Messages of love for the ‘father of democracy

ManTouching tributes outside hospital where ailing Nelson Mandela remains in ‘critical condition’

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994, was hospitalized for what the government said was a recurring lung infection. This is his fourth hospitalization since December.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule and was released 23 years ago, in 1990. He then played a leading role in steering the divided country from the apartheid era to an all-race democracy.

As a result of his sacrifice and peacemaking efforts, he is seen by many around the world as a symbol of reconciliation.

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Money Saving Tricks You Might Not Have Heard of

Money-saving tips and tricks are a dime a dozen these days. At this point, most all of us know that to save money we should do things like bring our lunch to work, make a budget and clip coupons. And many of us probably already do these things — and still can’t seem to save enough.

That’s why I decided to dig into the research journals to uncover proven, little-known ways that consumers can save money. Here are three.

1. Consolidate your bank accounts
For years, the conventional wisdom was that spreading money across various bank accounts encourages consumers to save. But new research by Promothesh Chatterjee, an assistant professor in the School of Business at The University of Kansas, turns that on its head. “We find that individuals are more likely to save if they have only one primary account, rather than many accounts,” Chatterjee said in a statement. “Basically, people look for an excuse to spend, and vague information facilitates this — and having multiple accounts provides just enough vagueness to do the trick.”

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U.S., Arkansas sue Exxon over Pegasus pipeline spill

0401oilWASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department filed a joint lawsuit with Arkansas on Thursday against oil producer Exxon Mobil Corp over the pipeline spill in March of thousands of barrels of heavy Canadian crude oil in a suburban neighborhood.

The 95,000 barrels per day Pegasus line has been shut since spilling the oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, where cleanup operations continue. U.S. oil pipelines rarely spill in towns.

The Justice Department said it is seeking civil penalties against Exxon under federal law. Continue reading

10 Things To Know Today

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. GRIM NEW DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA

The UN says nearly 93,000 have been confirmed killed in the civil war, with the real number likely being far higher.

2. ERDOGAN CALLS PROTESTERS ‘TROUBLEMAKERS’

Turkey’s prime minister says he will rid Istanbul’s Taksim Square of them in 24 hours to end two weeks of riots.

3. NSA HEAD SAYS SPY PROGRAM STOPPED TERROR ATTACKS

Army Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress that the collection of millions of telephone and Internet records foiled a 2009 plot to bomb New York’s subways.

4. THOUSANDS FLEE RAGING COLORADO WILDFIRE

More than 9,000 were told to leave the Black Forest, where an 18-acre blaze had destroyed nearly 100 homes.

5. MORE BANGLADESH FACTORIES AT RISK AFTER COLLAPSE

A report obtained by the AP shows that garment factories are routinely built without engineers and aren’t designed to withstand the stress of heavy machinery.

6.. AFGHAN POLICE KILLED IN SUSPECTED INSIDER ATTACK

The six officers were found shot at their checkpoint and two other policemen were missing.

7. 10-YEAR-OLD GETS NEW LUNGS

Sarah Murnaghan was recovering from the surgery made possible by a judge’s controversial ruling that expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.

8. WHERE BABY BOOMERS AREN’T GOING

Rural America, which Census estimates show is losing population for the first time ever as boomers lose interest in retiring to far-flung places.

9. FIFTH FAILURE FOR CUBA SWIM

Australian endurance athlete Chloe McCardel lasted 11 hours in the Cuba to Florida swim before being undone by jellyfish stings.

10. WEATHER THREATENS HISTORIC US OPEN

The major is returning to the Merion course near Philadelphia for the first time in 32 years, but six inches of rain has soaked the region.

Hillary Clinton joins Twitter

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Twitter, meet (at)HillaryClinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a “pantsuit aficionado” and a “hair icon.”

The former New York senator and first lady sent out her first tweet under the handle (at)HillaryClinton, thanking the creators of the popular online parodies called “Texts from Hillary.” Clinton’s initial tweet thanked Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe for their inspiration and said, “I’ll take it from here,” concluding with a hashtag (hash)tweetsfromhillary. Continue reading

Thai pet shop owner with 14 rare lions arrested

rare lion Species

 Thai police found 14 albino lions imported from Africa and hundreds of other protected animals in a warehousenear Bangkok and have arrested a pet shop owner.

Birds, meerkats, tortoises, peafowls, capuchin monkeys and other species from overseas and Thailand were found at the warehouse, police Col. Ek Ekasart said.

They said Montri Boonprom-on, 41, faces charges of possessing wildlife and carcasses and could face up to four years in jail and a fine of 40,000 baht ($1,300). Continue reading