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Taliban Insurgents Raid Afghan Prison, Free Hundreds of Inmates

Taliban free Afghan prisonrsAn Afghan official says that more than 350 inmates have escaped after an attack by the Taliban insurgents on the main prison in eastern Ghazni province.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy provincial governor of Ghazni, said Monday that insurgents wearing military uniforms launched a well-organized attack to free the inmates.

Ahmadi says the attack was started by a suicide bomber that then allowed other insurgents to get inside the compound.


Crowdfunding Campaign Ruled A Scam, Must Pay Back Victims

Crowdfunding campaign a fraudA Kickstarter campaign must repay money collected from supporters after failing to make good on promises and other rewards.

The Washington state Attorney General’s office ordered Atlius Management owner Ed Polchlopek III to pay $54,841 in restitution and civil consumer protection penalties to the state and 31 Washingtonian backers of the Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter campaign.


NSA leaker Edward Snowden receives Norwegian freedom of expression honor

Snowden awaeded Norway prizeNSA leaker Edward Snowden received a prize Saturday from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression.

The former National Security Agency systems analyst received a standing ovation as a statuette and diploma were put on an empty chair during the award ceremony in the western Norway town of Molde.


Wes Craven, US horror filmmaker, dies aged 76

Wes CravenAmerican horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76.

A statement released by his family said Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer.

Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. His Scream franchise grossed over $300m (£195m) in the US alone.


Pope Francis Blesses a Lesbian, Her Family, and Her Writing For Kids

Pope Francis blesses lesbianOne of the most challenging jobs on the planet must surely be doing public relations for Pope Francis.  The unscripted pope likes to speak his mind and doesn’t always seem to be playing by the same rule book as his clergy.  

The latest in a long list of dust-ups came this week when Francis apparently gave his blessing to Francesca Pardi, a children’s book author who happens to be lesbian and who has a title on the list of banned books in the Venice school district that has sparked a feud between Venice mayor Luigi Bugnaro and the likes of Elton John.


Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies, aged 82

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, diesDr. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as 'Awakenings' and 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,' died on Sunday at the age of 82.

The British-born Sacks, who announced in February 2015 that he had terminal liver cancer, died at his home in New York City, his longtime personal assistant Kate Edgar confirmed.


Ohio Cop Pulls Over Black Man Who 'Made Direct Eye Contact' With Him

John Felton pulled over for eye contact with copEarlier this month, a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, tailed a man by the name of John Felton for two miles, then pulled him over for failing to use a turn signal 100 feet prior to making his turn. To be clear: Felton used a turn signal, but he apparently didn't put it on early enough.

Only after handing over a written warning did the officer acknowledge the real reason he'd pulled over Felton, a black man who was driving a car with out-of-state plates: He had "made direct eye contact" with the officer.


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