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Animal rights activists target China dog meat festival

BEIJING (AP) — Animal rights activists are seeking to shut down an annual summer dog meat festival in southern China blamed for blackening the country's international reputation as well as fueling extreme cruelty to canines and unhygienic food handling practices.
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First-graders’ apparent plot to kill classmate with poisoned lunch foiled by teacher

Officials at an elementary school in Anchorage said they uncovered a plot among three first-grade students to kill a classmate using poison, according to news reports....
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Pregnant woman's death spurs a safety debate about China's street fences

A pregnant woman in northern China died this week after she fell unconscious on a busy city street and got her head stuck in a fence, Chinese media reported on Wednesday....
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Audit: University of California undermines resident students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California has undermined residents by admitting a growing number of nonresident students, some of whom were less qualified than in-state students, California's auditor said in a scathing report released Tuesday....
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Why Japan’s Elderly Are Committing Crimes to ‘Break Into Prison’

What if you could get free food, free shelter, and unlimited health care in exchange for freedom?...
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Girl escapes 2-year captivity in Japan; police arrest man

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police early Monday caught a 23-year-old man who had been sought since a teenage girl escaped his apartment after being held captive for nearly two years....
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Arrest Documents: Mom Had Taken Meth Before Putting 2-Year-Old in Oven

A Texas mother accused of putting her 2-year-old daughter in the family’s oven had taken meth before the incident and had a history with child welfare authorities, according to arrest documents....
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UC proposal on intolerance says 'anti-Zionism' is unacceptable on campus

..."To include anti-Zionism as an instance of intolerance and bigotry is actually to suppress a set of political beliefs that we actually need to hear,"......
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Coroner Says Billionaire Putin Aide Died in D.C. Hotel from Blows to the Head in Case Worthy of Spy Novel

John le Carré has nothing on this mysterious tale of a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin found dead in a Washington, D.C. hotel room....
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Starving animals up for sale at Gaza zoo

GAZA (Reuters) - A Gaza zoo owner is putting the last of his starving animals up for sale....
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