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Court won't hear dispute over 'boobies' bracelets
Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 March 2014 14:07

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that tried to ban students from wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school girls who refused a principal's order to take them off.

The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling from August that found the bracelets were not "plainly lewd," nor had they caused a disruption. The lower court sided with two students who sued the Easton Area School District in 2010 with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Easton is one of several school districts around the country to ban the bracelets, which are distributed by the nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation of Carlsbad, Calif.

"The principle here is that even kids talk about important things, and when they talk about important things, that's what we should be encouraging," Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said Monday. "Kids should be able to talk about things that matter to them in language that is both respectful and familiar to them."

The district's solicitor, John Freund, said he was disappointed the Supreme Court won't hear the case.

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Bees attack drivers after California car crash
Written by Sentinel Tribune   
Monday, 10 March 2014 13:06

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — Two drivers involved in a Los Angeles-area car crash each suffered hundreds of bee stings after one of the vehicles hit a tree and disturbed a hive.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Larios says the collision occurred Sunday in suburban La Canada Flintridge.

One of the drivers, a 51-year-old woman, jumped into a backyard swimming pool to escape the swarming insects.

The driver of the other car, a 17-year-old girl, fell to the street where a deputy found her covered in bees. He sprayed her with a fire extinguisher to get the swarm off of her and then they ran to safety.

Both drivers were treated at a hospital. The deputy was also stung, but not hospitalized.

The bee hive was removed by a pest control company.


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'Slain' Mexico cartel leader dies a second time
Written by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:23

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cartel kingpin Nazario Moreno Gonzalez had two lives.

One ended in late 2010 when the leader of a vicious drug gang ruling the western state of Michoacan was supposedly killed by federal police. The second ended just after his 44th birthday, when he died in a shootout with government troops early Sunday.

The federal government had something Sunday that was missing the first time — his body.

In Mexico's campaign to take down top capos, the killing of a supposed dead man was the most bizarre event yet, even after the capture two weeks ago of Mexico's most wanted and powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, another near-mythical figure who surrendered without a fight after 13 year on the run since escaping from prison.

Residents of Michoacan had reported seeing Moreno, known as the "The Craziest One," around the state since the government reported he was killed in a two-day gunbattle with federal police in December 2010, though authorities conceded they never found his body.

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U.S. network to scan workers with secret clearances
Written by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press.

The system is intended to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leakers, and draws on a Defense Department model under development for more than a decade, according to officials and documents reviewed by the AP.

Intelligence officials have long wanted a computerized system that could continuously monitor employees, in part to prevent cases similar to former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. His disclosures bared secretive U.S. surveillance operations.

An administration review of the government's security clearance process due this month is expected to support continuous monitoring as part of a package of comprehensive changes.

Privacy advocates and government employee union officials expressed concerns that continuous electronic monitoring could intrude into individuals' private lives, prompt flawed investigations and put sensitive personal data at greater risk. Supporters say the system would have safeguards.

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North Korea: Not a single vote cast against Kim Jong Un
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:20

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100 percent turnout.

North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's legislature. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years.

Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been announced, North Korea's media quickly reported Kim had won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot.

In the previous elections, 687 deputies were chosen. This is first time the election had been held since Kim inherited power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011.

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