Strange News
5:39 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Boring Conference Tickets Are Hot Sellers

The second annual Boring Conference was held over the weekend in London. It began as a joke but tickets sold out this year. Organizer James Ward worried his event might be too interesting.

Strange News
5:31 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Accused Drug Smuggler Just Wanted Clean Hair

Neil Parry was arrested at an airport in Darwin, Australia, and was accused of stuffing drugs into bottles of shampoo. Parry spent three days in jail, but has now received $100,000 in compensation. Testing of the bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner showed they actually contained: just shampoo and conditioner.

The Two-Way
5:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Superfailure Looks Likely; Then What?

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:28 am

The headlines this morning all say pretty much the same thing:

-- "Deficit Effort Nears Collapse." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Debt Supercommittee Members Brace For Failure." (The Washington Post)

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Around the Nation
4:49 am
Mon November 21, 2011

2 UC Davis Officers On Leave After Spraying Incident

Video shot by Occupy protesters shows people linking arms and sitting down to block a sidewalk on the campus of California Davis. A campus police officer steps up with an oversized spray can and calmly douses them with pepper spray. Two campus police officers have been placed on administrative leave, the university says.

Dan Gorenstein has been a reporter with New Hampshire Public Radio since 2001, when he moved to New Hampshire from the Midwest. He got his start in journalism at the Chicago Reporter; an investigative journal that examines race and class disparities in the Chicago area. He’s won numerous national and local awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi investigative reporting award. He covers public policy, politics, poverty, and occasionally, subjects that don't start with the letter 'p.' His stories appear frequently on National Public Radio.

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Africa
3:33 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Cairo Racked By Deadly Violence For A Third Day

A protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square prepared to hurl a tear gas canister at Egyptian security forces as others ran for cover Monday.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters clashed with police Monday in Cairo in a spasm of violence that has lasted for three straight days and left dozens of people dead – the worst since the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's government.

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