Archive for December, 2011

Lesbian vampire killer Tracey Wigginton set to be released from jail

By Richard Shears Last updated at 4:11 PM on 21st December 2011 A lesbian vampire killer who stabbed a man to death and drank his blood from his almost-severed head is expected to be freed from jail soon after serving 20 years of a life sentence for her gruesome crime. Tracey Wigginton, now 46, drank […]

Cops: More LA arson fires?

LOS ANGELES — Several more cars burned in suspected arson attacks in the Los Angeles area early Saturday morning, and authorities investigated if they were connected to nearly two dozen deliberately set blazes a day earlier, police said. Police: Man may have infected hundreds with HIV Gingrich becomes tearful speaking about his mother SC gantlet awaits […]

Leaving every citizen a reflection on the year in government

This is the last column of the year. It will be short mainly because the year went by like the snap of the fingers. It has been a memorable one as Veterans continue to fight for the benefits we were promised for signing up to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. […]

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking book by a preeminent reporter takes readers deep into the struggle within the Muslim world where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism and repudiates Osama bin Laden, his deviant doctrine, and his violent disciples. Robin Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the […]

Torched woman ‘sedated’

CHARGES: The man accused of tying Cue Ling Tao to a bed and setting her alight was in court on Saturday. Picture: Channel 10 Source: PerthNow A MAN accused of tying a Cannington woman to a bed and setting her alight will also be accused of sedating her, The Sunday Times understands. Anto Prawira Bintan, […]

Flood of tears for State Emergency Service hero killed in freak accident in …

POPULAR VOLUNTEER: Matt Stevens was killed in Theodore on Friday night when he was reversed over by a fire truck as he helped get the vehicle going. Picture: Murray Ware Source: The Courier-Mail THIS time last year Theodore was a ghost town, its residents scattered by the worst natural disaster in Queensland history. Now, one […]

Father shot dead as children slept next to him, friends say

A FATHER of four was shot in the chest as his girlfriend and two of his children slept beside him, his friends have said. Matthew Hedges, 25, died yesterday after neighbours reported hearing about four gunshots coming from a house on Biara Street, in Chester Hill, about 1.45am. Superintendent Dave Eardley of Bankstown police said […]

Van Onselen: Abbott best of the rest

Julia Gillard and Bill Shorten during Question time. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: The Daily Telegraph WITH 2011 over, Peter Van Onselen assesses the best and the worst performers in Federal politics. ————————————————– Judging performances in 2011 is made harder by the varying degrees of difficulty each politician faced. Julia Gillard presided over the worst sustained set […]

America’s Cup all-nighter for Hawke

Bob Hawke wears his celebration coat at the  Royal Perth Yacht Club all-night party after Australia won America’s Cup. EX PM Bob Hawke on the America’s Cup victory in 1983: “It was very funny. I sat up all night. “And we were pretty whacked, of course, and Cabinet the next day got postponed. “But I […]

Aussies reach Pole in record bid

Half way:  Justin Jones and James Castrission have made it to the South Pole and will now turn back to complete their aim of being the first to trek from Antactica to the Pole and back.  Picture:  Supplied Source: Supplied TWO Australians have reached the South Pole, as they try to be the first to […]

World’s revellers welcome new year

Party time: Malaysians celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks in Kuala Lumpur, as the world welcomed 2012. Picture: AP Source: AP REVELLERS around the have welcomed in the New Year with spectacular fireworks displays and noisy celebrations. Hong Kong staged a fiesta over its famous harbour but the mood was more sombre in Tokyo, overshadowed […]

For Colombia ex-fighters, few jobs and crime pays

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of former combatants in Colombia‘s long-running conflict who surrendered their weapons to the government have since discovered the downside to civilian life: unemployment. From both sides of the old battle lines, former right-wing militiamen and leftist rebels are being lured into jobs as kidnappers, drug runners and hit men for […]

Three arrested over Oxford Street murder

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of teenager Seydou Diarrassouba on London‘s Oxford Street arrested three youths on Saturday on suspicion of murder. Two boys aged 16 and a 20-year-old man are being held for questioning at separate London police stations, Scotland Yard said. Diarrassouba was stabbed to death following a fight at a sportswear store […]

Dozens arrested in Russia New Year protests

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Two doctors have been charged with murder after an investigation into a botched abortion uncovered 35 fetuses in a Maryland clinic’s freezer, authorities said on Friday, calling the case the first of its kind in the state. The doctors, Steven Chase Brigham, 55, and Nicola Irene Riley, 46, were arrested … FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Mashable’s Biggest Stories of 2011

As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson “God particle,” one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks. Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr … Continue reading → FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Apple’s Jonathan Ive Is Now a Knight

As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson “God particle,” one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks. Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr … Continue reading → FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Apple Now Has Its Very Own Knight on Staff

You might recognize Apple‘s senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive from such past accomplishments as the mastermind behind, well, pretty much single every iDevice, but he’s now a knight too. The 44-year-old Steve Jobs protégé — Jony if you will — said he was  “both humbled and sincerely grateful” to accept his new title as […]

State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue. If government budgets were once an eye-glazing topic, they moved to […]

Gearing up for an app-friendly New Years celebration

Every New Year’s Eve starts so poetically, doesn’t it? You wake up, excited for the party in the evening and contemplating potential resolutions you’re making with yourself. This is the year you’ll get your stuff together, work out more, be a better person, maybe donate a few weekends to a local soup kitchen. By the […]

Typical Android User is Anything But Typical [INFOGRAPHIC]

As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson “God particle,” one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks. Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr … Continue reading → FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Uninsured turn to daily deal sites for health care

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist he didn’t need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon. Stella, a small business owner, canceled his health insurance plan more than three years ago when his premium rose to more than $400 a month. He considered himself healthy and […]

Twitter Is Down

As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson “God particle,” one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks. Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr … Continue reading → FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Top 15 Most Shocking Social Media Disasters of 2011

As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson “God particle,” one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks. Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr … Continue reading → FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

The 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011

We’ve all heard about crazy lawsuits and 2011 was no exception when it came to the filing of frivolous – even ridiculous – lawsuits. A lawsuit by a kidnapper against his victims for not helping him evade police tops the U.S. Chamber of Commerce‘s Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the Top Ten Most […]

Top 10 Health & Happiness Lessons of 2011

A lengthy job search promotes worry, stress and anger, but a bad job is worse for happiness than no job at all. Those findings are on the Gallup polling agency’s list of most compelling findings about health and happiness in 2011. The agency queries tens of thousands of Americans every year about their health, well-being […]

Uncork With Care, Eye Experts Warn

A bus driver in southern China who contracted the bird flu virus died Saturday, health authorities said, in the nation’s first reported human case of the deadly disease in 18 months. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Britain reviews data on French breast implants

BEIJING (Reuters) – A man in southern China’s Guangdong province died of bird flu Saturday a week after being admitted to hospital with a fever, state media reported. The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms on December 21 and was admitted to a hospital on … FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

We should only eat meat on feast days to help tackle obesity, says Government food adviser

By Charles Walford Last updated at 1:37 PM on 30th December 2011 We should return to ancient traditions and only eat meat on feast days to help tackle obesity, a government food adviser has claimed. Our meat consumption is ‘out of control’, according to Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, London. He […]

Nightmare neighbours could have benefits cut under new plan to tackle anti-social behaviour

By Leon Watson Last updated at 1:37 PM on 30th December 2011 Nightmare neighbours could lose more than £500 a year in benefits under a pioneering council plan. More than 23,000 people in Westminster have been warned their council tax benefit in future is likely to be linked to how they act. The central London […]

Porn, gambling, inciting violence and vulgar language: What police officers and civil servants have been getting up to online

Two officers sacked, seven quit, 150 disciplined over inappropriate photos or comments in four years Dozens of government officials also taken to task for using Facebook and making defamatory remarks By Simon Tomlinson Last updated at 3:48 PM on 30th December 2011 Dozens of government officials and police officers have been disciplined for accessing pornography, […]

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