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USA

Chicago boy, 4, beat to death on birthday

November 28, 2011 MelW 0

CHICAGO, Nov. 27 (UPI) — A Chicago mother and her boyfriend were charged Sunday in the beating to death of her son on the child’s fourth birthday, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office […]

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USA

Off-duty NYC cop subdues unruly passenger

November 28, 2011 MelW 0

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) — A New York City police officer returning from vacation found himself back in work mode a bit early Sunday when he subdued an unruly JetBlue passenger. Anibal Mercado told […]

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New Zealand

Phil Goff to resign as Labour leader

November 26, 2011 iwishart 0

Labour leader Phil Goff is expected to announce his resignation Tuesday to the Labour caucus, after failing to make a dent against National in the New Zealand election. Prime Minister John Key won almost enough […]

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New Zealand

Penguin release milestone in Rena recovery

November 25, 2011 MelW 0

The release of 60 penguins at Mt Maunganui beach today is a significant milestone in the Bay of Plenty’s recovery from the Rena oil spill and environmental disaster, Environment Minister Nick Smith said today. “It […]

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New Zealand

Committed to a fair, affordable & sustainable ACC

November 22, 2011 MelW 0

National will ensure New Zealanders continue to get access to fair and affordable no-fault, 24/7 cover with improvements in safety, rehabilitation and operational efficiency, National’s ACC spokesman Nick Smith says. “National is about a fair […]

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New Zealand

Safe schools a priority for National

November 22, 2011 MelW 0

National’s Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley, has expressed her concern over recent events at Fairfield College in Hamilton. “It is totally unacceptable for drugs to be in schools,” says Mrs Tolley. “National’s education policy expects more […]

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New Zealand

National to build a better education system

November 21, 2011 MelW 0

National will continue to support early childhood education, lift achievement in schools, build a skilled workforce, and get better value for tertiary students and taxpayers, says Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key. “We […]

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New Zealand

Goff picks a porkie for last week centrepiece

November 21, 2011 MelW 0

Phil Goff and Labour have made a major tactical blunder in the last week of the campaign by attacking National with an obvious porkie that voters already know to be untrue, says National Party Associate […]

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New Zealand

A Brighter Future for families with National

November 21, 2011 MelW 0

National’s plan to build a brighter future for New Zealand families features in information going to households this weekend. “Families work hard to balance their budgets and provide for their futures,” says National’s Campaign Chair […]

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New Zealand

National releases Foreign Affairs policy

November 21, 2011 MelW 0

A National-led Government would see New Zealand continue to pursue an independent and respected foreign policy, contributing to global and regional stability and creating successful trading arrangements. Foreign Affairs spokesman Murray McCully released the National […]

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New Zealand

Law and order gains would unravel under Labour

November 18, 2011 MelW 0

Labour would wind back the clock on the gains that have been made in law and order, National’s Law and Order Spokeswoman Judith Collins says. Labour’s justice spokesman, Charles Chauvel, said that Labour would eliminate […]

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New Zealand

Some ‘Facts’ about Labour

November 18, 2011 MelW 2

“Labour’s latest attempt to smear the Government’s economic record is short on facts, long on revisionist history, and promises absolutely nothing,” says National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce. “Labour constantly pretends they didn’t drive New […]

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New Zealand

UFB roll-out set to begin in Hawke’s Bay – PM

November 15, 2011 MelW 0

Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key today met with the Chorus management and technicians who are about to start the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Napier and Hastings. Under National’s UFB initiative, […]

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New Zealand

Farmers responding to quad bike safety campaign

November 10, 2011 MelW 0

More farmers are purchasing helmets and wearing them on their farms in response to the Government’s quad bike safety campaign, says Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson. “The Department of Labour’s first monitoring results for the […]

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New Zealand

Turkey votes for early Christmas

November 10, 2011 iwishart 0

New Zealand Post has caused a stir this week amongst its business customers with a letter advising it will no longer be accepting cheques in the mail as payment for its accounts. With email already […]

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World

Man arrested for digging up women

November 8, 2011 MelW 0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Russian police said they arrested a 45-year-old man who allegedly had the mummified remains of 27 women in his apartment. The government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported the man […]

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USA

Author: Don’t blame book for kid whippings

November 8, 2011 MelW 0

PLEASANTVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7 (UPI) — A book advocating corporal punishment for children is not to blame for parents’ extreme abuse, the book’s author said following the death of an abused girl. If you find […]

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USA

Two year old Washington boy missing

November 7, 2011 MelW 0

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 6 (UPI) — Authorities in Bellevue, Wash., searched Sunday for a 2-year-old boy whose mother says she left him in her car after it ran out of gas. Carla Iafrate of the […]

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USA

Sergeant admits taking body parts

November 6, 2011 MelW 0

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Nov. 5 (UPI) — A U.S. Army staff sergeant admitted Friday he took body parts from slain Afghans as trophies, but he denied he deliberately killed civilians. Calvin Gibbs testified at […]

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United Kingdom

7 dead in 34-vehicle crash in Britain

November 6, 2011 MelW 0

BRIDGEWATER, England, Nov. 5 (UPI) — A massive, fiery pileup on an English highway left at least seven people dead and 51 injured, police said Saturday. The BBC reported the cause of the Friday night […]

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World

Russia considers castrating pedophiles

November 3, 2011 MelW 0

MOSCOW, Nov. 2 (UPI) — A Russian lawmaker wants judges to be allowed to impose surgical castration of pedophiles if chemical castration is deemed insufficient to prevent sex offenses. RIA Novosti reported Anton Belyakov, a […]

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USA

Pilot lands plane while suffering heart attack

November 3, 2011 MelW 0

HEBRON, Ill., Nov. 2 (UPI) — Officials say an Illinois pilot was in stable condition Wednesday after he landed a plane while suffering a heart attack. Steven Nusbaum, 65, was flying an experimental aircraft Tuesday […]

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United Kingdom

Woman passes driving test while in labour

November 2, 2011 MelW 0

LIVINGSTON, Scotland, Nov. 2 (UPI) — A Scottish woman who took her driving exam while in labor said she passed the test and drove herself to the hospital to give birth. Emma French, 20, of […]

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New Zealand

New charges filed in Rena oil spill

November 2, 2011 MelW 0

TAURANGA, New Zealand, Nov. 1 (UPI) — New charges were brought against the captain and navigational officer of a wrecked ship that spilled oil along the coast of New Zealand, officials said Tuesday. The Rena’s […]