A new book about the U.S. presidential campaign in 2008 is making headlines based on a controversial comment told by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to one of the books authors. Though he was speaking in support of Barack Obama, comments Reid made to Mark Halperin have been interpreted as racist. Reid has apologized and President Obama accepted the apology, CNN.
A gender imbalance in China could leave 24 million men without female partners by 2020. Because of China’s “one child” policy, female fetuses are increasingly selectively aborted, BBC News.
Ivo Josipovic, a Social Democrat, won the presidential election in Croatia yesterday, Voice of America.
The graves of 4,000 builders of the Great Pyramids at Giza have been discovered near the pyramids. Evidence from the find indicates that the laborers were not slaves and were well-respected for their expertise, New York Times.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing to include a public option in the health care reform bill that is being written in the Senate. If included, it will likely include a provision that allows states to opt out of a government plan, New York Times.
A commercial passenger plane that overshot its destination by 150 miles yesterday should have received multiple warnings that it was nearing the Minneapolis airport. The pilots on the Northwestern Airlines plane were said to be arguing about airline policy when they missed their landing, Associated Press.
Sri Lanka plans to release 40,000 Tamils that are currently being held in government run refugee camps, Voice of America.
Three explosions in northwestern Pakistan have killed dozens, including 17 people traveling to a wedding, Al Jazeera.
In an indirect admission that the device can cause harm, the maker of the Taser stun guns has cautioned law enforcement officials not to stun suspects in the chest. The company said that heart attacks can occur and leave law enforcement open to lawsuits. A number of suspects have been injured after being struck by Taser stun guns by police, CNN. A Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, was killed at the Vancouver Airport after being Tasered two years ago, The Globe and Mail.