12:34 PM, July 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, July 2nd

  1. Mexico’s Presidential Win Raises Concerns: Mexico’s presidential elections resulted in the apparent return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled the country for more than 70 years before being ousted by the conservative National Action Party in 2000. 
  2. Power Outages Could Last a Week: The eastern U.S. has been hit with fatal storms, power outages, and blistering heat for three straight days, with several cities hitting record highs and others declaring a state of emergency. After thunderstorms killed at least 15 people, more than 3 million lost power, adding to the excruciating heat. Charlotte, N.C.—one of the hardest-hit areas—reached 104 degrees on Sunday. 
  3. Kidnapped Air Workers Released: Four European aid workers were released Monday after being kidnapped from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border last week. Two of them were injured and their Kenyan driver was killed. It’s unclear whether their kidnappers were members of Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda–affiliated group that’s been blamed for other recent kidnappings of tourists and aid workers from Kenya. 
  4. Apple Pays $60M in iPad Case: Apple settled its trademark lawsuit in Chinese provincial court Monday, paying $60 million for the legal rights to the iPad trademark in China. 
  5. 'God Particle' Footprint FoundIt’s been a long, difficult—and, for most of us, incomprehensible—search, but scientists at the largest particle accelerator in the world have finally found evidence of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle that gives the building blocks of matter mass. 

Photo: Anderson Cooper tells Andrew Sullivan that he’s gay. (via Buzzfeed)

10:20 AM, June 22nd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, June 22nd

1. 20 Dead in Taliban Attack: Taliban militants stormed the popular resort destination of Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday, killing at least 20 civilians while all seven of the gunmen, a police officer, and three private guards were shot dead.

2. Mexican Kingpin’s Son Captured: Mexican Marines said they have captured one of the sons of Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

3. Sandusky Deliberations Enter Day 2: Jurors continue deliberations Friday in the sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa.

4. Two Service Outrages Rock Twitter: It was a rough day for Twitter, which had not one but two service outages within a few hours of each other. The service first went down between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday morning.

5. LeBron James Gets First NBA Ring: LeBron James won his first NBA championship at the age of 27 when the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night 121-106 in one of the most lopsided Game 5 of victories in basketball history.

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Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka wins the top award at Intel ISEF 2012 for his creation of a new, non-invasive method to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer.

4:53 PM, April 23rd, 2012
The prostitution scandal involving U.S. Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia, drives home a similar point. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has played down the incident, stating that the agents involved “were not acting like Secret Service agents. They were acting like a bunch of college students away on a spring student weekend.” Once again, south of the Rio Grande, the same standards of ethics simply do not apply.
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