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Residents were being allowed to return home after a train derailment in Abbeville early Thursday prompted the evacuation of a half-mile area. No one was hurt when more than two dozen cars of a CSX train ran off the tracks around 4:30 a.m.
Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the ‘
‘ hackers group in a swoop covering more than a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said on Tuesday.
“Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain,” said Interpol, based in the French city of Lyon.
The statement cited attacks on the websites of the Colombian Ministry of Defence and the presidency, as well as on Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.
The operation was carried out by police from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, the statement said, with 250 items of computer equipment and mobile phones seized in raids on 40 premises in 15 cities.
Police also seized credit cards and cash from the suspects, aged 17 to 40.
“This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the Internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity,” said Bernd Rossbach, Interpol’s acting director of police services.
OSLO: A total of 231 nominees are up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, the Nobel Institute said Monday, with Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, the EU and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning known to be on the list.
“As always, there are the usual ‘nominees’ and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP.
With 188 individuals and 43 organizations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.
The winner or winners will be announced in October.
The prize generates a media frenzy every year and occasionally sparks controversy – as in 2009 when U.S. President Barack Obama was honored just a few months after taking office.
By Gitte Laasby
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Anglers in the annual Lake Winnebago ice fishing contest over the weekend found themselves instead scouting for their modes of transportation after 36 parked vehicles went through the ice, authorities said Sunday.
“We had some cars that got wet,” a dispatcher with the Winnebago County sheriff’s department said. “We had cars parked on the ice like it was a parking lot. Usually they do park out on the ice; that’s not unusual. It’s just that they parked too close together. It was too much for the ice conditions this year.”
Tournament organizers for the Battle on Bago reportedly warned people about parking on the ice Saturday, but some had trouble finding spots elsewhere and parked on the lake anyway.
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Members of all-female punk band Pussy Riot could face up to seven years in prison following their five-minute unauthorized performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral on Feb. 21, Gazeta.ru reported. Police said they intend to charge the band, known for its provocative lyrics targeting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with hooliganism, which could lead to prison sentences of up to seven years.
The controversy began when members of the band performed for five minutes in the famous cathedral and were removed from the stage while performing a song called “Holy Sh–”.
The band shot to fame when they staged a similar performance on Red Square with a song ridiculing Putin
Seven Marines were killed when their two helicopters collided Wednesday night around the Arizona-California border.
The two choppers collided during a training exercise Wednesday night near Yuma. The Marines, from the 3rd Marine Airwing based at Miramar in Southern California, were conducting the exercise when their Cobra and Huey helicopters collided.
There were no survivors. Family members are being notified and investigators are on the scene.
School officials have pulled what some consider a pro-Obama poem from next week’s Black History Month program at Tipps Elementary.
(KTRH – Houston) — Cy-Fair school officials have pulled what some consider a pro-Obama poem from next week’s Black History Month program at Tipps Elementary. This after a parent complained it was too political for his daughter’s kindergarten class.
Along with the poem mailed home to parents was an internal memo which read:
“Attached is a chant about President Barack Obama. All Kindergarteners will be required to learn the chant for the Black History program.”
Parent Joseph Beaver tells KTRH News he doesn’t believe the poem provides any educational value to students.
“You’re not learning anything from it,” he says. “I can’t sit there and say in 20 years I’m going to need to know his favorite baseball team was this. That’s just useless information.”
However, Sylvester Brown at Houston’s Black Heritage Society believes the whole thing is being taken out of context.
“Is the teacher using it to express her views?” asks Brown. “I don’t think you can look at it from that side unless you’re specifically looking for something to complain about.”
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder said today he will not apologize for a joke made at a recent GOP event suggesting President Barack Obama should be jailed.
Batchelder, a Republican from Medina who leads the House of Representatives, made the comment Saturday at the Summit County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Washington Post.
Batchelder was introducing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he cracked a joke about whether Obama, a Democrat, should be re-elected.
“The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start,” said Batchelder, according to the Post.
Today, Democratic Rep. Vernon Sykes, of Akron, called on Batchelder to apologize immediately.
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