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Thousands rally in Syria to defy the President

Over 10,000 mourners took over the Syrian city of Homs on Monday to protest the death of the 14 protesters by the Syrian government killed the day before.
The mourners initially offered traditional prayers and chants for the deceased, but the prayers turned into chants for freedom and anti-government regimes, according to the New York Times.
Although the number cannot be confirmed, Al Jazeera reported 25 dead in the city, with 30 dead around the country, according to the LA Times.
A citizen of Homs thought more than 20 had died in Homs from the protests, and another 30 more from surrounding villages, according to the LA Times.
Although the police has fired into the crowd and dispersed tear-gas, protests have not stopped, according to the New York Times.
Though many of the protesters are injured from the police shootings, they are afraid to go to local hospitals for fear of being arrested, an eye-witness noted in the New York Times.
As a result, many injured protesters have died in their homes, or are secretly seeking treatment away from the police at the hospitals so they can continue protesting, according to the New York Times.

Carcinogens injected into wells

Millions of gallons of poisonous chemicals and known carcinogens have been injected into our wells and water system by leading oil companies into the water systems of 13 different states.
In a report by three house democrats reported Saturday that between 2005 and 2009, the report found 29 known toxins and carcinogens, according to the New York Times.
Many of the toxins found are supposed to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, according to the LA Times.
They entered the system through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, which is an unpopular technique to help pull natural gas out the ground, according to the New York Times.
The process of hydrofracking is extremely unregulated, and the report accused the companies of "injecting fluids containing chemicals that they themselves cannot identify", according to the New York Times.
An energy attorney criticized the report, saying the numbers were not likely accurate, according to the New York Times.

Suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills Police Chief

A suicide bomber of the Taliban killed the Kandahar police chief and two police officers with an explosive vest on Thursday.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the murder/suicides, according to the LA Times.
Kandahar's Police Chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid was very popular with the Kandahari people, and had survived two previous assassination attempts by the Taliban, according to the LA Times.
Mujahid knew everyone in Kandahar and was previously very successful with preventing acts of terrorism, which made him an target of the Taliban, according to the New York Times.
Mujarhid's assassination was the third killing of Kundahar's police chief by Taliban forces since 2005 and Afghanistan's President has promised the Taliban retribution, according to the New York Times.

Suicide bombings in Pakistan kills 42, injures more

Twin suicide bombings at a sufi shrine compound in Pakistan Sunday night killed 42, while wounding more than 100.
The attack occured at the Sufi shrine of Sakhi Sarwar, outside of Dera Ghazi Khan.
Sufi shrines are often targeted by Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups which consider the strain of Islam to be heresy.
Reuters reported that Tehreek-e-Taliban, or Movement of Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the New York Times.
More than 1,000 worshippers had gathered at the shrine when the suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests, according to the LA Times.
The third suicide bomber's vest did not detonate entirely, leaving him wounded and writhing on the scene while rescue workers treated him, according to the New York Times.
Although more than 75 percent of Pakistan's population belong to the Barelvi belief of Islam, the harder lined Deobandis consider the Barelvi's heretics, and often attack them, according to the New York Times.
Despite attempts at shrine security, Taliban attacks are common in Pakistan, according to the LA Times.

Jennie-O Recalls 55,000 Turkey Burgers

The Jennie-O turkey store in Willmar recalled 55,000 pounds of turkey burgers that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Jennie-O said that the product was distributed nationwide but only sold to Sam's Club, according to the Star Tribune.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.
So far, 12 people have gotten salmonella poisioning, from 10 different states, according to the Pioneer Press.

Germany's beloved polar bear dies at age 4

Knut, Berlin's famous polar bear, is mourned at his zoo with flowers and grievers, after dying unexpectedly on Saturday. He was 4.
Knut became famous when his twin brother died after birth and his mother abandoned him, according to the New York Times.
A devoted zoo care-giver camped outside the zoo in Berlin to give the button-eyed cub his bottle every two hours, according to the New York Times.
While a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of the polar bear's sudden death, according to the LA Times.
To those who met Knut were charmed, and Knut had fans around the world. Knut's caregivers were comforted by the amount of mourners, knowing he was a special bear, according to the LA Times.
A memorial fund has been opened in honor of the memory of Knut, which will be devoted to funding the preservation of polar bear habitats.

Death Toll in Japan Rises

Japan's death toll continues to climb into the ten-thousands with millions of people displaced after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and partial meltdowns that have occurred across Japan.
Many survivors have been rescued, but entire villages have disappeared from the muddy waters of the tsunami, according to the New York Times.
Radiation levels are again over their legal limits after two partial meltdowns at nuclear power plants, as they could not be shut down fast enough after the quakes to prevent the effects, according to the LA Times.
Countries have been sending over as much aid as possible from Germany to the United States, even New Zealand despite their recent earthquake, according to the New York Times.
The death toll continues to worsen as they contact more villages and survivors, with about 5,000 houses swept away in the tsunami in Rikuzentakata, and over 7,000 houses fully submerged in Yamada, according to the New York Times.
The magnitude of Japan's quake has been estimated at 9.0 on the Richter scale, Japan's largest on record.
The full extent of these disasters is still not fully known.

Wisconsin Situation Worsens, Layoffs and Arrests Issued

Wisconsin's senate voted today to order the missing 14 democratic senators back to the Capitol by Thursday or face being taken into custody by police, while governor Scott Walker announced he would issue the layoffs for 1500 state workers if his bill had not passed by then.
Walker said that he would not compromise with the senators on either the elimination of collective bargaining rights in the bill or on anything that saves the state money, according to an interview with the Associated Press.
If the 14 democratic senators, who have been taking refuge in Illinois, do not return by 4:30 p.m. Thursday and are in Wisconsin, then the State Sargent at Arms can force the senators to the Senate Chamber for being "in contempt and disorderly behavior", according to the Star Tribune.
Walker's layoffs are dependent on the bill not being passed, but if the bill does pass, state workers would be forced to pay $330 million over the next two years for their benefits, while forcing them to give up collective bargaining rights and eliminating over $1 billion in aid to schools, according to the Pioneer Press.
Many do not believe that the senators have intentions of returning today, but Governor Walker is still "cautiously optimistic" that they can get this done, according to the Star Tribune.

Obama Administration Shifts View of Gay Marriage

President Barack Obama has announced he will no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, merely 2 months after repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.
The Defense of Marriage Act, which allows the federal government to not recognize gay partnerships, has been declared unconstitutional and discriminatory, and the government will no longer enforce it, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced Thursday.
After two years of enforcing the act, Obama's decision to rule the marriage act unconstitutional marks a new change for both the US administration and for Obama's personal views, according to the LA Times.
While the government will not mandate that every state allows gay marriage as only five states and the district of colombia do now, it will now be a federally recognized institution, according to the
This is a turning point for Obama's personal views on gay and lesbian equality, and while many criticize the decision, many Americans are supporting the decision to not discriminate to anyone based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Libyan government and people fight it out

Colonal Quaddafi's son announces to Libya that they are not prepared to give up, that they will fight til the end.
Quaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, who gave a brief speech on Libyan television at 1 a.m. Monday morning, was the first real piece of information to come out of Libya since the protests began and the government cut off all internet, all phone service, and denied any foreign reporter coverage, according to the New York Times. Qaddafi's son also emphasized that Libya was not Tunisia or Egypt, and that if they think they can throw off their government, they will just get a civil war from their protesting.
Quaddafi's son gave his speech in response to the growing protests in Benghazi and Tripoli, where snipers have been shooting protesters, according to the LA Times.
Human rights groups now believe Libya's death toll has risen over 200, with many hundreds more wounded.

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