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Game show host Pat Sajak
caused a major uproar in social
media circles on Tuesday,
writing on Twitter that
"global warming alarmists are
unpatriotic racists knowingly
misleading for their own
The longtime Wheel of For-
tune host has been outspoken
about his political views for
several years, and has donated
thousands of dollars to Re-
publican candidates, but his
opinions have never before re-
ally interfered with his day job.
First posted on Monday, the
hyperbolic attack was a trend-
ing topic on Twitter by late af-
ternoon and has been picked
up by major news organisa-
tions, including The Washing-
Left-leaning Web site The
Raw Story pointed out that
Sajak has been a longtime
critic of climate-change sci-
ence and has written about the
issue in the conservative pub-
lication Human Events.
Iranians held for appearing
in Happy video released
Police in Iran have arrested a group of young
Iranians who appeared in a YouTube video
dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy.
Police chief Hossein Sajedinia said the "vulgar
clip" had "hurt public chastity," the ISNA news
On Tuesday night Iranian state television
showed people it claimed were the detainees,
with their backs to camera, confessing that they
had been duped into making the video.
Shortly afterwards, a huge social media
campaign began demanding their release.
Reports from Tehran suggest that the group
has since been released on bail.
Mexico City slammed
for breast feeding ads
MEXICO CITY---Mexico City thought it had a
racy but catchy ad campaign to raise low levels of
breast feeding, but instead has drawn a storm of
protest from mothers and women's groups.
The campaign features a slogan that roughly
translates as "give your breast to your child, don't
turn your back on them."
The city government has agreed to rethink the
ad campaign, after women's groups said it was a
Activists said yesterday the city erred by not
consulting real women about the real-life barriers
they face in breast feeding. Many say they need
proper nutrition, more maternity leave and
permission to breast feed or pump milk at work.
The ads have also been criticised because they
feature semi-nude, thin, light-skinned actresses,
but no actual breasts or babies. (AP)
FBI head: Cyber crime posing
WASHINGTON---Law enforcement faces an
"enormous challenge" in preventing state-
sponsored cyber crimes, FBI Director James
Comey said yesterday, days after the Justice
Department charged five Chinese military
officials with hacking into American companies
to steal trade secrets.
"There are two kinds of big companies in the
United States: those who've been hacked by
the Chinese and those who don't yet know
that they've been hacked by the Chinese,"
Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The increased focus on cyber security has
heightened the FBI's demand for new, tech-
savvy experts. (AP)
Catholic principal regrets
DeGeneres dance photo
PENNSYLVANIA---The principal of a Catholic
elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is
apologising to parents for having used a photo of
celebrity TV host Ellen DeGeneres on an
invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.
St Andrew Elementary School principal Nancy
Matteo wrote in an e-mail to parents Tuesday
that using the photo was "completely wrong"
because DeGeneres, a lesbian, "lives her life
outside the teachings of the Catholic Church."
The site said it obtained the text of the e-mail,
which doesn't specifically mention DeGeneres'
sexual orientation but calls her a "poor role
model." DeGeneres came out as gay in 1997 and
married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008. (AP)
remains at the
site of one of
bomb in Jos,
Two car bombs
exploded at a
city of Jos on
more than 100
Pat Sajak calls global warming activists 'unpatriotic racists'
JOS---Boko Haram assaulted three vil-
lages in northern Nigeria, killing 48 people,
residents said yesterday, hours after twin
bombings claimed at least 118 lives in this
central city in an attack the government
blamed on the Islamic extremists.
One of the villages attacked between
Tuesday night and early yesterday is near
the town of Chibok, where more than 300
schoolgirls were kidnapped last month by
Boko Haram, according to residents and a
state intelligence agent.
Apagu Maidaga of Alagarno said residents
of that village hid in the bush and watched
while the extremists set ablaze their homes
of thatch-roofed mud huts.
"We saw our village up in flames as we
hid in the bush waiting for the dawn; we
lost everything," he said.
In Jos, where at least 118 people were
killed in twin bomb attacks Tuesday on a
bustling bus terminal and a market, residents
joined rescue workers armed with body bags
in looking for missing loved ones.
Most victims were women and children
vendors, said Mohammed Abdulsalam of
the National Emergency Management
"We expect to find more bodies in the
rubble," Abdulsalam said.
"Allahu akhbar!" some young Muslim
men yelled provocatively at an AP photog-
rapher near the scene, using the war cry of
Islamic militants that means "God is great"
within hearing of soldiers at a checkpoint.
Jos is tense with fears the attack blamed
on Islamic extremists could inflame religious
rivalry. The city in central Nigeria sits on
a volatile fault line dividing Nigeria's mainly
Muslim north from the predominantly
Christian south and has been a flashpoint
in the past for deadly conflict between
adherents of the two religions. Boko Haram,
the group suspected in the attack, wants to
impose an Islamic state under strict Shariah
law in Nigeria, though half the country's
170 million people are Christians.
Officials in at least three other central
and central-north states have suggested the
extremists are feeding into tribal and religious
tensions to spread the insurgency from their
stronghold in Nigeria's northeast into an
area where thousands have been killed in
recent years in disputes over land, water,
religion and tribe.
At the Jos marketplace, earthmovers
demolished buildings weakened by the bomb
blasts and fires and moved heavy debris,
allowing rescuers to search for more bodies.
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