Man releases snakes for revenge

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A North Indian farmer released more than two dozen poisonous snakes in a tax office Saturday after government officials blackmailed him.

The Basti, India man was frustrated with corrupt government officials promised him deeds for land to keep his snakes. The officers blackmailed him by saying that they would follow through if he provided some money on his end , reported CNN.

Video showed cobras slithering on the floor of the building as people tried to capture them with nets.

Afghan woman forced to marry her rapist.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai freed a rape victim convicted of adultery on the condition that she marry her attacker.

Gulnaz said in government documents that she agreed to the marriage although she didn't want to marry the man, reported BBC News.

After she was raped, she was charged with adultery. Gulnaz talked about the unfairness of her accusations.

"At first my sentence was two years," Gulnaz told BBC News. "When I appealed it became 12 years. I didn't do anything. Why should I be sentenced for so long?"

Moms multitask and stress more than dads

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Studies show that working mothers multitask and stress more than fathers, according to the American Sociological Review.

The study looked at 368 mothers and 241 fathers took part in the study, reported NPR.

"When the watch goes off, they fill out a form that says what are you doing," co-author of the study Barbara Schneider told NPR. "But not just what are you doing, but what else are you doing. And how do you feel about what you're doing. Would you rather be doing something else."

Mothers spent 10.5 more hours than fathers each week multitasking, reported NPR.
However, multitasking for fathers were more relieved multitasking than mothers. Mothers dubbed the hours they went home as the "arsenic hours," reported NPR.

Tweets to marriage

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A Minneapolis couple that followed each other 14 months ago were married yesterday.

Nora McInerny and Aaron Purmort planned a wedding in two weeks after Purmort underwent surgery for a brain tumor, reported Kare 11

The two met by following each other on Twitter 14 months ago that followed an in-person meeting, reported Kare 11.

"He walked up to me probably 10 feet away from where we're sitting and said, 'you're Nora McInerny,'" McInery told Kare 11 of their first meeting.


After suffering two seizures at work in October, and later finding out about his brain tumor, the couple decided to tie the knot.

"It was just unimaginable to wait any longer, everything just had a new sense of meaning and urgency," McInerny told Kare 11.


Bounty set for coyotes in Minnesota

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Chippewa County placed a $10 bounty for each coyote killed.

The sound of chickens and cattle tintilated the ears as Dave Soehrn told MPR about the failings of the bounty. playfully tackled the subject that investigated the effectiveness of the bounty.

"Historically, they just really weren't effective," Dave Stern told MPR about the bounty.

Chippewa County hopes that other counties join in their bounty efforts, reported MPR.

Start ups prove difficult

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A Minneapolis arts patron's launch for an indie-film studio caused a few bumps in the road, despite a seemingly perfect fit.

Elizabeth Redleaf had deep pockets and a long history of movie-love, reported the Star Tribune.

In three years, she became the state's second-biggest producer, with five movies in three years, reported the Star Tribune.

"While Redleaf has won praise for her philanthropic work in the Twin Cities, her journey into the world of moviemaking has been as bruising as her swan dive into the bushes," reported the Star Tribune.

Despite her love for movies and her capability to fund projects, collaboration and cooperation have been difficult, reported Star Tribune.

Her eyes captured audiences on the cover of National Geographic 17 years ago, and today, her eyes still capture the soul.

Steve McCurry's photo of Sharbat Gula, a Pashtun, made an unexpected impact, reported National Geographic.

"I didn't think the photograph of the girl would be different from anything else I shot that day,"McCurry told National Geographic.

Today, her eyes burn with the same ferocity as they did in 1985, reported the National Geographic, despite war and peace.

Her hardships marked her face like postage stamps, reported the National Geographic.

"She has had a hard life," McCurry told National Geographic.

Occupy Minnesota protestors move on to foreclosed homes

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People exchanged cordial greetings and their reasons for protesting within the walls of foreclosed homes Saturday night in attempts to keep the protest alive.

Despite police trying to quiet protesters, the Occupy protests continued within foreclosed houses, reported City Pages.

a few dozen protestors moved into a foreclosed home to shed light on the crisis of foreclosed homes in the economic crisis, reported City Pages.

"There isn't enough transparency in the world," photojournalist Kendra Sundvall told City Pages.

Target and McDonald's and Target were two of the major corporations that dropped an Iowa egg supplier this week after reports of animal cruelty.

An undercover video depicting unsanitary conditions and animal cruelty to the chickens in the Sparboe egg facility caused the drop-out, reported CNN International.

Sparboe was a major producer for these companies, and produced over 2 million eggs each day for McDonald's alone, reported Newsday


"I was deeply saddened to see the story because this isn't who Sparboe Farms is. Acts depicted in the footage are totally unacceptable and completely at odds with our values as egg farmers. In fact, they are in direct violation of our animal care code of conduct, which all of our employees read, sign and follow each day," Sparboe Schnell told CNN International.

Sparboe started investigation after learning about the undercover video from an animal-activist group, reported CNN International

It's not the cup of tea, it's the coffee

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Deciding how where and what to get when it comes to coffee can prove difficult.

Kelefa Sanneh from The New Yorker struggled through this challenge in the streets of Times Square, in the attempts to find a perfect cup of coffee.


"brewing a proper cup of coffee is a lot harder than uncorking a bottle of wine and a lot easier than cooking dinner," Sanneh told The New Yorker.

For Sanneh, he went through great lengths to preserve his coffee ritual, even while traveling.

The article explored why hand grinding and other methods are so important to him.
"If you are staying in a B.&B., you can barge into their kitchen and insist on making coffee with your own gear. In my experience, they don't forbid that, though they don't necessarily appreciate it," Sanneh told The New Yorker