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There’s Nothing Like a Free Gun to Help You Forget Your Family Was Killed in a Drone Attack

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Authorities in Yemen have given the families of drone attack victims $150,000 and a hundred guns to make up for their loss.

Last week, missiles fired by an American drone killed 15 people on their way to a wedding in central Yemen after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy.

“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” one security official said, adding that at least five more were injured during the Thursday attack.

Innocent wedding guests, al Qaeda terrorists – a drone can’t tell the difference! But the growing number of civilian deaths via drone attack may start to undermine U.S. efforts to turn the public against the militants…

To compensate the families of the American drone attack victims, Yemeni authorities offered $150,000 and one hundred guns on recommendation from the Mediation Committee. In exchange for opening the streets and burying the victims, families also received two cars, two daggers and two Kalashnikov pieces, the common “blood price” in tribal tradition.

$150k, a bunch of guns, and a strong desire for revenge? Sounds like the perfect terrorist starter kit. 

Via: National Yemen

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The Steubenville Rape Case Isn’t Over Yet… And Other News

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If you thought the Steubenville rape case was over when two teenage boys were convicted of the crime, you were mistaken.

Now four new charges have been filed in the Steubenville case against four school employees, including the school superintendent. The superintendent, Michael McVey, was charged Monday with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and falsification in the alleged 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl. Also in the hot seat are assistant volunteer football coach Michael Belardine who has been indicted on charges of allowing underage drinking, obstruction, falsification, and contributing to unruliness, Steubenville elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman who has been indicted on a charge of failure to report child abuse, and wrestling coach slash teacher Seth Fluharty, who has also been indicted for failure to report child abuse. Moral of the story: don’t try to help rapists – even if they are Steubenville high school football players. CNN

Riga supermarket foor collapsePlot twist: Latvian president Andris Berzins is calling Thursday night’s supermarket collapse MURDER. The shopping mall roof collapse in Riga, Latvia, left 54 people dead and seven missing. The collapse, which took place when the mall was packed with after-work shoppers, is thought to have been caused by the garden being constructed on the roof of the mail. Apparently, the weight of the soil was too much for the roof. Following the collapase Andris Berzins called on foreign experts to investigate the situation. “We cannot call it a natural accident, because nature wasn’t involved. The evening was calm and silent with a little fog. This is our own made disaster,” Berzins said. BBC News

Saudi JulietA modern day Romeo & Juliet: Middle Eastern style. A Saudi woman illegally crossed the border to Yemen to be with her Yemeni lover. The two lovers, who have been living in an immigration detention centre since their arrival, decided to elope and flee to Yemen after the girl’s family rejected the idea of marriage. The woman, known as Huda, has now been given UN protection on the grounds that she could face mistreatment, even death, at the hands of her family if returned home and is now likely to get refugee status. In Yemen, the case is being celebrated as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story, but over in Saudi Arabia, the government is calling for her to be deported. BBC News

Morocco RapeSpeaking of tragic love stories (minus the love), Moroccan activists are trying to repeal a law that exonerates rapists who marry their victims after another Moroccan teen committed suicide after her family forced her to marry her rapist. According to Article 475, a rapist can avoid a prison sentence by marrying his victim. After the latest victim ,a 16-year-old, was raped by another minor, her family, not wanting their daughter to be thought of as damaged goods, negotiated with the rapists family and proposed the two get married. Apparently this didn’t sit well with the young victim and she decided that taking her own life was a better option. Solid choice. Al Jazeera

Adam LanzaAfter a nearly year long investigation into last year’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, no clear reason has been found as to why 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 first graders, six adults, his own mother and then himself. The exhaustive 48-page report released by Connecticut police, reveals that investgiators are still stumped over Lanza’s motive. All they could come up with was a history of mental-health issues, a “strong interest in firearms” and a “preoccupation with mass shootings.” Lanza apparently enjoyed violent video games, including one called “School Shooting” – but he also liked “Dance Dance Revolution” so that kind of cancels the shooting game out… The report wasn’t a total loss though. Investigators did determine that Lanza acted alone – so at least we know there aren’t any more crazy child shooters out there roaming the countryside of Newtown, Connecticut. For now. New York Times

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New Trend: Killing Math Teachers… And Other News

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Math teachers beware! One day after a 12-year-old boy from Nevada shot his math teacher, another 14-year-old boy from Massachusetts was charged in the murder of Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Conclusion? Kids hate math. Philip Chism, the 14-year-old math hater, brought a box cutter to school which he then used to kill his 24-year-old teacher in a school bathroom before rolling her body outside in a recycling bin and leaving her in the woods. Chism denies the he murdered her, but the surveillance video says he totally did it. USA Today

Andy Lopez was shot dead by a Santa Rosa police officerWith all the prepubescent boys running around killing math teachers, police are bound to get one wrong – and they did. A 13-year-old boy was shot dead in California after sheriff’s deputies mistook the pellet gun he was carrying for an assault rifle. Andy Lopez of Santa Rosa was reportedly asked multiple times to drop the weapon but instead he moved the gun toward the deputies, who in turn fired off several rounds from their handguns. After they realized it was a young boy and the gun, which looked remarkably similar to an AK-47 assault rifle, was actually a pellet gun, they became significantly less trigger-happy. The unnamed deputies have been placed on administrative leave and Andy Lopez has been placed in a morgue. BBC News

mirrors in NorwayNorway has a new solution to winter darkness: giant mirrors! Three GIANT mirrors have been installed on a Norwegian mountainside in order to bring sunlight for the tiny town of Rjukan for the first time EVER during winter. The small town does not receive direct sunlight between September and March because the surrounding mountains block the sun’s rays. Sounds like a great location to start a town, Vikings. Anyways, that’s all in the past because the $825,000 mirrors will reflect the sun’s rays down into Rjukan’s main square, giving it sunlight throughout the day. In unrelated news, Rjukan is about to experience an alarming increase in bird deaths. Business Insider

niqab-woman-001Yemen seems like a fabulous place to live – unless you have a fear of being burned to death. A 35-year-old Yemeni father has been arrested after he burned his 15-year-old daughter to death for keeping in touch with her fiancé. Sounds like a reasonable reaction to catching your daughter talking on the phone to a boy. After all, in traditional tribal customs in some parts of Yemen, contact between men and women is forbidden until after marriage. As a result, many Yemenis try to marry off their daughters quite young before they can dishonor the fam. Eight, however, might be a little too young. Yemeni authorities are investigating the death of the eight-year-old girl in northern Yemen, who died from internal bleeding on her wedding night a month ago. I think I might know what caused the bleeding…. Reuters

obamacare-this-is-going-to-hurtObamacare: 0. Republicans: 1. After a government shutdown and a few dozen glitches on Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration has decided to extend the deadline requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance by six weeks. Before, individuals were expected to be insured by March 31 to avoid paying a penalty – which meant they would have to apply by February 15 so their application would get processed in time. Administration officials hope the delay will allow more time to fix the problems plaguing the sign-up website and Republicans hope the delay will last forever. Washington Post

Bistum Limburg weist neue Vorwuerfe gegen Tebartz-van Elst zurueckIf your nickname is the “Bling Bishop,” you probably need to spend some time in confession. The Vatican has indefinitely suspended German Catholic cleric, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, for leading a life of luxury. Dubbed the “Bling Bishop,” Elst reportedly spent $42 million renovating his residence, which didn’t sit too well with the modest style of frugal Pope Francis. It also didn’t sit well with ordinary Germans, who protested outside the bishop’s residence yelling stuff about how their taxes were squandered on Elst’s lavish lifestyle. AFP

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