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Univ of Alabama prof charged with murder in school shooting

A professor at the University of Alabama has been charged with murder after shooting 6 colleagues while attending a faculty meeting yesterday. 3 of the injured died. The shooter, Amy Bishop Anderson, is a Harvard-trained biology professor who had been at the University of Alabama in Huntsville since 2003, CNN. Anderson had recently been denied tenure, BBC News. Police have confirmed that Anderson accidentally shot her brother, who later died, in 1986, Boston Globe.

8 people died after an attack at a restaurant in Pune, India yesterday. The attack targeted The Germany Bakery restaurant which is frequented by European and Jewish customers. The attack followed the announcement that India and Pakistan would resume diplomatic talks, Reuters.

The 2010 Winter Olympics started on a tragic note yesterday when Nodar Kumaritashvili, a competitor in the luge event, died during a training run, BBC Sport.

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Stalker Suspected in Murder of Wesleyan Student Turns Himself In

Johanna Justin-Jinich, a 21 year-old student at Wesleyan University, was murdered on Wednesday by a stalker, Stephen P. Morgan. They two had both attended a summer course at New York University two years ago. Morgan harassed Justin-Jinich, calling her and sending emails. The police were notified but no charges were pressed. On Wednesday Morgan entered the Red and Black Cafe where Justin-Jinich worked and shot her seven times at point blank range with a semiautomatic handgun. Morgan milled around outside the cafe and even gave his name and number to police. Police interviews with the family later revealed Morgan as a suspect. On Thursday, after seeing his face in a newspaper at a convenience store, Morgan called police to turn himself in. Journals found in Morgan’s car indicate anti-Semitic beliefs and plots to rape and kill Justin-Jinich before going on a shooting rampage on the Wesleyan campus,  New York Times.

Half  million civilians are in the warzone in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani government is encouraging civilians to flee so that they can minimize civilians casualties while using aerial bombardment and heavy artillery against the Taliban. Hospitals in Pakistan are overwhelmed by the number of sick and wounded, CNN. Images of the refugees, BBC News.

Sudan will allow aid agencies to expand operations. When the International Criminal Court put out an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in March, Sudan responded by expelling 13 aid groups, BBC News.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the international aid agency the Red Cross. Celebrate by giving blood. Photo exhibition “Our World at War” shows the human cost and aftermath of war. Today, May 8, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

California wildfires continue to rage in 50 mph winds and air temperatures of 100 degrees. 18,000 have been ordered to evacuate near Santa Barbara and many homes, including multi-million dollar homes, have been destroyed by the fire, USA Today.

Flooding in Brazil from heavy rainfall continues. 241,000 people have been displaced. The Associated Press reports that not only do Brazilians have to cope with the loss of their homes, they must also battle aalligators and poisonous snakes as they trek through swollen rivers in search of food and shelter.

In more uplifting news, a homeless couple in Washington, DC were married with the help of members of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown who donated everything the couple needed for a beautiful wedding. Dante White, 28, has been homeless since he was thrown out of his mother’s house at the age of 14. Nhiahni Chestnut, who has struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol, met White nine years ago and fell in love. The couple will return to the DC streets after their two-night honeymoon in Virginia, Yahoo News.

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2 Killed When Car Crashes Into Crowd at Queen’s Day Celebrations

A gunman killed 13 people at a oil training academy in Baku, Azerbaijan and wounded another 10. There are some reports that a lone gunman killed himself and others say that there were as many as four gunman, AP.

A California woman claims her late father was the Zodiac Killer. Deborah Perez says her dad Guy Ward Hendrickson killed at least two of the Zodiac Killer’s victims. The number of deaths attributed to the serial killer range from five to as many as 36. Perez says she helped write and send some of the Zodiac’s letters to San Fransisco newspapers and was present when her father killed Darlene Ferrin, 22, and wounded Michael Mageau, 19, Sky News.

The WHO has raised the pandemic level to ‘Phase 5,’ the second highest level. The swine flu has been confirmed in 11 U.S. states and President Obama said yesterday the government would shut down schools if needed, NPR. Mexico has shut down even more, with many businesses closing and “all nonessential activity” halting, MSNBC.

A BBC investigation has determined that soldiers in the Central African Republic killed possibly 30 civilians in February to deter rebels. The African country, like many on the continent, is subject to infighting between the government and insurgent groups. 18,000 civilians have fled to Chad, CAR’s northern neighbor, to escape the fighting. Human rights abuses are also being investigated in the area, BBC News.

An eight-year-old Saudi girl who was married to a man in his 50s to pay off her father’s debts has finally been given an annulment. Outrage was sparked worldwide earlier in the year when a judge refused to grant the girl a divorce, BBC News.

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Up to 35,000 in Sri Lanka Break Free from Tamil Tiger Captivity

The Sri Lankan government is reporting that thousands of people have escaped from a war zone where they were being held as human shields by the Tamil Tiger rebels in a disputed area of Sri Lanka. A UN spokesman confirms the report. Sri Lanka has launched a major offensive against the Tamil Tigers this year, leaving tamil civilians in the crossfire. Sri Lanka has given the group 24 hours to surrender, BBC News. The Tamils had already scheduled protests in capital cities around the world for tomorrow at 9am. A Tamil spokesman said that as many as 25,000 protesters could be bussed to Ottawa from Montreal and Toronto, Canoe. We’ll be covering the event live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Fallout from the UN racism conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the only world leader to attend the event. After he had dinner with Switzerland’s president last night, Israel withdrew its ambassador to Switzerland in protest. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has made inflammatory comments about wanting to wipe Israel off the map said that he doesn’t believe that past wrongs against Jews justify Israel’s current policies and that “his regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history”, CNN. [See this Guardian article for a fascinating account of how Ahmadinejad’s intent can be subject to the vagaries of translation.]

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that resulted in thee death of 13 students and one teacher as well as the two shooters who committed suicide in Columbine, Colorado in 1999, AFP. ABC News has more on the psychology of the shooters as well as reports on what some of the victims who survived on doing now. Meanwhile, gun sales are strong, Seattle Times editorial.

The European Union has started an anti-trust investigation of airlines, including Luftansa, AirCanada, Continental, and United. The airlines are part of an alliance that the EU suspects may result in price fixing, the Star.

BREAKING NEWS: CanJet hijacking in Jamaica ends. Military police stormed the plane after negotiations broke down. None of the crew were harmed, National Post. Globe and Mail has a video report of the hijacking from a passenger on the plane.

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