35+people have died as a result of the earthquake which struck Iran and Pakistan, all of whom were residents of Pakistan, according to government officials.
167+people were injured during/after the 7.8 magnitude quake, which was felt as far away as Dubai. and the numbers could still rise. Emergency teams and rescue dogs continue to scour the rubble, double-checking for any survivors who may still be trapped on Tuesday afternoon. source
7people died in Venezuela on Monday night following violent clashes between supporters of recently elected president Nicolas Maduro and his top rival, Henrique Capriles. Capriles has called for a recall of Sunday’s election results after Maduro won by less than 250,000 votes.
65people were injured as tires were burned, protesters battled security forces, and other anti-Maduro demonstrations were carried out in the capital of Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities. More than 130 people were reportedly arrested by the time everything was said and done. source
2+ people were killed by the twin explosions which erupted at/near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
28+people injured by the explosions, and a number of alternate locations have now been closed off and/or evacuated as well. A controlled detonation was also used to dispose of a potential explosive outside of the Boston Public Library, and the AP reports up to two more devices are currently being dismantled. source
50.7percent of the vote went to interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, former vice president under deceased leader Hugo Chavez, during the country’s special election on Sunday.
49.1percent of the vote went to Maduro’s top rival, Henrique Capriles, who has announced plans to contest the results of the election. Capriles says his team has collected more than 3,000 reports of polling place irregularities, including possible gun violence and illegal poll re-openings.
235Kvotes separated the two nominees, though Venezuela’s election board has since declared the win “irreversible”, which certainly doesn’t bode well for a potential challenge from Henrique Capriles. source
$150kthe cost to mine Bitcoins for a single day, based on electricity usage, according to Bloomberg. Bitcoin miners use, on average, 1,005.59 megawatts of electricity each day for virtual currency. Despite the high cost of mining said currency, it isn’t a wash—Bitcoin miners are generating as much as $470,000 per day in Bitcoin revenue. source
40the number of states considering alternatives to the GED test, as the cost of the test is expected to increase significantly next year — a side effect of the test no longer being offered with pen-and-paper options. “It’s a complete paradigm shift because the GED has been the monopoly. It’s been the only thing in town for high school equivalency testing. It’s kind of like Kleenex at this point,” said Amy Riker of Educational Testing Service, one of the companies offering a GED alternative. source
9people killedin the bombing of a bus in Pakistan, in Peshawar, a city in the country’s norrthwest. Injuries were sustained by another 9 people in the blast. The region the bus was bombed in has been the site of operations against the Pakistani Taliban, as well as other militants, though nobody has yet claimed responsibility. source
101the number of passengers that survived a an Indonesian Lion Air plane crash into the ocean on Saturday. 22 were treated for injuries, but the jet, which crashed in the ocean directly outside The Balian town of Denpasar, was apparently intact. While one passenger suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, everyone survived. source
40k-50kcivilian jobs would be shed by the Pentagon over the next five years, as the Department of Defense moves forward with plans to close several bases and healthcare facilities across the country. source The cuts represent roughly 5% of the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian workforce. source
<$1000payout received by settlement to an average borrower victimized by banks’ alleged mortgage-related abuses. Federal regulators slated 1,135 people who’d lost their homes, most of them members of the military, to receive a bigger piece of the $3.6 billion pie — $125,000 for each. For 80% of those being compensated, however, the return won’t be so rich. source
16people injured in a stabbing spree this morning at Lone Star College’s CyFair campus, northwest of Houston, Texas. Two of those wounded are currently in critical condition. This is the second violent, grisly attack to take place at a Lone Star College campus in the last few months — the North Harris campus in Houston fell prey to a shooting last January. source
37people were killed after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iranian city of Busheh, home to the country’s only nuclear power plant.
850people were injured as well on Tuesday, and the numbers are only expected to rise in the coming days. More than 700 homes were destroyed by the quake, and aftershocks forced building evacuations as far away as Qatar and Bahrain. source
1.7M new U.S. diplomatic records have been released by WikiLeaks. All of the records are from a four year period stretching from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, and include numerous entries both from and intended for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The collection is being called the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD). source