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Fair trade group thinking globally

The mission of global fair trade is simple, yet ambitious: to contribute to global economic development and poverty relief through education and promotion of products that adhere to fair trade principles.


Hiplife: more than just a genre?

The musical genre of hiplife has invaded almost every facet of Ghanaian life. Regardless of age, location or profession, it seems every Ghanaian listens to hiplife.


Former first lady on campus for benefit dinner

Laura Bush will be on campus today for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The dinner is sponsored by Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service and attendees must have a ticket.


Between graduation and “real life”

Graduation is right around the corner, and for senior Valkyrie Savage, that means figuring out one thing: how to avoid entering the workforce. 


Englishman breaks world record for wearing most underpants

A simple YouTube search yields several videos for Matt McAllister’s moment of glory in history — he holds the Guinness world record for most T-shirts worn at once. The top video of McAllister clad in 155 tops has more than 12 million hits and spurred one of those viewers to go on to set a world record of his own.


25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984

Four coal miners were missing after an explosion that killed 25 and blocked rescuers Tuesday from resuming their search in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.



Cameras make Chicago most closely watched US city

CHICAGO — When the body of Chicago’s school board president was found partially submerged in a river last fall, a bullet wound to the head, cameras helped prove it was a suicide.


Holy Week makes for unique break

Three weeks ago, I had to suffer through all my friends’ Facebook statuses welcoming Spring Break with open arms and new swim suits. I, on the other hand, had a week of classes and a week of midterms between me and my own “descanso de primavera.” Unlike most of my friends, though, my break was bound to feel holy.


5 charged in rape of young girl

Two men and three teen boys were charged Saturday with gang raping a 7-year-old girl who was sold by her 15-year-old stepsister during a party at a crime-ridden apartment building, police said.


400 million users have never been so tempting

Using Facebook is simple. One registers and has millions of other users to communicate with right at his fingertips.

However, the relative ease of the social networking site has become a significant problem for a much more complex undertaking: marriage. The temptation and subsequent risks caused by the social networking giant are testing marriages nationwide.


Police corruption threatens NJ judicial system

CAMDEN, N.J. — For years, residents said some police officers have bullied them in this impoverished city, making cases by planting drugs on suspects, falsifying police reports and conducting searches without warrants. Now four officers, including Stetser, are being investigated by a federal grand jury.


Caning sentence revoked

A Muslim woman’s caning sentence for drinking beer has been commuted unexpectedly, ending a high-profile case that raised questions about Islamic laws intruding into personal matters in Malaysia.



Lawyer: Saudi could behead man for witchcraft

The lawyer of a Lebanese TV psychic who was convicted in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft said Thursday her client could be beheaded this week and urged Lebanese and Saudi leaders to help spare his life.

Attorney May al-Khansa said she learned from a judicial source that Ali Sibat is to be beheaded Friday, but she does not have any official confirmation of this. Saudi judicial officials could not be reached for comment.


U.S. Navy frigate captures 5 pirates

Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said.

The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates into custody, said Navy spokesman Lt. Patrick Foughty.


Militia suspects heard in court

Several members of a Christian militia that prosecutors claim plotted to kill police officers were scheduled to be in court Wednesday to determine if they will be allowed to go free on bond.

Bond hearings are scheduled for the alleged ringleader, David Brian Stone, and other members of the Hutaree militia, a small group that was preparing to fight the Antichrist.


Gunman sprays DC crowd, killing 4 and wounding 5

A gunman sprayed bullets from a moving vehicle into a crowd, killing four and wounding at least five others, before leading police on a chase into a neighboring county. Three people were arrested in the drive-by shooting Tuesday, but investigators said the motive wasn’t clear.


VA doctors prohibited from prescribing medical pot

When Paul Culkin came home to New Mexico after serving with an Army bomb squad in Iraq, he tried counseling and medications offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nothing worked very well. Then he found a new alternative: marijuana.

New Mexico is the only state that explicitly allows people with PTSD to smoke pot under its medical marijuana law — an issue that is getting attention around the country at a time when traumatized vets are coming home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in large numbers.


US judge strikes down patent on cancer genes

In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge on Monday struck down a company’s patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.



Monkey on the run evades fans, trackers

Somewhere on the west coast of Florida tonight, the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay sleeps.

When the sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico in the morning, the rhesus macaque resumes his search for others of his own kind, cutting his way through the urban jungle of swimming pools and pastel condos, dodging paparazzi camera flashes and trackers’ tranquilizer darts.


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