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Stampede in Chinese middle school kills 8 students

BEIJING--A stampede on a school stairway in a central China killed 8 students and injured 26 more on Monday, said.


A student at Yucai Middle School tripped after evening study causing others to loose their balance and resulting in the death of eight children, said.


Seven boys and one girl died as others were seriously injured. The students were apart of a total of 400 students heading down a 4-foot-wide staircase.


The building had four exits, but most students were taking the closest stairway to their living quarters because it was raining heavily, Xinhua News Agency said

One student told Xinhua that two boys had intentionally blocked students near the bottom of the stairwell.

Nightclub fire kills over 100

MOSCOW-- A fire killed 102 people, injured 80 more and destroyed a nightclub early Saturday in Russia, said.


The Lame Horse, a club celebrating its eighth year in business, caught fire when fireworks were allegedly misused, said.


The club caught fire so quickly the exits were not able to be used as people were injured due to smoke inhalation.


"A lot of people were lying on the floor of the club," according to one young female witness. "


The incident was similar to two other nightclub fires, one in Moscow in 2007 and the other in Omsk in 2008, which were both terrorist attacks; this one is believed not to be one.


"The breach of technology while setting off a firework was the cause of the accident," spokesman for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor's Office, Vladimir Markin said, "It was not a terrorist act."

Two men executed for tainted milk

CHINA-Two men were executed for selling tainted milk on Tuesday, said.


Zhang Yujun and Geng Jiniping were executed for selling tainted milk with melamine, which killed at least six babies and 300,000 others, said.


Yujun, a dairy farmer, was executed for endangering public safety and Greg Jinping, the milk salesman, for producing and selling toxic food, the Xinhua News Agency said.


Melamine is used in coatings and laminates, wood adhesives, fabric coatings, ceiling tiles and flame retardants. It caused kidney stones and urinary tract problems with hundreds ot thousands of children, said.


A total of 21 people were tried in the scandal. Most received 15 years in prison

Puerto Rican gay teen found decapitated dismembered and burned

Murder charges were filed against a Puerto Rican suspect on Wednesday for killing a gay teen, said.


The body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19, was found on Puerto Rico Road 184 on Friday, decapitated and partially burned, said.


The suspect, Juan Martinez Matos, 26, was arrested on Monday. He allegedly confessed to Lopez's murder, said.


Matos met Lopez last Thursday while looking for women an area known for prostitution. Matos then killed Lopez after discovering he was a male, Prosecutor Jose Bermudez Santos said.


Lopez's murder has created a buzz among the gay community who believe the homicide was carried out of due to hatred.


''All the information we have is very clear that this is indeed a hate crime,'' National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spokesman, Pedro Julio Serrano said.

One of two missing U.S. soldiers found

KABUL--Military drivers found the one body out of two Wednesday after they had gone missing last week, said.

The body was found in a Afghan river, said. The two soldiers, from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, disappeared in the province of Bagdghis.


Local police believed their bodies were swept away by the river as they were retrieving supplies from a mission last week.


The search for the other paratrooper is ongoing, NATO said.

Two U.S. soldiers missing overseas

The search is on for two U.S. soldiers who went missing in Afghanastan on Wednesday, said.


The two paratroopers were doing a "routine resupply mission in western Afghanistan" before they disappeared, the NATO-led force in the country said Friday.


The soldiers were apart of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. They were working under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force. 25 ISAF and Afghan forces have been injured while searching for the missing soldiers, said.


"All available resources are being used to find the two missing paratroopers," brigade operations officer, Lt. Col. Guy said.


The soldiers disappeared near the border of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. They appeared to have gone missing in the Mofghab River, Sayed Ahmad Sami, the provincial police chief, said.


No further details have been released.

U.S. soldier injury rate is up from last year

Statistics show that more U.S. troops are sustaining injuries than last year in Afghanistan.


In a story from, over the past three months there has been over 1,000 injuries, almost one-fourth the amount of injuries since the beginning of the war in 2001.


With a combination of doubling the number of troops and October marking the deadliest month for troops, many hospitals are filled with injured soldiers and amputees.


Geoff Morell, a Pentagon Press secretary, noted that these casualties have increased compared to Iraq. Morell also said that violence in Afghanistan is strictly directed against U.S. and other coalition forces.

"It shows you how we are the targets and how effectively they are targeting us," Morell said.

Iran Delays Nuclear Ddecision

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Iran missed the deadline for a nuclear draft that would swap its uranium for nuclear material needed for medical use on Friday.


The plan was for the uranium to be sent to Russia to be processed in order to refuel the Tehran reactor be used for medicinal purposes and to remove its nuclear element the plan said.


Nations who did meet the deadline was the United States, Russia and France.


"I can't say it's positive. But it's nothing very surprising either," a European diplomat said.

Rio de Janeiro gets 2016 Summer Olympics

I was pretty surprised Thursday morning when I saw, live, Chicago get eliminated from a 2016 Olympic bid in the first round of voting.


Chicago is a beautiful city and it is or is considered home to a number of prominent Americans. Three of which, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey went to Copenhagen in an attempt to deliver a final push for hosting this huge event.


I thought Chicago was favored to at least come in second but that decision lies on the IOC. The other cities hoping to host in 2016 were Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo. Tokyo was the second to be eliminated before Rio de Janeiro won among the top two.

This will be the first time the Olympics has been hosted in South America.


Chicago 2016 CEO Patrick Ryan was shocked by the early elimination but knew how "dangerous" the first round can be.


'We had a great team, we had a great plan but it wasn't our day to win today,' " said Ryan. "We fought a good fight. That's the way it goes."

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