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Mexican-American singer feared dead in plane crash

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A small plane that crashed in northern Mexico Sunday is believed to have been carrying popular Mexican-American singer and reality show star Jenni Rivera, 43, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The plane, which was carrying six people in addition to Rivera, was discovered in a mountainous area south of Monterrey late Sunday. There were no survivors.

A government spokesman said the plane left Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. and was scheduled for arrival outside Mexico City an hour later, the Associated Press reported. But aviation authorities lost contact with the plane about 10 minutes after takeoff.

Rivera, known as "Diva de la Banda," was born in Long Beach, Calif., the Associated Press reported. She is the daughter of Pedro Rivera, who launched an independent record label in 1987, the Los Angeles Times reported. Rivera's four brothers are also involved in the music industry -- her brother Lupillo Rivera is a popular singer.

Rivera, who has five children and two grandchildren, was reportedly seeking a divorce from her third husband, former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, the Associated Press reported.

Nurse who took royal prank call found dead

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Two Australian radio hosts prank-called the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated this week and elicited information about her from one nurse after their call was answered by another.

The nurse who answered the call, 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead Friday, the New York Times reported. Her death was apparently a suicide.

The radio hosts, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, called King Edward VII's hospital Tuesday morning and posed as Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, the New York Times reported. After Saldanha answered the call, she directed them to another nurse who they tricked into revealing information about the Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant and was being treated for severe morning sickness.

According to the BBC
, Saldanha, who is married and the mother of two, was not disciplined by the hospital and the royal family did not complain about the incident.

Rhys Holleran, chief executive of the company that owns the station that broadcast the show, said the event is "tragic," the BBC reported. But, he added, "I think that prank calls as a craft in radio had been going on for decades. They are done worldwide and no-one could reasonably have foreseen what happened."

According to the BBC, the station, 2Day FM, has suspended all advertisements until Monday and has taken Greig and Christian's show off the air until further notice.

Asperger's disorder to be dropped from psychiatric manual

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"Asperger's disorder" was dropped this week from the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual, representing -- along with other revisions -- the first change in almost 20 years, the Associated Press reported.

The diagnostic guide is used in different ways across a number of nations, the BBC reported. According to the Associated Press, the manual affects who receives treatment, what insurance companies will cover and which students qualify for special education.

Asperger's will be incorporated under the new umbrella term "autism spectrum disorder," the Associated Press reported. Many healthcare experts already use the term, which encompasses mild to severe autism.

While some are concerned that Asperger's being dropped will prevent children previously diagnosed with the disorder from receiving treatment or being able to enroll in special education, the implementation of an umbrella term may have the opposite effect, the Associated Press reported.

In some states and school systems, children diagnosed with Asperger's were not provided with services, or received fewer services than those diagnosed with autism. Now, anyone previously diagnosed with Asperger's will fall under the new autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and be treated accordingly.

Another change to the manual is the addition of "disruptive mood disregulation disorder," a diagnosis for unusually bad and frequent temper tantrums, the Associated Press reported. According to the BBC, supporters of the addition say it will address the high number of children being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Taliban strike U.S. base in Afghanistan

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Taliban fighters attacked a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Sunday, instigating a two-hour battle that killed at least 16, the New York Times reported.

After 3 car bombs were detonated near the entrance to the base, fighters disguised in coalition military uniforms attempted to enter the base, the New York Times reported. According to the Telegraph, Nato helicopters repelled the attackers.

The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attack, the New York Times reported, saying they killed "tens" of forces. But according to the New York Times, they frequently overstate their inflicted casualties.

According to the Telegraph, this "at least the third" major assault on a base in Afghanistan this year, but apparently caused less damage than previous attacks.

Fighting, which started around 6 a.m., ending around 8:30 a.m. All of the attackers were killed.

Ikea admits to using forced labor in 1980s

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Ikea, the Swedish-owned home goods company popular for its low prices, admitted Friday to using East German political prisoners for forced labor in the 1980s, the New York Times reported.

A report by Ernst and Young found that Ikea knowingly used and benefited from forced labor, the New York Times reported. The report was commissioned by Ikea in May, following accusations that forced labor was used with employee knowledge.

According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators examined 100,000 documents from Ikea and Germany, interviewed 90 people and set up a tip hotline.

Jeanette Skjelmose, Ikea's sustainability manager, expressed the company's regret in a statement. The company said it will donate funds to research on forced labor in East Germany, the LA Times reported.

According to the New York Times, Ikea is not the first company revealed to have used East German forced labor, though the actual number is not known.

Israel broadens Gaza bombing

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Israel continued bombing of Palestine's Gaza Strip Saturday, extending the reach of attacks to government buildings and destroying the headquarters of the Hamas prime minister, the New York Times reported.

The attacks mark the fourth day of conflict between the two countries, Al Jazeera reported. Forty-five people in Gaza and 3 in Israel have been confirmed dead.

Between Wednesday and early Saturday evening, Israel had struck about 950 targets in Gaza and Palestine had struck 400 targets in Israel, Al Jazeera reported.

The White House continues to support Israel, the New York Times reported.

"We believe Israel has a right to defend itself and they'll make their own decisions about the tactics that they use in that regard," said Ben Rhodes, the U.S. deputy national security adviser.

According to Al Jazeera, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem -- both Israeli population centers -- have been attacked. According to the New York Times, Israel has taken steps for a possible ground invasion.

Second earthquake strikes Myanmar

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An earthquake struck northern Myanmar early Monday, hours after a previous earthquake that killed at least 12 people, Al Jazeera reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred about 84 miles north of the country's central city of Mandalay, Al Jazeera reported.

The initial earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck at 7:42 a.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reported. According to Al Jazeera, a monastery and partially-built bridge were damaged.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has had difficulty with natural disaster response in the past. In a 2008 cyclone, 140,000 people were killed, the Associated Press reported. According to Al Jazeera, 70 people were killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in March 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Myanmar next Sunday, the Associated Press reported. He will be the first American president to do so.

BBC director resigns

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The BBC's director, George Entwistle, resigned Saturday night after a report aired the previous week wrongly implicated a former politician in a pedophile scandal, the New York Times reported.

The report, which was broadcast Nov. 2, was featured in the prominent BBC program "Newsnight." A man interviewed in the program said he experienced abuse at a care home in the 1970s, Reuters reported. The man said Friday that he misidentified Alistair McAlpine as his assailant.

Newsnight reporters admitted they did not contact McAlpine for comment before airing the program, Reuters reported. According to the New York Times, upon resigning Entwistle said the journalistic standards used in the report were "unacceptable."

The BBC is already mired in another child-abuse scandal after the revelation last month that former television host Jimmy Savile assaulted perhaps hundreds of minors, including some on BBC premises, the New York Times reported.

The network was accused of attempting to cover up the accusations against Savile by cancelling a Newsnight report on him last year, the New York Times reported.

U.S. airman accused of punching Japanese boy

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An American airman allegedly broke into an apartment on Okinawa and punching a 13-year-old boy before attempting to escape through a window, the New York Times reported.

According to police, the 24-year-old man broke into an apartment early Friday morning and punched one of the two boys sleeping inside. The man had apparently been drinking at a bar on the ground floor of the building and allegedly became violent before going up to the third-floor apartment, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the New York Times, the airman was apparently in violation of a curfew set last month for the 52,000 U.S. troops on the island after two U.S. sailors were accused of raping a woman there.

Crimes by members of the U.S. military on Okinawa are of concern to the island residents, along with the noise and pollution that the bases produce, the New York Times reported. Three-quarters of American military bases in Japan are on Okinawa.

Though American officials said they would cooperate with an investigation, the governor of Okinawa said the incident threatens the alliance between the U.S. and Japan.

"You can only conclude that they are fracturing the alliance," he was quoted as saying in the daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun, according to the New York Times.

Arrest made in BBC sex abuse case

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British police arrested a man Sunday in connection with a sexual abuse case related to popular BBC host Jimmy Savile, the New York Times reported.

Although police did not identify the man, saying only he was in his 60s, British media including the BBC and Press Association identified 68-year-old former pop star Gary Glitter, CBS News reported.

According to the New York Times, Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is a convicted pedophile. He was imprisoned for three years in Vietnam for sexually abusing two young girls.

The case surrounding Savile, who died last year at 84, is a growing police investigation known as Operation Yewtree, according to the New York Times. As of last week, more than 300 people had reported to British police that Savile assaulted them. According to CBS, police said Savile is among the worst sex offenders in recent history.

Both Savile and Gadd are accused of abusing children in the BBC's studios, the New York Times reported.

"If any BBC employee is shown to be involved, then there would be a nosedive in public trust," said Roy Greenslade, a professor at City University in London, according to CBS. "But nothing at the moment has been proven."

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