agrees to donate his organs, a bullet to the back of the head.

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway that shocked the island.

Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts of murder and 22 accounts of attempted murder for the fatal attack on May 21, the first of its kind on the city’s subway system since it began operating in 1996. The incident shocked Taiwan, otherwise proud of its low levels of violent crime, and resulted in several minor injuries as edgy commuters fled trains over false alarms in the following week.

Executions are carried out in Taiwan by a single shot to the heart from the back — or, if the prisoner agrees to donate his organs, a bullet to the back of the head.

15,000 people displaced after Boko Haram raid in northeast Nigeria

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. 

The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month. 

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building. Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape the Islamist onslaught.

15,000 people displaced after Boko Haram raid in northeast Nigeria

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters.

The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month.

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building. Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape the Islamist onslaught.

A manhunt was underway on Tuesday for masked bandits who reportedly stole roughly $181,000 in an armed robbery at Caesar’s Atlantic City casino in New Jersey, police said. Authorities were tight-lipped about the robbery, but the Press of Atlantic City reported that two men, one of whom displayed a gun, stole two cash boxes at around 6 a.m. on Monday before fleeing in a car. 

The robbery was being investigated by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau, an indication, the newspaper said, that the thieves struck a gaming area of the casino. In 2012, two men walked into the same casino, pepper-sprayed a blackjack dealer, and grabbed 23 chips worth $5,000 each.

A manhunt was underway on Tuesday for masked bandits who reportedly stole roughly $181,000 in an armed robbery at Caesar’s Atlantic City casino in New Jersey, police said. Authorities were tight-lipped about the robbery, but the Press of Atlantic City reported that two men, one of whom displayed a gun, stole two cash boxes at around 6 a.m. on Monday before fleeing in a car.

The robbery was being investigated by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau, an indication, the newspaper said, that the thieves struck a gaming area of the casino. In 2012, two men walked into the same casino, pepper-sprayed a blackjack dealer, and grabbed 23 chips worth $5,000 each.

Franklin County mom arrested Tuesday after newborn was found buried in her backyard.

(Source: Yahoo!)

The Israeli army on Tuesday confirmed that a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains unaccounted for. The army named the soldier, whose body is still missing, as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas said they had kidnapped an Israeli soldier of the same name. Publication of the name suggested Hamas was likely to be holding the soldier’s remains, although it was not clear if the entire body or only part of it was missing. A spokeswoman flatly denied any possibility that the soldier was alive.

The Israeli army on Tuesday confirmed that a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains unaccounted for. The army named the soldier, whose body is still missing, as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas said they had kidnapped an Israeli soldier of the same name. Publication of the name suggested Hamas was likely to be holding the soldier’s remains, although it was not clear if the entire body or only part of it was missing. A spokeswoman flatly denied any possibility that the soldier was alive.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial:

Mudiay, who faced eligibility issues at SMU, agreed to the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial:

Mudiay, who faced eligibility issues at SMU, agreed to the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial:

The government will call Mark Zuckerberg to testify against an upstate New York man accused of trying to cheat the billionaire founder of Facebook Inc out of half his stake in the social media company, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. 

Zuckerberg is expected to be a key witness against Paul Ceglia, who is charged with forging a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg that purportedly entitled him to half of Facebook. “It’s a witness that the government 100 percent knows it will be calling at trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Frey said at a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in New York federal court. 

The charges stem in part from a 2010 civil lawsuit Ceglia filed against Zuckerberg and Facebook in Buffalo, New York, claiming the two men signed a contract when Zuckerberg was a freshman at Harvard University that gave Ceglia half of a planned social networking website.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial:

The government will call Mark Zuckerberg to testify against an upstate New York man accused of trying to cheat the billionaire founder of Facebook Inc out of half his stake in the social media company, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg is expected to be a key witness against Paul Ceglia, who is charged with forging a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg that purportedly entitled him to half of Facebook. “It’s a witness that the government 100 percent knows it will be calling at trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Frey said at a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in New York federal court.

The charges stem in part from a 2010 civil lawsuit Ceglia filed against Zuckerberg and Facebook in Buffalo, New York, claiming the two men signed a contract when Zuckerberg was a freshman at Harvard University that gave Ceglia half of a planned social networking website.

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia


France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe’s strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia


France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe’s strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.