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September 13, 2012
mar-see-ah:

Arrests made in the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, Libya’s state-run news agency reports.
Breaking news from CNN, so take it with a grain of salt.

At least one of the arrests was cited from a direct quote by Libya’s Prime Minister, so it’s a little stronger than that:

[Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET] At least one person has been arrested in the killings of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Libya’s prime minister said Thursday.
One person was arrested early Thursday in Benghazi, Mustafa Abushagur said on CNNI’s “Amanpour.” “Three or four are currently being pursued,” he said.

mar-see-ah:

Arrests made in the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, Libya’s state-run news agency reports.

Breaking news from CNN, so take it with a grain of salt.

At least one of the arrests was cited from a direct quote by Libya’s Prime Minister, so it’s a little stronger than that:

[Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET] At least one person has been arrested in the killings of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Libya’s prime minister said Thursday.

One person was arrested early Thursday in Benghazi, Mustafa Abushagur said on CNNI’s “Amanpour.” “Three or four are currently being pursued,” he said.

15:38 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
nbcnews:

Multiple injuries reported as Mega Bus crashes in Illinois
(Photo: KSDK-TV)
A double-decker bus plowed into a bridge support Thursday in southern Illinois, injuring several people and closing an Interstate highway in both directions, state officials told NBC News.
The exact number and severity of the injuries remained unclear, but at least 18 ambulances and several emergency helicopters responded to the scene on Interstate 55 a few miles north of Litchfield.
This is a breaking news story. Click here to check back for more details.

Hoping everyone is safe and that there are no fatalities.

nbcnews:

Multiple injuries reported as Mega Bus crashes in Illinois

(Photo: KSDK-TV)

A double-decker bus plowed into a bridge support Thursday in southern Illinois, injuring several people and closing an Interstate highway in both directions, state officials told NBC News.

The exact number and severity of the injuries remained unclear, but at least 18 ambulances and several emergency helicopters responded to the scene on Interstate 55 a few miles north of Litchfield.

This is a breaking news story. Click here to check back for more details.

Hoping everyone is safe and that there are no fatalities.

(via nbcnews)

15:54 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2012
msnbc:

Nora Ephron, the celebrated screenwriter and director, died of leukemia Tuesday evening in New York, according to the New York Times.
Ephron, best known for penning the screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and then writing and directing “Sleepless in Seattle” (1989) and ”You’ve Got Mail” (1998), had not been reported as ill prior to a story from gossip columnist  Liz Smith — which repeatedly referred to the 71-year-old in the past tense while never pronouncing her dead.
Image: Jemal Countess / WireImage

Note that the Liz Smith story is currently down. (Anyone grab a copy?) The intro line: "I am sitting here with an open box of mail from and to Nora Ephron between the years of the early 60s and a month ago."
EDIT: We found a cached version on Bing. Here’s the end part: 

I won’t say, “Rest in peace, Nora” – I will just ask “What the hell will we do without you?”
Maybe. I hope. Nora will answer.  Nora, we ARE  all basket cases.  There was no one like you.

msnbc:

Nora Ephron, the celebrated screenwriter and director, died of leukemia Tuesday evening in New York, according to the New York Times.

Ephron, best known for penning the screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and then writing and directing “Sleepless in Seattle” (1989) and ”You’ve Got Mail” (1998), had not been reported as ill prior to a story from gossip columnist  Liz Smith — which repeatedly referred to the 71-year-old in the past tense while never pronouncing her dead.

Image: Jemal Countess / WireImage

Note that the Liz Smith story is currently down. (Anyone grab a copy?) The intro line: "I am sitting here with an open box of mail from and to Nora Ephron between the years of the early 60s and a month ago."

EDIT: We found a cached version on Bing. Here’s the end part: 

I won’t say, “Rest in peace, Nora” – I will just ask “What the hell will we do without you?”

Maybe. I hope. Nora will answer.  Nora, we ARE  all basket cases.  There was no one like you.

20:51 // 1 year ago
May 31, 2012
10:50 // 1 year ago
April 20, 2012
thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.
“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”
George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.

“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”

George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

(via thedailywhat)

11:20 // 2 years ago
April 2, 2012
msnbc:

A gunman has reportedly killed five people at Oikos University, a small Christian school, in California. He’s now in custody, according to police.
Image: KNTV

A screencap from the deadly shooting. Note inconsistency in numbers from previous post. Will keep an eye when more accurate numbers come out.

msnbc:

A gunman has reportedly killed five people at Oikos University, a small Christian school, in California. He’s now in custody, according to police.

Image: KNTV

A screencap from the deadly shooting. Note inconsistency in numbers from previous post. Will keep an eye when more accurate numbers come out.

16:31 // 2 years ago
March 6, 2012
23:13 // 2 years ago
February 27, 2012
reuters:

Around 89 percent of Syrians approved a new constitution, proposed by President Bashar al-Assad, in a referendum on Sunday, state television said on Monday.
Constitutional reforms are aimed at quelling the growing rebellion against the Assad family’s 42 years in power, but Assad’s opponents and the West have the dismissed the reforms and the referendum as a sham.
Turnout in the referendum was 57.4 percent, state television said.
Live blog: The conflict in Syria - latest news, photos and videosLatest story: New Syria constitution wins 89.4 percent approval - report

Will Assad use this as an excuse to continue the anti-rebel crackdown? Seems like it so far.

reuters:

Around 89 percent of Syrians approved a new constitution, proposed by President Bashar al-Assad, in a referendum on Sunday, state television said on Monday.

Constitutional reforms are aimed at quelling the growing rebellion against the Assad family’s 42 years in power, but Assad’s opponents and the West have the dismissed the reforms and the referendum as a sham.

Turnout in the referendum was 57.4 percent, state television said.

Live blog: The conflict in Syria - latest news, photos and videos
Latest story: New Syria constitution wins 89.4 percent approval - report

Will Assad use this as an excuse to continue the anti-rebel crackdown? Seems like it so far.

10:07 // 2 years ago
February 17, 2012
Why a news-breaking tweet didn’t go viral the first time
What if you were the first person on the beat of a major news story, and you beat everyone by like an hour? That was the situation of Aja Dior M. (Twitter handle @AjaDiorNavy), who was the very first person to post about the death of Whitney Houston last Saturday. Yes, she broke it. But as you can see in this graph above, a total of 16 people touched the tweet at first. When AP finally broke the news nearly an hour later, that’s when it went viral. It wasn’t until hours later that the media noticed that she had scooped them. Why is that? Gilad Lotan of SocialFlow argues that her network wasn’t built out in a way that would encourage the spread of this info beyond a small group. “We’ve seen this many times before,” he writes. ”The combination of the right timing, network and topicality make or break an information cascade.”

Why a news-breaking tweet didn’t go viral the first time

What if you were the first person on the beat of a major news story, and you beat everyone by like an hour? That was the situation of Aja Dior M. (Twitter handle @AjaDiorNavy), who was the very first person to post about the death of Whitney Houston last Saturday. Yes, she broke it. But as you can see in this graph above, a total of 16 people touched the tweet at first. When AP finally broke the news nearly an hour later, that’s when it went viral. It wasn’t until hours later that the media noticed that she had scooped them. Why is that? Gilad Lotan of SocialFlow argues that her network wasn’t built out in a way that would encourage the spread of this info beyond a small group. “We’ve seen this many times before,” he writes. ”The combination of the right timing, network and topicality make or break an information cascade.”

22:24 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2012
18:33 // 2 years ago