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  • Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
    Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey's Cumberland County said on Wednesday. Barrett Griner IV, of Bridgeton, said he opened a jury summons on Friday addressed to "IV Griner," the name of his 5-year-old dog. "I got mail for my dog." The court did not actually request that a dog serve on a jury, said Mark Sprock, the local trial court administrator. …

  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

    Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

    Associated Press - 20 hours ago
    Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. …

  • North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader's hair

    North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader's hair

    Reuters - 23 hours ago
    North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader's hair

    North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain's Foreign Office asking it to stop what it calls a "provocation". A hair salon in west London put up a giant poster of the North Korean leader in its window after reading unconfirmed media reports that men in the reclusive Asian state had been ordered to have the same hairdo. 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April." …

  • Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

    Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

    By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her …

  • US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
    US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a naked woman lying on a bed with a toy airplane between her legs, said Davien Anderson, spokesman for US Airways. By Tuesday morning, the apology had been retweeted nearly 13,000 times and social media was flooded …

  • Ayungin dilemma Ramon Casiple - Parallaxis
    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. …

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao VERA Files - The Inbox
    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → …

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → …