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NYC Driver Chased, Beaten By Biker Mob

NYC Driver Chased, Beaten By Biker Mob
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What started as a minor fender-bender between an SUV and a motorcycle on a New York City highway turned into chaos after the driver was reportedly surrounded and beaten by a mob of angry motorcyclists. And it was all caught on video by a biker’s helmet cam. Read more on Newser…

Toll Hits 59 In Kenya Mall Attack

Toll Hits 59 In Kenya Mall Attack

The attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants al-Shabab yesterday at an upscale mall in Nairobi has now killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya’s interior secretary said today. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted this morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. “The priority is to save as many lives as possible,” Joseph Lenku said, reassuring the families of hostages in the upscale Westgate mall. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said. Lenku said there are 10 to 15 attackers involved, and Kenyan forces have control of the security cameras inside the mall. Read more on Newser…

Amanda Knox: I Can’t Go Back

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Amanda Knox won’t be returning to Italy for her retrial, she confirmed in an interview today. “It’s not a possibility,” she told Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”. “I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can’t relive that.” When Lauer asked if she were worried that would look like an admission of guilt, she replied, “I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest. … It’s common sense not to go back.” Read more at Newser…

France Wants To Ban “Hypersexual” Kid Beauty Pageants

In what the non-tiara-wearing crowd would call a pretty awesome move, France’s Senate has voted to ban child beauty pageants. Under the measure, which must still be approved by the lower house of parliament, organizing such competitions is prohibited, and anyone who enters a child under the age of 16 in a beauty contest would face as much as two years in prison and $40,000 in fines, the AP reports. The author of the amendment says she is fighting the “hypersexualization” of children. Read more at Newser…

Report: 4 Dead, 8 Shot At DC Navy Yard

Report: 4 Dead, 8 Shot At DC Navy Yard

Four people have been killed and at least eight are injured in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, a US Navy public affairs director is confirming. The Navy itself is reporting fatalities, though it won’t say how many. The shooter is described as “contained,” and is believed to have barricaded himself somewhere on the Yard. He is described as a roughly 6-foot-tall black man wearing a black shirt and a black hat, and is reportedly carrying multiple guns. The Navy says it can’t confirm reports of multiple shooters. Read more on Newser…

Woman Reads Library Book, Realizes Author Is Her Sister

Woman Reads Library Book, Realizes Author Is Her Sister

What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn’t named by NPR, who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her 1995 1,100-mile West Coast hike with the now-extra appropriate subhead From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. As a bestseller and the first pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, it led to a flood of correspondence from fans—including an email she read this summer from a woman who “was just halfway into chapter one when she said she sat bolt upright in bed and realized that we had the same father,” Strayed tells NPR. Read more on Newser…

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