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A year after last year's tsunami in March, a boy's football was found in Alaska and will be returned to its rightful owner, a Japanese 16-year-old, according to BBC News.

Misaki Murakami who lives in Rikuzen-takata had his name written on the ball, which was a gift from his friends. Murakami has no other known belongings from the tsunami incident, BBC News reported.

Associated Press reported that the ball was a goodbye gift in 2005 when he was changing schools.

The couple who found the ball, David and Yumi Baxter won't deliver the ball directly because they are "reluctant to visit him" and afraid of causing too much of a commotion, according to Associated Press.

Australian toads subjected to mass slaughter

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Cane toads, first introduced to Australian as a pest control is now become a pest, according to Fox News.

The number of Cane toads in Australia is about 200 million already and they were first brought in about 75 years ago, according to BBC News.

According to Fox News, there is an event called "Toad's Day Out" which involves inviting the public in helping to exterminate them

A man showed signs of life as he being loaded into the coroner's vehicle after he crashed his car in the Melbourne region of Australia on Monday, according to The Australian.

An hour earlier, the 30-year-old Hawthorn man was announced dead by paramedics who were on the scene.

According to The Windsor, it was State Emergency volunteers who detected a "feeble pulse" on the man who crashed his Porsche.

Simon Thompson, Ambulance Victoria regional manager, told The Australian that an "internal inquiry" will provide answers to how the mistake occurred.

Thompson also said that the paramedics on the scene were both quite experienced.

The 30-year-old was hanging upside-down in his Porsche for about an hour or so, Thompson said, before being removed and covered in plastic on the ground. There, he laid for about another hour.

He was believed to be dead over those two hours until his pulse was discovered, tow truck operator Trevor Oliver said.

The man was taken to a Melbourne hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Taiwanese woman dies during Facebook chat

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A woman in Taiwan "killed herself" while chatting online to friends through Facebook by inhaling suffocating toxins, police said Tuesday, according to USA Today.

A 31-year-old woman by the name of Claire Lin committed suicide on her birthday, March 18. Her family had no idea of the Facebook conversations she had shortly before and during her death, authorities said.

USA Today reported included Lin's last words, in Chinese, that were: "Too late. My room is filled with fumes. I just posted another picture. Even while I'm dying, I still want FB (Facebook). Must be FB poison. Haha."

She was found dead the next day at her apartment by her boyfriend. Posting on her Facebook implied that there were relationship issues going on that contributed to her suicide, according to USA Today.

Lin had posted messages on Facebook as well as photos of charcoal burning in her stove during the incident, USA Today wrote. The police reported stated that cause of death was suffocation from noxious fumes.

However, an article on MSN News identified the woman as Lin Mei-heng and reported that she posted the messages and pictures on March 17.

After the 2011 tsunami, a Japanese fishing boat has been found off of the coast of British Columbia, according to the CBS News.

An government airplane had spotted the large vessel, 50 feet long in length, about 160 miles west of Haida Gwaii, according to Jeff Olsson of Victoria's Joint Rescue Coordination center, CBS reported.

The Montreal Gazette stated that the boat was a squid-fishing boat, but that it is 150 feet long, along with additional information stating that the ship is right-side-up.

Both articles stated that the ship has no passengers on board; the Montreal Gazette reported that the ship's owner, who was found by linking the hull numbers back to him, confirmed that nobody was believed to be on the ship at the time it drifted out to sea.

Kenya bus attacks kills six

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Explosive devices, believed by police to have potentially been grenades, killed six passengers and injured 69 others, according to The Guardian.

The attack, which occurred Saturday night, was reported by police to have involved three explosive devices that were thrown at a group of people waiting at a bus stop in Nairobi, thrown from a passing moving vehicle.

George Saitoti, the internal security minister of Kenya (whose status was not mentioned in the Boston.com article on the incident) stated that investigative authorities covering the attack believe those behind on the attack are sympathizers with Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militia.

"The group has been linked to a string of attacks on Kenyan soil since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October," The Guardian wrote.

A difference between the two articles is the number of injured people. The Guardian wrote that 69 people were injured, and Boston.com reported that Saitoti stated that 63 were injured.

Japanese invent gun that prevents speech

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Two Japanese researchers have recently developed a gun that is able to stop someone from speaking mid-sentence, according to the Washington Post.

Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu University who made the gun said that the device can silence someone from talking more than 100 feet away, the Post reports.

"In general, human speech is jammed by giving back to the speakers their own utterances at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stopping speaking," Kurihara and Tsukada wrote in a research paper describing the portable gun, according to The Telegraph.au.

Initially, the researchers intended the device to be used in hushed spaces, like libraries. But also in that paper they wrote that it can be used to silence people who speak during important speeches and hush meaningless noises.

Extremetech.com comments that this gun was made basically "to enforce 'proper' conversations."

Controversial talk bout the invention of this speech-silencing gun concern the rights of free speech.

16 army personnel and three others were trapped in a military camp that was encased under two massive avalanches that hit in Indian Kashmir, according to Washington Post.

Both avalanches occurred on Wednesday night, Washington Post said. Officials told the Hindustan Times they began around 10 p.m.

Three soldiers were killed in Sonamarg and 13 more were killed in a separate avalanche at an army camp in Dawar, according to Col. K.S. Grewal.

According to the Hindustan Times, this is the worst natural disaster since last winter when 17 soldiers were trapped under snow at the High Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg.

Honduras prison fire killed more than 300 hundred

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The world's deadliest prison fire in the century, with 358 confirmed deaths so far, occurred Tuesday night in Honduras, according to Associated Press.

Local Comayugua Gov. Paola Castro received a phone call from an inmate threatening to set the Comayagua prison on fire. Castro said she notified the Red Cross and fire brigade minutes after the phone call.

The New York Times reported that by the time the first round of rescuers arrived at around 11:30 p.m., the fire had already been ablaze for 40 minutes.

"We were asleep when we suddenly heard the screams of people on fire," a surivivor said on the Televicentro televison network who were outside the prison, the Times reported.

Both articles emphasized the fact that the Comayagua prison, was overcrowded and at double capacity. 856 prisoners were packed into barracks, Supreme Court Justice Richard Ordonez told AP. Ordonez is leading the fire investigation.

Many bodies remain unidentified due to incineration, NY Times reported. The Times also noted that prison riots and fires are not uncommon for Hondurus. After a riot in 2003 in a Honduran prison, the government supposedly promised to improve the system, according to a government report. However, a fire sparked in another overcrowded prison" and "killed more than 100 prisoners.

AP reported that officials have not been able to improve prison conditions because they lack sufficient funds.

Custody battle between a gay man and his lesbian ex-wife

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A gay man fights for partial custody of his son with his lesbian ex-wife and her partner, demanding for overnight and holiday contact, Parent Dish reports.

The Telegraph reports that the father and mother had a "marriage of convenience," and are now divorced. Neither article provides names of the parents to protect their child's identity.

The father, mother, and her partner are highly-paid professionals, both The Telegraph and Parent Dish state, that live in central London.

The father claims he had always been more than a sperm doner and wishes to play a prominent role in his son's life. Parent Dish states that he had attended the child's birth.

The parents had a prior agreement before their child was born that the mother and her partner would be the "primary parents" within a 'two-parent, nuclear family," Parent Dish reports. They are very traditional in the way they want to raise their child.

Charles Howard QC told The Telegraph that the mother and her partner would have opted for an anonymous sperm doner had they known beforehand of the position the father would want to take.

However, in The Telegraph, it was stated the Charles Howard QC was for the mother's side while the Parent Dish states that he was on the father's side. The Telegraph also mentioned that Alex Verdan QC was for the father's side.

There is no confirmed date when the Appeal Court judges will make their decision.
The father currently has five hours of interaction a fortnight with his son.

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