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Charming and Erratic, a Notorious Afghan Speaks

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:52 GMT // 0 Comments

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One of Afghanistan’s most notorious serial killers lives in a dank prison cell in Jalalabad, sharing bunk beds, meals and blankets with fellow inmates. But the guards do not carry weapons, and the prison aides spend much of their days socializing with the convicts. Shirin Gul, in a cell of the women’s […]

Gary Johnson At CPAC: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:48 GMT // 0 Comments

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — Typically, when a politician meets a reporter for an interview, decorum dictates that said politician offer up a bland pleasantry to break the ice. “Thanks for spending time with us!” or “Try to keep up!” are standard. When I meet former New Mexico governor and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson […]

Heartbreak as Scottish Championship side Cowdenbeath humiliated 10-0

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:25 GMT // 0 Comments

The game was 25 minutes old and the relegation threatened-side, ironically and lovingly nicknamed the Blue Brazil by Scottish football fans, had managed to shut-out their hosts and in-form opponents. Then, the goals began to arrive. Minutes 26, 27 and 29 saw Hearts Dutch striker Genero Zeefuik grab a quickfire hat-trick, the third after a […]

Terry Virts Tweets Touching Tribute To Leonard Nimoy From Outer Space

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:23 GMT // 0 Comments

While orbiting around Earth on the International Space Station, American astronaut Terry Virts took a minute to pay fitting tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at 83. The late actor’s home state of Massachusetts can be seen just to the right of Virts’ Vulcan salute. – — NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015

Rand Paul wins 2015 CPAC straw poll

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:18 GMT // 0 Comments

The closely watched survey of conference attendees represents a small but vocal faction of the Republican party, and the voters tend to be younger and libertarian leaning as many college students attend the gathering. Paul won in 2014 and 2013, and his father, a libertarian icon and former Texas congressman Ron Paul won in 2010 […]

Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Multiple Personalities In New Film

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:12 GMT // 0 Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio could play 24 different personalities in the upcoming film “The Crowded Room.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way and New Regency are coming together to produce it.Leonardo Dicaprio speaks at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards and CGCA Blue Carpet at Sheraton New York Times Square on Sept. […]

Venezuela’s Maduro Cracks Down On American Visitors

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:12 GMT // 0 Comments

(Refiled for wider distribution) CARACAS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some […]

Gulf countries relocating embassies in Yemen

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:55 GMT // 0 Comments

Sanaa is Yemen’s capital, but Houthi rebels have controlled the city for months. Hadi escaped a week ago after being under house arrest for a month following his resignation under pressure from the rebels. After fleeing to Aden in the south, he released a statement declaring he is still President of Yemen, and calling all […]

Margot Robbie Slapped Leonardo DiCaprio During Her ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Audition

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:26 GMT // 0 Comments

How does one break into Hollywood? For buzzy star Margot Robbie, it’s by slapping one of the world’s most famous celebrities. –Actress Margot Robbie attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 22, 2015, in Hollywood, California. | Ethan Miller via Getty Images H/T Celebuzz

Detained American Missionaries Leave Venezuela

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:19 GMT // 0 Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela — Four American missionaries who were held for three days and questioned by Venezuelan authorities were on their way home on Saturday. Bruce Dick, the pastor of the Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake, N.D., where the four missionaries are from, said that they arrived in Aruba, an island off the coast […]

Rand Paul Wins 2015 CPAC Straw Poll

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:16 GMT // 0 Comments

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. –Alex Wong via Getty Images Paul delivered a speech at CPAC on Friday, taking jabs at Hillary Clinton and criticizing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. His supporters walked out on Bush’s speech later that afternoon while […]

Netanyahu Takes Campaign Against Iran Deal To Jerusalem Holy Site

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:11 GMT // 0 Comments

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem’s sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue. His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism’s holiest sites was highly symbolic — […]

John Boehner Allies Fret Coup Attempt

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:10 GMT // 0 Comments

Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Read the whole story at Politico Getty

Excommunicated Mormon Kate Kelly Loses Final Appeal

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:54 GMT // 0 Comments

The co-founder of a Mormon women’s group who was excommunicated last year has lost her final appeal to regain membership in the Utah-based church. Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, addresses supporters outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Sunday, June 22, 2014, after saying “I will not be […]

Fertile Ground for Militancy in Hometown of Jihadi John

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:47 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — When Mohammed Emwazi went to the mosque, a short walk north from Notting Hill and its millionaire mansions, he would sometimes run into another young Muslim from the housing projects in his neighborhood in northwest London, Bilal al-Berjawi. The area in London where Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John, […]

Man Who Believes He Is A ‘Werewolf’ Who Killed A ‘Vampire’ Found Guilty Of Murder

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:42 GMT // 0 Comments

A California man is guilty of murder in a bizarre case wherein the suspect claimed he was a werewolf who killed a vampire. Atascadero man Mark Andrews, 51, went to his neighbor’s home and fatally shot her in the doorway with a rifle, a jury determined Friday. Andrews pleaded insanity in the 2013 killing of […]

Nemtsov killing: A chilling historical parallel?

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:32 GMT // 0 Comments

In Moscow on February 27, 2015, a lone gunman killed Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and a powerful and charismatic opposition leader who stood as an alternative to Vladimir Putin. In Leningrad on December 1, 1934, a lone gunman killed Sergey Kirov, a powerful Bolshevik who stood as an alternative to Josef Stalin. […]

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:31 GMT // 0 Comments

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the […]

Every Second Counts in Bid to Keep Sports Fans

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:23 GMT // 0 Comments

On a summer evening in Sydney in January, two former Grand Slam champions, John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter, played an abbreviated version of tennis. Rafter won the exhibition match by the strange and truncated score of 4-3, 4-1. (Illustration by Sam Manchester/The New York Times) “It’s whatever the crowd wants; whatever TV wants,” Rafter said […]

Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:23 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW — About two weeks before he was shot and killed in the highest-profile political assassination in Russia in a decade, Boris Y. Nemtsov met with an old friend to discuss his latest research into what he said was dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin. People remembered opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov on Saturday with […]

10 Best States For Business

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:12 GMT // 0 Comments

This story was originally published by 24/7 Wall St. While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate in the United States, deciding the state in which to base their operations can be very […]

Britain, Wary of Sanctions, Adds Pressure to Keep Russian From Buying Energy Unit

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:04 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — The British government on Saturday hardened its resistance to the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s attempt to buy the energy subsidiary of the German utility RWE. Mr. Fridman’s company, L1 Energy, agreed to a 5 billion euro deal with RWE last year, but its completion has been slowed by regulators’ concerns, especially in Britain, […]

Thousands Protest Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Bill At The State’s Capitol

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:04 GMT // 0 Comments

By Brendan O’Brien MADISON, Wis., Feb 28 (Reuters) – Wisconsin unions bussed in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which was approved by the Republican-led […]

The Worst States For Business

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:03 GMT // 0 Comments

Read the whole story at 24/7 Wall St.

Pirates Free 4 Fishermen in Somalia

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:01 GMT // 0 Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Four Thai fishermen held captive by Somali pirates for nearly five years, longer than any other hostages seized off the Somali coast, have been released after intensive negotiations, according to Somali and United Nations officials. The Thais, who were released on Wednesday, were among 24 members of the crew on the FV […]

William Shatner Tweets His Regrets That He Can’t Attend Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:42 GMT // 0 Comments

William Shatner took to Twitter on Saturday to express his regret over having to miss Leonard Nimoy’s funeral. Though the two “Star Trek” actors were very close friends, Shatner explained in a series of tweets that he won’t be able to attend Nimoy’s funeral on Sunday, due to a previous commitment to appear at the […]

William Shatner Tweets His Regrets That He Can’t Attend Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:42 GMT // 0 Comments

William Shatner took to Twitter on Saturday to express his regret over having to miss Leonard Nimoy’s funeral. Though the two “Star Trek” actors were very close friends, Shatner explained in a series of tweets that he won’t be able to attend Nimoy’s funeral on Sunday, due to a previous commitment to appear at the […]

Attack of the Student Hairdressers

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:42 GMT // 0 Comments

When my two eldest girls went off to college, I began to look for a part-time job. Through the grapevine, I heard of an opening for a part-time substitute teacher at a high school near home. I applied and was hired right away. What great good luck, I thought. Not only could I help pay […]

After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:39 GMT // 0 Comments

On Friday evening, Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, went on a prominent Moscow radio station to exhort his fellow citizens to come out to protest President Vladimir Putin’s policies. There would be a rally on Sunday, a spring march, to demonstrate against the deepening economic […]

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