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May 27, 2011


1. Bishop Eddie Long Reaches Settlement in Sexual Coercion Lawsuit
Several months after being sued by four of his congregants for alleged sexual coercion, Atlanta megachurch preacher Bishop Eddie Long has settled with them out of court, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. (MORE: Atlanta Megachurch Pastor Accused of Sexual Coercion) Long, who was pastor of the 25,000 member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Lithonia, [...]

2. Bishop Eddie Long Reaches Settlement in Sexual Coercion Lawsuit
After more than two weeks in a coma, actor Jeff Conaway died on Friday after being taken off life support. The 60-year-old star of Grease and Taxi was found unconscious at his Los Angeles home on May 11, by his longtime girlfriend Victoria Spinoza, also known as Vikki Lizzi. He was taken to the hospital [...]

3. U.S. Government Could Store European Air Passenger Info for 15 Years
A draft agreement between the U.S. and the E.U. about sharing air passenger information was leaked to the Guardian, prompting outrage over what civil liberties groups say is an invasion of privacy and what creates greater potential for data mining of sensitive information. The personal information of millions of European travelers could be stored by [...]

4. Joplin Tornado Survivors Find Connection, Support on Facebook
After a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo., frustrated families around the world are still searching for missing family members. So local newspaper The Joplin Globe has created a Facebook page to reconnect them. And with 9,472 “likes” already, it has certainly become popular. The page, "Joplin, Mo., Tornado Survivors," encourages residents to post messages on [...]

5. Fashion Friday: Urban Outfitters in Hot Water and Other Style Scoop
NewsFeed's Feifei Sun rounds up the brilliant and bizarre from this week in fashion. Gaga, the Gadget Designer. The pop star's collaboration with Polaroid will include sunglasses that can record video and a camera with a built-in printer. [refinery29] Urban Shoplifters? Retailer Urban Outfitters has been accused, again, of stealing indie designers' jewelry. [The Cut] [...]

6. Reading While Eating for May 27: Because Alliteration Is Fun
In honor of the almost-over Month of May, today's links marvel at the many models of the letter M. Music Maker: This man has a unique instrument: 1,000 pairs of jeans. (Gizmodo) Mighty Metaphors: Learn about the metaphor program that spy researchers are building. (The Atlantic) Movie Montage: See a series of clips from the [...]

7. What Does Jared Loughner's Competency Hearing Mean? Three Experts Weigh In
At a competency hearing Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge ruled Jared Loughner incompetent to stand trial. Loughner, who faces 49 federal charges, is the suspect in a January 8 shooting massacre in Tuscon that left six dead and 14 wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Wednesday's ruling will send Loughner to a federal mental-health facility for [...]

8. 3.5 Minutes of Terror: Speed Sensor Failure Led to Air France Crash
According to an official report, the pilots couldn't reclaim control as the plane dropped out of the sky at a rate of 10,000 feet per minute.  France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) released the findings [PDF] from the flight's black boxes, which were found intact at the bottom of the Atlantic in early May. [...]

9. Give Peace a Chance: Iceland, New Zealand Top List of Most Peaceful Countries
Though its Grimsvotn volcano is currently causing some disruption, Iceland has something to brag about. The nation has been ranked the most peaceful country in the world, according to the 2011 Global Peace Index. It scored low for various indicators including the number of external and internal conflicts fought, political instability, military expenditure, and level [...]

10. Dog with Two Broken Legs Survives Tornado, Crawls Home to Find Family
Amid the destruction and devastation that has followed the severe tornadoes sweeping across the country, there's one touching survivor tail worth celebrating â€" and it wags. (See what we did there?) Three weeks after a series of tornadoes blew through Alabama, leveling everything in their path, a family in North Smithfield returned to their damaged [...]


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