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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hizbollah Warns Syria Supplying 'New Weapons'

Hizbollah says it will gain an arsenal of "sophisticated" weapons from Syria following Israeli strikes on the capital Damascus.

The claim was made by the group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, as Britain warned it would push the EU to designate Hizbollah's military wing as a terrorist organisation.

It follows a series of raids and air strikes around Damascus which Israeli sources, quoted by Reuters, said were designed to take out "game-changing" Iranian missiles destined for use by Hizbollah.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-10 01:06:05.0 UTC
Location 64.11 N ; 23.17 W
Depth 2 km
24 km W of Sandgerði, Iceland / pop: 1,371 / local time: 01:06:05.0 2013-05-10

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-09 22:32:22.0 UTC
Location 0.55 S ; 123.27 E
Depth 10 km
69 km NE of Luwuk, Indonesia / pop: 47,778 / local time: 06:32:22.0 2013-05-10

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-09 21:26:36.0 UTC
Location 55.50 N ; 161.27 E
Depth 118 km
168 km E of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 10:26:36.0 2013-05-10

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-05-09 20:45:35.0 UTC
Location 46.89 N ; 152.63 E
Depth 40 km
358 km SE of Vostok / pop: 2,779 / local time: 08:45:00.0 2013-05-10

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-09 20:12:06.0 UTC
Location 35.90 N ; 21.89 E
Depth 10 km
100 km S of Koróni, Greece / pop: 1,620 / local time: 23:12:06.0 2013-05-09

Andrew Simpson Killed In Yacht Capsize

Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson has been killed after his yacht capsized in San Francisco Bay during training for the America's Cup.

Simpson had been sailing on the Artemis, Sweden's entry in the upcoming race, when the catamaran turned over and he became trapped underneath for about 10 minutes, his racing team said in a statement.

Attempts were made to revive the 36-year-old both in the water and on the shore, but he was unable to be saved.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2013-05-09 19:30:08.1 UTC
Location 16.45 N ; 98.35 W
Depth 10 km
7 km E of Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico / pop: 9,390 / local time: 14:30:08.1 2013-05-09

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-05-09 19:20:44.0 UTC
Location 63.78 N ; 22.03 W
Depth 2 km
21 km E of Grindavík, Iceland / pop: 2,539 / local time: 19:20:44.0 2013-05-09

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-09 18:05:52.0 UTC
Location 63.78 N ; 22.41 W
Depth 2 km
7 km S of Grindavík, Iceland / pop: 2,539 / local time: 18:05:52.0 2013-05-09

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake CELEBES SEA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-05-09 17:45:11.0 UTC
Location 4.62 N ; 123.90 E
Depth 437 km
170 km S of Mabay, Philippines / pop: 3,212 / local time: 01:45:11.0 2013-05-10

Highschool teacher tells students she's just "here for the paycheck", heroic student stands up to her and is subsequently removed from class, but not before making important speech

Ariel Castro: $8 Million Bond Set

Eight dead in new Bangladeshi textile tragedy

Trainee nurse saves man from train track in Australia

China 'reviews' Okinawa ownership in new territorial challenge to Japan

Chile violence video: Teargas, water cannons used against students

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Date time 2013-05-09 16:24:01.9 UTC
Location 27.19 N ; 63.89 E
Depth 39 km
156 km NE of Turbat, Pakistan / pop: 75,694 / local time: 21:24:01.9 2013-05-09

Russian police kill eight suspected Islamist militants in North Caucasus

Russian police officers killed eight suspected Islamist militants in the volatile North Causcasus region where insurgents are fighting to establish an Islamic state, Russia's anti-terrorism agency said on Thursday.

Four were shot dead in a rural region of predominantly Muslim Dagestan, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.

"(The men) opened fire with automatic weapons on law enforcement officials and as a result of the firefight the militants were fatally wounded," the agency said in a statement.

U.S. charges eight in $45 million cyber crime scheme

The U.S. government charged eight individuals with stealing debit card data from two Middle Eastern banks in a scheme that prosecutors said netted $45 million in a matter of hours - a crime they called one of the biggest bank heists in history.

A New York-based group hacked into credit card processors' computers to steal Mastercard Inc (MA.N) debit card data, which they used to make approximately 36,000 transactions over a total of 10 hours in 24 countries, the Justice Department said.

The cards were issued by National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah (RAKB.AD) in the United Arab Emirates and Bank of Muscat in Oman, prosecutors said.

Syrian government "likely" to have used chemical weapons, says UK.....Proof?

Britain said on Thursday it believed it was "very likely" the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and Turkey said it was testing victims of the Syrian civil war for traces of such substances.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed gratitude to Russia for its willingness to try to arrange a "Geneva two" conference to negotiate an end to the conflict, in a sign of a thawing of the long diplomatic chill between Washington and Moscow, Syria's strongest ally.

Damascus and the head of the Arab League welcomed the apparent rapprochement between the United States and Russia this week. Syrian opposition leaders are skeptical of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad hang on to power.

Christina Hale Killed By Mushrooms Picked In Garden

A woman died after she ate one of the world's most poisonous mushrooms that she unwittingly picked from her garden in Somerset, an inquest has heard.

Christina Hale died from multiple organ failure five days after using death caps while cooking her and her husband an evening meal.

The death cap is so poisonous that eating just half of one can be fatal and there is no antidote.

Mrs Hale had gathered the deadly fungi at the couple's Bridgwater home and used them to make mushroom soup last November.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-05-09 14:13:20.9 UTC
Location 55.79 S ; 27.25 W
Depth 10 km
Distances 3205 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 11:13:20.9 2013-05-09

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Body Buried in Secret

The body of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been entombed at an undisclosed location, police have said.

A statement from the Worcester, Massachusetts, police department said: "As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased.

"His body is no longer in the City of Worcester and is now entombed."

Warning as deadly giant snails that can kill by spreading meningitis are found in Texas

Giant African land snails are making their way into Houston, Texas, and residents are being warned that the over-sized creatures are dangerous to touch because they may carry meningitis.

Local scientists warn that anyone who comes in contact with one of the snails should wash their hands thoroughly to ensure that they do not catch the harmful parasitic disease.

5 Arrested In Brutal High School Fight Captured On Video

It’s a story you saw first on 3 – A vicious beating inside a local high school and a cell phone camera captured it all.

On Wednesday, police arrested five students they say were involved in the fight at Chester High School. Police say even more arrests could be coming.

The video shows a group of students not only throwing punches, but using chairs to attack and beat a 16-year-old boy inside the library of Chester High School. According to police, among the arrested students is 18-year-old Edward Stanley who appears to have recorded the fight on his cell phone and later posted the video on Facebook.

“It’s terrible. It’s something that is ungodly. It’s like the devils were in there.”

A man who identified himself as the father of the 16-year-old victim had no idea the video existed until we showed it to him. He says his son, who now has four stitches in the back of his head, moved to Chester from Delaware, just three months ago. He asked to remain anonymous.

Green 'fireball' meteor spotted shooting across the UK at 150,000 miles per hour

Jeff Bliss 'Just get up and teach them!': Teacher Kicks Out The Wrong Student - Inspiring!

U.S. soldier is sucked out of plane when parachute accidentally opens

A paratrooper was sucked out of a plane thousands of feet in the air after his reserve parachute was accidentally opened.
Footage has emerged of the U.S. paratrooper kneeling on the open ramp when he is suddenly pulled from the back of the plane.
Amazingly, the man landed safely and was not injured.

Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder Missing: Massive air and sea search for couple caught on CCTV falling overboard from luxury cruise liner

A massive air and sea search has been launched off the coast of New South Wales for a man and a woman believed to have fallen overboard from a luxury cruise liner.

Paul Rossington, 30 and Kristen Schroder, 27 were discovered missing when the Carnival Spirit liner arrived in Sydney today.

The alarm was raised when the couple did not disembark and a search of the ship failed to find them.

Cameron hits back at 'pessimists' about his Europe plan after it emerges Thatcher thought Britain should quit the EU

David Cameron today hit back at 'pessimists' in the Tory party who have stepped up calls for Britain to quit the European Union immediately.

The Prime Minister said he was taking a 'logical, sensible, practical' approach to getting a new deal with Brussels.

But his hopes of quelling backbench unrest over Europe were dashed after it emerged Margaret Thatcher thought Britain should quit the EU, according to an explosive revelation from her biographer.

German opera featuring Nazi uniforms and massacre of Jewish family is cancelled after audience stages walk-out and requires treatment for 'psychological trauma'

A German opera has been cancelled amid a storm of criticism after it featured performers dressed in Nazi uniform, a Jewish family being massacred and a brutal rape scene.

Members of the audience began walking out of Burkhard C. Kosminski's interpretation of Wagner's classic 'Tannhaeuser' after only 30 minutes and some required medical attention for 'psychological trauma'.

The Rhine Opera House in Duesseldorf said although it knew the concert would be 'controversial' it had not expected such an extreme reaction.

Police warn girl, 10, her chalk hopscotch grid on the pavement outside her home is criminal damage

A schoolgirl was told off by police for drawing a hopscotch grid on the pavement, according to her father.

Officers even warned the 10-year-old she might have committed criminal damage as she played the traditional game outside her house in Ramsgate, Kent.

Lilly Allen had marked out a grid in chalk - which washes away in the rain - when she was apparently approached by two officers.

Tia Sharp's step-grandfather told prison officer she died falling down the stairs and tried to pin blame on Somali neighbours

The man accused of murdering Tia Sharp told a prison officer that the schoolgirl's death was an accident, insisting: 'I'm not like Ian Huntley,' a court heard today.

Stuart Hazell denied that 'anything sexual' had happened between him and Tia, according to Warren Fegan, who was working at Belmarsh at the time he was arrested in August last year.

He also apparently tried to pin the blame on his Somali neighbours after her body was found in the attic was shared, accusing them of being sex offenders.

However, he asked the prison officer if he would be able to plead guilty to manslaughter, a jury heard at the Old Bailey.

H7N9 kills 1 in central China

The H7N9 bird flu killed one person in central China's Henan Province Thursday, local authorities said, bringing the nationwide death toll to 32.

A 56-year-old man surnamed Cui died Thursday afternoon in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou two weeks after his infection was confirmed, the Henan provincial health bureau said in a statement.

Cui suffered from a fever for one week before being admitted to the hospital in critical condition. Medical staff failed to ease his illness, as he also suffered from several other diseases, including hypertension, coronary heart disease and a cerebral infarction, according to the statement.

The man had no direct contact with birds, but there were birdcages hanging in the corridor of the residential building he lived in, the statement added.

Mexico: Five New High-Path Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported

Five new outbreaks of H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have affected almost 900,000 birds across three states.

The veterinary authority has sent Follow Up Report No. 7 dated 7 May to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes five new outbreaks of HPAI of the H7N3 subtype starting between 1 March and 1 May 2013. More than 890,000 birds were involved; there were 75,011 cases, of which 40,010 birds died and 850,005 were destroyed.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-05-09 13:56:43.0 UTC
Location 1.27 N ; 128.09 E
Depth 111 km
51 km S of Tobelo, Indonesia / pop: 10,000 / local time: 22:56:43.0 2013-05-09

Outbreak of mice-vector hemorrhagic fever in Argentina

The contagion potential of the disease covers a wide area of central Argentina: the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, La Pampa and Santa Fe, with other strains of the disease in Paraguay and Bolivia.

The death and hospitalization were confirmed by the Epidemiology Director from the city of Rosario.

The Junin virus is found in some species of camp mice that contaminate with their saliva, urine and excrement, and tend to proliferate in crop time.

When harvesters chop up the four to six centimetres long brownish rodents, their blood is also potentially contaminating.

Texas: Chemical leak in Lubbock sends dozens from homes

A chemical leak at an agricultural company in West Texas has forced about 100 families from their homes but nobody has been hurt.

Lubbock police say the evacuation continues Thursday in a zone extending several blocks.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused Wednesday night's leak at Bayer CropScience near Interstate 27. Company employees noticed a leak from an apparent faulty valve on a tank.

The Lubbock Fire Department says the leak involves hydrogen chloride that when released forms hydrochloric acid.

Blast throws railcar into Russian residence, 13 taken to hospital

An explosion on a freight train carrying chemicals and oil products hurled part of a railcar into a residential block in southern Russia early on Thursday, injuring 27 people of whom 13 were taken to hospital, officials said.

The federal Investigative Committee said 69 railcars carrying sodium chloride, gasoline, fuel oil, propane and other goods derailed following an onboard fire near Belaya Kalitva station in the Rostov-on-Don region, around 1,000 km (625 miles) south of Moscow.

"The blast hurled part of a railcar into the sixth floor wall of a residential block," the committee said on its website. A criminal investigation has been launched into possible safety breaches.

India: Over 200 houses damaged in hailstorm in Mizoram

Over 200 houses, especially tin- roofed and those with asbestos walls, were damaged in rain and hailstorm in different areas of Kolasib district in Mizoram, official sources said today.

Sixty-three houses were damaged in Kolasib town and 100 others in nearby Thingdawl village in the rain and hailstorm yesterday, the sources said.

Around 40 houses were also damaged in Bukpui village along the Serkhan-Bagha road and three houses were damaged in Sethawn village, they said.

Meteor spotted in night sky in England and Wales

People have reported seeing a bright light, thought to be a meteor, in the sky in parts of England and Wales.

Sightings of the celestial body were reported on Twitter in areas such as Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, south Wales and Worcestershire.

Suzy Buttress, of Basingstoke, described witnessing the bright light as a "once in a lifetime thing".

One scientist said it could have been a "random small piece of rock, probably from the asteroid belt".

Israel Putting Middles East peace process at risk again, as it gives go-ahead for 300 new homes in West Bank

Hope earlier in the week that a decision to freeze the construction of new Israeli settler homes in the occupied West Bank could renew the moribund peace process were dealt a blow earlier today when it transpired that permission had been granted to build nearly 300 new houses close to the Palestinian administrative capital, Ramallah.

The announcement will disappoint Americans – especially the Secretary of State, John Kerry - who have spent two months attempting to broker a new deal between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships.

The Palestinians maintain a long held position that new talks are only possible with a new moratorium of settlement building. The Americans and Israelis say new talks should go ahead without pre-conditions. Settlements are considered illegal under international law.

David Cameron: EU needs to change

David Cameron has repeated his pledge to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the European Union.

Speaking at the start of a major conference on the global economy in London, Mr Cameron said it was in Britain's interest to remain "well connected".

The Prime Minister said it was right to bring the debate on Europe into the open, adding that the European Union "needs to change".

US diplomat tells of Benghazi strike

Dear Europe, a very unhappy birthday....May it be your last!

Bangladesh Islamist gets death for war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal convicted and sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on Thursday, raising fears of a repeat of clashes between police and protesters after similar sentences were handed down earlier this year.

Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, 61, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, lawyers and tribunal officials said.

Tunisia arrests Libyan "terrorist" with explosives

Tunisia said on Thursday police had arrested a Libyan "terrorist" trying to enter a southern port with explosives, as security forces wage a nationwide campaign against militants.

"The anti-terrorism task force ... arrested on Wednesday a terrorist Libyan trying to enter with a quantity of explosives in Port of Ktef in Ben Guardan," the interior ministry said.

The Tunisian army and police said on Tuesday they were hunting more than 30 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants close to the border with Algeria, and President Moncef Marzouki traveled to the area to oversee the operation.

Former Pakistan prime minister's son abducted

Gunmen kidnapped the son of a former Pakistani prime minister on Thursday as a letter from the leader of the Pakistani Taliban revealed plans for suicide bomb attacks on election day.

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, in a message to the group's spokesman, outlined plans for the attacks, including suicide blasts, in all four of the country's provinces on polling day on Saturday.

"We don't accept the system of infidels which is called democracy," Mehsud said in the letter, dated May 1, and obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

Helicopter Crashes Onto Busy Hawaii Street

A helicopter has crashed onto a busy street in Hawaii after suddenly losing power.

The aircraft was on a photography trip over central Honolulu when it fell to earth, but no major injuries have been reported.

Terry Seelig, a spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department said: "It's a pretty miraculous situation that no one was badly hurt by this."

China: Jealous Girl Murders And Mutilates Classmate

A 12-year-old girl from China has been sentenced to a three year rehabilitation programme after she murdered and dismembered her classmate.

The girl, who has been identified only by her surname Qin, is believed to have murdered her 13-year-old friend, identified only as Zhou, and then cut off her head and arms.

According to the court, the motive was resentment: Qin was jealous of Zhou's looks.

The murder took place in April 2012 in Guangxi Province, southwest China.

Lana Bailey: Urgent Hunt For Toddler After Mum Found Dead

A desperate search is underway for an 18-month-old toddler whose mother was found dead along with two male friends on a farm in eastern Kansas.

Police identified the victims as 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey - who went missing last week with her daughter Lana - and her partner 30-year-old Andrew Stout and his friend 31-year-old Steven White.

They did not reveal how the three people died.

Ohio Kidnap: Ariel Castro In Cleveland Court

Ariel Castro has appeared in court in Cleveland charged with kidnapping and raping three women missing for a decade.

The former school bus driver wore blue overalls and stood with his head bowed as prosecutors outlined the charges against him.

Castro buried his head in his shirt as a lawyer described the "horrifying ordeal" Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Ms Berry's six-year-old daughter endured during their captivity.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-09 11:59:14.0 UTC
Location 3.77 S ; 135.48 E
Depth 5 km
44 km S of Nabire, Indonesia / pop: 43,898 / local time: 20:59:14.0 2013-05-09

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF PARIA, VENEZUELA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-09 11:38:58.3 UTC
Location 10.25 N ; 62.32 W
Depth 46 km
36 km S of Güiria, Venezuela / pop: 40,000 / local time: 07:08:58.3 2013-05-09

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-09 10:49:26.0 UTC
Location 63.93 N ; 22.91 W
Depth 2 km
18 km SW of Keflavík, Iceland / pop: 7,930 / local time: 10:49:26.0 2013-05-09

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-09 10:37:35.0 UTC
Location 20.27 S ; 68.26 W
Depth 157 km
138 km W of Colchani, Bolivia / pop: 11,988 / local time: 06:37:35.0 2013-05-09

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-09 09:36:40.0 UTC
Location 5.40 S ; 153.89 E
Depth 54 km
203 km NW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea / pop: 40,266 / local time: 19:36:40.0 2013-05-09

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 9th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-09 08:50:34.7 UTC
Location 26.50 N ; 57.47 E
Depth 30 km
81 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 13:20:34.7 2013-05-09

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-05-09 08:01:38.0 UTC
Location 26.35 N ; 57.78 E
Depth 60 km
112 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 12:31:38.0 2013-05-09

EU Imposes Import Duties on China solar panels and increasing the Risk of a Trade War..... German Solar Manufacturers shares on the Up!

The European Commission agreed to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China in a move to guard against what it sees as dumping of cheap goods in Europe, prompting a cautious response from Beijing which called for further dialogue.

EU commissioners backed EU Trade Chief Karel De Gucht's proposal to levy the provisional duties by June 6 and make Chinese solar exports less attractive, two officials said.

Shares in German manufacturers SolarWorld, Phoenix Solar and Centrotherm rose as much as 7 percent on the decision, while Frankfurt-listed shares in China's Suntech were down more than 4 percent.

Probation Reforms 'Unworkable' Say Campaigners

Government plans to make every convict leaving prison spend at least a year under supervision in the community have been branded "unworkable" by a leading campaign group.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced all offenders who enter prison, even for just a few days, will be subject to the new policy.

Each will be given support into housing, employment, training and substance abuse programmes.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-09 07:05:21.4 UTC
Location 1.51 N ; 127.19 E
Depth 120 km
81 km N of Ternate / pop: 101,731 / local time: 16:05:00.0 2013-05-09

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake BURYATIYA, RUSSIA - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.0
Date time 2013-05-09 05:25:54.2 UTC
Location 52.41 N ; 100.56 E
Depth 10 km
51 km E of Orlik, Russia / pop: 2,008 / local time: 14:25:54.2 2013-05-09

Pressure mounts on David Cameron as Michael Portillo joins calls to quit EU

David Cameron was under fresh pressure on Europe today after another Tory heavyweight insisted Britain should leave the EU.

Former Cabinet minister Michael Portillo suggested Mr Cameron's promise of an in-out referendum on membership after 2015 was an "insincere ploy".

"I would vote No and fervently hope that the British have more guts than those who govern us, and more than those who govern us think we have," he said.

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CNN Anchors Pretend They’re Having A “Satellite Interview” Even Though They’re In The Same Parking Lot.

“Sorry, we’re experiencing a delay in the broadcast while we both wait for this bus to go by.”

Yes, those are all the same cars. Apparently they thought we wouldn’t notice because Nancy is on the right side of the screen, when in reality she is to Asleigh Banfield’s left. See The Atlantic Wire’sexcellent breakdown of the shots to see exactly what happened. Tricky, CNN, very tricky. We understand, though. When a major crime story like the Cleveland Kidnapping breaks, you have to send in Nancy Grace. However, since Nancy Grace is a poorly-medicated vengeance demon who’s always just a bad morning away from ending up on her own show, you also send in a real anchor with whom she can “correspond.” Unfortunately, it’s hard to get shooting permits in Cleveland on short notice, so you set up in the same parking lot. Do us a favor, CNN, just put them next to each other and have them talk into each other’s faces instead of relaying their words through satellites to come back down 30 feet away like we’re idiots.

Another death in China raises H7N9 fatalities to 32

Another patient in China has died from an H7N9 influenza infection, raising the number of fatal illnesses to 32, though no new cases were reported today, holding the overall case total to 131.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the death today in an update based on information from China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The report did not contain any details about the patient who died or his or her location, though the WHO said on its Twitter feed that the death was a retrospective one.

The WHO's update on H7N9 cases today also acknowledged the infection of a 79-year-old woman from Jianxi province whose case was first announced by Chinese officials yesterday. The WHO said she started having symptoms on May 3. Yesterday Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the woman is in stable condition.

In addition, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today published the second update of its rapid risk assessment on H7N9 influenza but said the overall risk to Europe from the disease hasn't changed. So far nearly all of the cases are sporadic, it said, with no obvious epidemiologic links.

China: Heavy rain continues to batter Hunan Province, Killing 3

Heavy rain in central and south China killed at least six people and left tens of thousands of people affected and much cropland damaged.

Rain-triggered floods killed three workers who were working at around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in a sewage pipe near a bus station in Xiangtan City, Hunan Province, local authorities said, adding that the bodies of the workers were retrieved at around 10:40 p.m.

Rain started to lash 24 cities and counties in Hunan on Tuesday, killing three people in landslides Tuesday, affecting 165,000 people, toppling 300 houses, forcing the relocation of 1,600 people and damaging 14,000 hectares of crops, the provincial government said.

India: Two killed, 20 hurt in Malegaon mosque collapse

At least two people, including 16-year-old Mumbai resident Shaikh Faheem, were killed and 20 injured after a portion of the 156-year-old Sulaimani Masjid in Malegaon collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

Faheem was part of a 14-member group of Tablighi Jamaat on a religious tour to the city. The group was staying at the mosque and Faheem was preaching when the collapse happened. Abdul Wahab, a construction worker, was also killed.

The mosque in Nayapura was constructed in 1857 and has since undergone several extensions and renovations. The portion that collapsed was reconstructed in 1957.

Rabies alert issued for Jupiter after dead raccoon tests positive, Florida

A raccoon found dead last month in Jupiter Farms has tested positive for rabies, health officials said today.

The finding has prompted the Palm Beach County Health Department to issue a rabies alert for western Jupiter. It was the third incident involving a rabid raccoon in the last three weeks.

No humans were exposed and the dogs were were up to date with their rabies vaccines, health department spokesman Tim O’Connor said in a statement.

The latest incident occurred when the owner of a Labrador puppy found the pet with a dead raccoon in its mouth. The raccoon was sent for testing and confirmed positive today.

Bridge collapses in Trondheim, Norway

At least one person was missing and several injured after a bridge under construction collapsed on the outskirts of Trondheim Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were still scrambling to reach a car trapped under the rubble.

Anders Bang Danielsen of the Trondheim police confirmed that at least six persons were injured when the unfinished bridge collapsed at around 2:30pm onto the roadway below at Leangen in Trondheim. The construction project is part of improvements being made to the eastbound portion of the busy E6 highway through Trondheim.

The person missing is the driver of a car pinned under the collapsed bridge. Danielsen said it was unclear whether there also were passengers in the car or whether other cars were caught under the rubble as well.

Drought-stricken Panama orders power rationing, closes schools

Panama on Tuesday ordered government offices and private businesses to slash their power consumption and temporarily closed schools in response to a drought that has sapped the country’s hydroelectric energy supply.

Opening hours for government offices will be reduced, while supermarkets, bars, cinemas, restaurants, casinos and other night spots would have to close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Thursday, according to a statement from the president’s office.

Private businesses in the tropical Central American nation will also be forced to cut air-conditioning use by four hours a day, beginning Wednesday. It’s unclear how long the rationing will last, though government officials say they would reconsider on Sunday how soon they could re-open schools.

Queensland Measles case sparks statewide alert

A state-wide measles alert has been issued in Queensland after a mine worker was diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus.

Queensland Health says the central Queensland man probably caught the virus during a recent holiday in Asia and may have passed it on to colleagues.

He had contact with fellow mine workers at the Moranbah mine camp while he was contagious from April 25 to May 6, acting senior director of the communicable diseases unit Dr Stephen Lambert says.

He was in the dining room of the Grosvenor Village camp around April 29 and 30 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm (AEST).

Canada: Flood warning in Swan River

The flood threat in the western Manitoba town of Swan River may not be as bad as first thought.

"It appears this morning the river won’t be coming up to the level provincial EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) predicted," Mayor Glen McKenzie said in an interview this morning. "It looks pretty good right now."

McKenzie said the Swan River is still about a third of a metre below the bottom of the sandbag dike along Duncan Crescent, a low-lying residential street near the outskirts of town that is most at risk.

Germany warns Europe against easing reform efforts

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has said European countries should not ease up on reforms and resort to stimulus packages to tackle high youth unemployment as this will not result in sustainable jobs.

In comments published on Thursday, Weidmann reiterated his criticism of France's failure to stick to its deficit reduction targets, saying the euro zone's second biggest economy had a key role in maintaining the credibility of the bloc's efforts to consolidate budgets.

"Youth unemployment in some countries is indeed dramatic," Weidmann was quoted as saying by the daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. "But short-term economic and spending programs and ever higher debt for following generations do not create the sustainable jobs that are urgently needed."

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Ariel Castro charged in Cleveland kidnapping, Brothers Cleared

Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with kidnapping and raping three women who were rescued from his house on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity.

Castro's two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said Cleveland city prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference.

The charges came as police revealed that the women, who were rescued on Monday after one of them, Amanda Berry, fled with the help of a neighbor, had not seen any previous chances to escape in nearly ten years of captivity.

"The only opportunity, after interviewing the young ladies, to escape was the other day when Amanda escaped," Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said at the same news conference.

Pakistani prisoner dies in India after revenge beating

A convicted Pakistani militant jailed in India died on Thursday after being beaten by another inmate in an apparent revenge attack for the death of an Indian spy prisoner, threatening already fraught relations between the nations.

The death of Sanaullah Haq, also known as Sanaullah Ranjay, came a week after an Indian farmer convicted of spying died in a Pakistani jail, which led to furious reactions in India, with opposition parties criticizing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government of going soft on its Western neighbor.

"Although it's scant consolation I'd like to offer a sincere apology to the family of Sanaullah Haq & my sympathies for their loss, Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state where Haq had been imprisoned since 1999, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Bangladesh factory fire kills eight; collapse toll hits 892

Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on Thursday, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900.

The fire, in an industrial district of Dhaka, comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry following the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the city, in the world's deadliest industrial accident since the Bhopal disaster in India in 1984.

"It is not clear to us how the accident happened, but we are trying to find out the cause," Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), told Reuters.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.1
Date time 2013-05-09 05:25:11.6 UTC
Location 14.37 N ; 92.62 W
Depth 35 km
44 km SW of Puerto Madero, Mexico / pop: 9,652 / local time: 00:25:11.6 2013-05-09

Jodi Arias: Jury Delivers Guilty Verdict

Jodi Arias has been found guilty of brutally killing her ex-boyfriend.

Arias, 32, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

The jury will embark on the penalty phase of the trial on Thursday, deciding whether Arias should get the death penalty or be sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

Steven Johnson Death: Bee Stings 'May Have Killed Arizona Climber'

A climber found dead and covered with bee stings may have disturbed the insects by hammering a spike into an Arizona cliff, authorities have said.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the body of 55-year-old Steven Johnson was found hanging from a cliff in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said: "He had been stung repeatedly and he was dangling there.

Nun, 83, Guilty Of Vandalism At Oak Ridge Nuclear Site, Tennessee

An 83-year-old nun and two fellow protesters have been found guilty of breaking into the primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium in the US.

A jury took less than three hours to find the three protesters guilty of a charge of interfering with national security and a second charge of damaging federal property during the July break-in.

Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, could face up to 30 years in prison.

The trio spent about two hours inside the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, cutting through fences to reach the facility.

Man Held In Connection With 'Racist' Tweets

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to two League Two footballers.

The man was arrested by police in the Gloucestershire area on Wednesday during an investigation into tweets sent to two Northampton Town football players.

It comes after abusive tweets were sent to striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and defender Clarke Carlisle, who is also chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.

Brazil Harpoon Accident: Woman Shot In Mouth by Husband

A wife has survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon.

Officials in Rio de Janeiro said Elisangela Borborema Rosa's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that went through her mouth and cervical spine.

The 28-year-old was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery after the accident on Monday in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.

Neurosurgeon Allan da Costa was quoted in a statement from Rio de Janeiro's health department as saying the harpoon came within 1cm of killing the woman - but that he expects a full recovery.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 9th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-09 03:29:37.0 UTC
Location 28.11 N ; 51.81 E
Depth 30 km
110 km SW of Fīrūzābād, Iran / pop: 66,558 / local time: 07:59:37.0 2013-05-09

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-09 01:14:56.7 UTC
Location 44.15 N ; 145.54 E
Depth 129 km
27 km W of Otrada, Russia / pop: 3,215 / local time: 13:14:56.7 2013-05-09

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 9th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-09 00:39:56.0 UTC
Location 21.59 N ; 143.08 E
Depth 308 km
Distances 1597 km S of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 09:39:56.0 2013-05-09